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The following factors play a crucial role in choosing the right snowboard. CamRock, Banana C2BTX, sidecut, effective edge… oh boy there is a lot of information out there which is why we have created this easy to use snowboard guide to help you narrow down the options.
Length & Size Chart
Snowboard Width & Boot Chart
Riding Style & Favorite Terrain
Hole Patterns & Binding Compatibility
Kids' Snowboards & Size Chart
Durability & Price Range
Snowboard Terms Glossary
How do you pick the correct snowboard length? The length of your snowboard will vary depending on your body weight and the type of riding you plan to do. Back in the day, traditional snowboard sizing meant you stand next to the snowboard and if the top hits your chin, great, it fits! While that may be a good place to start, weight is also very important factor in determining the appropriate board length. And another important consideration is the type of riding you plan on doing.
So, for example, if you are going to be mostly freeriding consider getting a slightly longer board for more stability and speed. If it's a freestyle tool you are looking for, consider smaller sizes that will be easier to spin and maneuver in the terrain park or half-pipe.
On each evo snowboard product detail page, you'll find individual size charts for each of the snowboards we sell. Remember, the length is as much personal preference as anything, so don’t get too hung up on the recommendations if you ride a longer or shorter board and are happy with it. Use our Snowboard Size Chart below for a starting point:
|Rider Height (in)||Rider Height (cm)||Rider Weight (lb)||Snowboard Size (cm)|
|4'10"||147||110 - 120||128 - 136|
|5'||152||115-130||133 - 141|
|5'2"||158||125-135||139 - 147|
Additionally, consider the following factors when deciding on a snowboard size:
For sizing kids’ snowboards, see our Kids' Snowboard Size Chart & Buyer's Guide
What is your ability level? There are snowboards designed for every ability level, each addressing specific rider needs. Flex, shape, length, construction, materials, design, and intended use are all important when crafting a snowboard for a particular ability level. Be realistic in assessing your own ability when researching and selecting a new snowboard. Finding the right snowboard for your personal attributes, including your ability will help make your riding experience more enjoyable and help speed your progression.
How do you choose the correct snowboard width? When a snowboard waist width is sized correctly the snowboard boots will hang over the edges of the snowboard just slightly but not so much as to hit the snow when the board is on edge (see the images below). Extending the toes and heels slightly over the edges of the snowboard allows you to apply leverage to the board and modulate pressure with your ankles. If your boots extend too far over the edge, they’ll hit the snow during hard turns and cause you to fall. To determine the proper snowboard waist width for your snowboard boot size view the chart below.
|Boot Size (US Men’s)||--||5.0 - 7.5||7.0 - 9.5||8.5 - 10.5||9.5 - 11.5||10.5+|
|Boot Size (US Women's)||Up to 6.0||6.0 - 8.5||8.0 - 10.5||10+||--||--|
|Board Waist Width (mm)||225-235||236-245||246-250||251-254||255-259||260+|
|Snowboard Width||Narrow / Women's||Regular||Mid-Wide to Wide|
Snowboard boot sizes vary by manufacturer and even by model within a single manufacturer's line, so the outer sole of manufacturer A's size 11 might be slightly longer than the outer sole of manufacturer B's size 11. Similarly, some boots are specifically built with a low profile. The shorter outsoles of a low profile boot allow a rider to ride a narrower snowboard. Additionally, the ramp angle on snowboard bindings partially determines how large of a boot you can put on a particular snowboard - more ramp angle means a boot will sit higher and fit on a narrower board.
What type of snowboard should you ride? While you can ride any snowboard on any type of terrain or in any snow condition, there are specialized snowboards for specific terrain, conditions and applications. For example, it's going to be more fun to ride a powder board in powder and a park board in the park. And while it's easy to over analyze the multitude of offerings available today, the following descriptions will give you a good sense of the major board categories.
All-mountain snowboards are designed to work well in all snow conditions and terrain. They are at home on groomers, powder, park runs and almost anything in between. The vast majority of snowboarders choose all-mountain boards for their great versatility. If you’re just getting started or unsure of exactly what you need, an all-mountain snowboard is a great choice.
