If you’re getting into snowboarding, learn how to fit a snowboard. Snowboarding is quickly become one of the more popular sports. Cool clothing and full days (and nights) on the slopes add to the popularity of the sport. If you’ve decided to take up snowboarding, you’ll need your own board at some point. Follow these simple guidelines when you’re choosing and fitting a snowboard to make sure you get one that’s right for you.
- Decide what kind of snowboarding you want to do. Snowboarding incorporates different styles, each with its own style of board. Do you want to freestyle, do tricks, practice in the pipe or do back country snowboarding? If you’re just starting out, the best choice is a free ride snowboard, which is designed for downhill only activities. Look for this label when you’re shopping for a snowboard.
- Categorize boards by your sex. Any snowboard shop has its boards divided into women’s, men’s and kids. Go to the appropriate section to automatically eliminate boards that won’t fit.
- Choose boards that you like and start measuring to fit your snowboard. All snowboards come in cm measurements to indicate their length. Choose a board of medium length and hold it in front of you, with one end on the ground at your toes and the other end in front of your face. Where does the top end fall? If it’s over your head it’s too tall. If it ends mid-neck it’s too short. The best snowboard fit is a board that ends at your chin. Experiment with different lengths until you find the right fit.
- Lift the snowboard to measure its weight. Lighter boards are easier and quicker to maneuver, so when you fit a snowboard, look for one that’s relatively light. Choose a board that’s relatively wide as well, since this makes it easier to balance on the board.
Tip: Choose boards that feature your favorite colors and designs, to make a personal statement. Buy snowboard boots and bindings when you buy your board, to have the full set.