Making sure you have the right size snowboard for you and your riding style can be difficult, especially if it's your first board. However we're here to help with that, and as long as you follow a few simple guidelines then you should have the correct board underneath your feet every time.
So in a nutshell, the length of your snowboard will vary depending on your body weight and the type of riding you plan to do.
We made it super simple and created the the above size guide that you can use to figure out the correct board length based off your Weight. Weight is the first factor you should consider when buying a snowboard (the board will never know how tall you are).
The next factor to consider is your riding style. If you are unsure of this or plan to do a bit of everything, we suggest basing your board purchase solely off your weight and the guide above.
If you are going to be mostly freeriding consider getting a slightly longer board for more stability and speed, unless you’re looking at a volume shifted board (something shorter and fatter). Typical though freeride boards are 2-3cm bigger than your normal board length.
If you are are going to be mostly hitting rails and jumps in the park, consider getting a slightly shorter board that is easier to throw around (1-2cm). However, if you're hitting big jumps we suggest to use the guide above and base your board purchase off weight. This will give you more stability when landing.
If you're chasing powder or traveling overseas consider a slightly longer or even a volume shifted board, as this will help keep you floating above the snow.
Volume shifted boards are those shorter, fatter boards that you see people on the mountain riding. The idea behind this boards is that you can ride a shorter length because you are getting more volume in the width of the board. This snowboards are great for riding in powder.
Slightly longer snowboards, give you the same idea but don't take away volume from the length. So you get more volume by adding more length rather than adding it to the width of the snowboard. Consider adding 2-3cm on to your board length if this is the direction you will like to head. If you are mostly a freeride rider and/or like charging the mountain this might be a good option for you.