Freestyle or park snowboards tend to be a bit shorter in length and love terrain parks, rails, jibs, trash cans, tree trunks, riding switch (non-dominant foot forward), wall rides and more. Freestyle boards often feature a true twin shape, and are typically selected by those looking to ride the terrain park. A more versatile variant of a freestyle board is the all-mountain freestyle, which combines the versatility of an all mountain snowboard with the playfulness of a freestyle snowboard.
Freeride snowboards are designed for the rider who spends most of the day off groomed runs and in varied terrain. They typically have a stiffer flex and are ridden in longer sizes than freestyle snowboards. Freeride snowboards often feature a directional shape that is designed to perform optimally in one direction.
Powder snowboards love powder. Often associated with freeride snowboards, powder boards sometimes feature a wider nose and a tapered narrower tail. The binding inserts, which determine the rider's stance, are often set back on a powder snowboard to help the rider float the tip of the board through the deep stuff. Powder snowboards often feature generous rocker, a design element where the tip (and tail) rise starts farther back on the board, which also helps the rider maintain tip float through the pow.
A splitboard is built specifically for the backcountry rider. Splitboards are designed to break down into two separate halves for touring and uphill travel (with climbing skins). Special bindings are required as well. Once you've reached the top, you reconnect the two halves for the ride downhill and ride normally. Don't forget the appropriate avalanche safety equipment and skills, knowledge of the terrain, weather and snow conditions (plus climbing skins) when you head out on your splitboard.
Common among freeride and all mountain snowboards, directional boards are designed to be ridden predominately in one direction. They are often stiffer in the tail and softer towards the nose to help maintain stability while carving at high speed. Typically, the binding inserts are set back (set closer to the tail of the snowboard) sometimes up to an inch.
Twin shape (also referred to as a true twin) is completely symmetrical with identical tip and tail measurements and flex pattern. Bindings will be mounted in the center on a twin tip snowboard. Often found in freestyle snowboards the twin shape is ideal for terrain parks because of the ability to ride in either direction.
A combination of twin and directional snowboards, directional twins are a mix of both shapes. A symmetrical shape (similar size tip and tail) combined with a directional core (softer tip than tail) is common, as is the opposite: a directional shape but symmetrical core. Directional twins are most at home on all-mountain and freestyle terrain.
A growing number of snowboards feature asymmetrical sidecut profiles, asymmetrical cores, or both. The idea behind asymmetrical shaping is that your body is not symmetrical from front to back, so your snowboard shouldn't be either. Boards with shorter heel side and longer toe side sidecuts, along with softer heel side cores make riding easier and more fun! For more info, see our Asym Snowboard Guide!
Camber is the traditional profile for snowboards, and still popular among high-level park and pipe riders because it offers maximum energy and pop. A cambered board has a smooth arch underfoot and touches near the tip and tail when unweighted; when the rider’s weight is added, it provides a long, evenly pressured running surface and edge.
A rocker board (also called reverse-camber) is just as it sounds – camber turned upside down. The side profile is the opposite of a camber board, with a smooth downward curvature and less edge contact when the board is weighted. Rocker boards float well in powder and pivot more easily underfoot. They also tend to be less “hooky” at both tip and tail and better for landing spin maneuvers when you don’t quite have enough rotation.
A flat profile is just as you’d expect – flat from near the tip of the board to near the tail. This shape splits the difference between camber and rocker, with more forgiving turnability than a fully cambered board and more precise edging capability than a fully rockered one.
Camber, Rocker, and Flat profiles are combined in a variety of ways to create an array of rocker profile choices for riders.
Rocker/Camber/Rocker shapes seek to give you both hard-carving edgehold on firm snow from camber underfoot with enhanced turnability and float in powder from the rockered tip and tail. This profile is increasingly popular for freeride boards designed primarily for soft snow.
Rocker/Flat/Rocker is another variation on the rocker theme that seeks to provide a little more hard snow edgehold and pop than full rocker while retaining ease of turning and float. Performance is between a fully rockered board and a flat board.
Camber/Rocker/Camber is a profile that’s specific to snowboards and which works because the rider’s weight flattens the two cambered areas. This design produces a strong, pressured carving zone between the rider’s feet and retains pop and carving precision at the tip and tail.
Other combinations of board profiles include Rocker/Camber Snowboards and Rocker/Camber/Rocker/Camber/Rocker Snowboards. Furthermore, brands are constantly evolving and experimenting with new rocker offerings. Camber dominant profiles have become increasingly popular of late. We have done our best to make sense of all these different combinations, but keep in mind different brands will combine the above profiles in many different ways.
So what is better? The answer: no one profile beats the other and it really comes down to your personal preferences. Typically, camber offers better edge hold and stability on hard pack and at high speeds while rocker offers more float in the powder and catch-free edges for terrain park riding. Rockered snowboards can be great for beginners because they facilitate easier turn initiation. Advanced riders who like a loose feel may also enjoy riding a rockered board. Check out our Rocker Guide for more information about rocker and its benefits.
The amount a snowboard flexes varies significantly between boards. Snowboard flex ratings are not necessarily standardized across the industry, so a "medium" flex may vary from brand to brand. Many manufacturers will give a number rating ranging from 1-10, 1 being softest and 10 being stiffest. Here at evo we have standardized the manufacturers' number ratings as a feel rating ranging from soft to very stiff. Generally we classify flex ratings of 1-2 as soft, 3-5 as medium, 6-8 as stiff, and 9-10 as very stiff. Flex ratings and feel may ultimately vary from snowboard to snowboard.
Softer flexing snowboards (typically freestyle and some all mountain snowboards) are going to be more forgiving and easier to turn. A soft flex is good for beginners, riders with lower body weights and park riders. Soft snowboards tend to be a bit looser at higher speeds but can also provide a soft buttery feel at slower speeds.
Stiffer flexing snowboards are usually built for freeride or backcountry use. They provide better edge hold and are more stable at high speeds. Stiff boards can be great for riders laying down high speed turns but tough for lightweight riders to flex properly.
Snowboards make different sized turns based on their sidecut radius, waist width and rocker.
Sidecut radius is the radius your board would create if the curve of the edge was extended out into a complete circle. Smaller numbers for sidecut radius indicate a smaller circle. Imagine a smaller circle vs. a larger circle and laying your snowboard on edge to turn around that circle.
The waist width is the width of the snowboard at its narrowest point. It is typically measured in millimeters. Narrow waist widths can be rolled from edge to edge faster than wider snowboards. Snowboards are designed to be ridden with your toes and heels very close to the edge of the board and waist width should correspond roughly with boot size.
Rocker in the tip and tail of your snowboard makes it easier to turn. Sometimes it is referred to as catch-free rocker because there is less of the snowboard edge to catch as you turn the board.
Waist width, sidecut radius and rocker are listed in the specs for each snowboard we sell. Here is an example:
2x4 Insert Pattern
4x4 Insert Pattern
Burton 3D Insert Pattern
Burton Channel Insert Pattern
*Important note: Many Burton snowboards feature a Channel design. Burton bindings built for The Channel are referred to as Burton EST bindings. Most non-Burton bindings will require special hardware to be used on snowboards with The Channel.
|Snowboard Hole Patterns & Bindings Compatibility Matrix|
|4x4 hole pattern||2x4 hole pattern||Burton 3D pattern||Burton Channel|
|4x4 Binding Disk||x||x|
|Burton 3D Binding Disk||x||x||x||x|
|Burton EST Binding (no disk)||x|
Please contact evo Customer Care 866-386-1590 for any questions about snowboard binding compatibility.
DISCLAIMER: THE MATRIX IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT INTENDED AS A "DO IT YOURSELF" GUIDE TO SNOWBOARD BINDING MOUNTING, ADJUSTMENT AND/OR MAINTENANCE, NOR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND SERVICE. ALWAYS HAVE YOUR SNOWBOARD BINDINGS MOUNTED, ADJUSTED, SERVICED AND INSPECTED BY A CERTIFIED SNOWBOARD BINDING TECHNICIAN.
For years snowboard companies simply sized down men’s snowboards and applied pretty pink graphics featuring flowers and animals to them. Not anymore! Companies have created women-specific focus groups, beefed up their women’s pro teams and created snowboards specifically for women based on their feedback. Women’s bodies and turn mechanics are different than men. Since women tend to have less body mass and smaller feet than men of the same height, women’s snowboards tend to have narrower waist widths, thinner profiles and softer flexes.
|Rider Weight (lbs)||Length (cm)|
|30-60||< 100 cm|
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