How to Size Snowboards for Kids

How to Size Snowboards for Kids
When it comes to snowboarding, size is importance. You should always size out your gear and ride only equipment that fits you. Sizing kids' snowboards requires the adult to take a few quick measurements and shop for boards accordingly. Once you understand snowboard size, it will be easy to get the right board for your child.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Size Snowboards for Kids

Step 1
Review and understand snowboard sizing. Snowboard specifications will give you all kinds of numbers and measurements. The two that you're most concerned with for your child's board are length and waist width. These are denoted in centimeters.
Step 2
Understand that weight and height affect what size is appropriate for your child. Height is commonly used as the sole determinant. As long as your child is average weight, using height is acceptable. However, if your child is above or below average weight, weight should be factored in.
Step 3
Take your child to the snowboard shop. The easiest way of sizing a board is to compare directly with your child.
Step 4
For an average weight child, look for a board that is between the chin and nose. Opt for a small board (around the chin or just below) for first timers and go a little longer (around the mouth or nose) for intermediates up.
Step 5
Size up or down. If your child is not average weight, refer to manufacturer height/weight guidelines to determine the optimal size for your child. If there are no guidelines available, size up a size or two for an overweight child and size down a size or two for an underweight child.
Step 6
Compare width. The width of the board should be roughly the same as the length of your child's boots. Compare, by placing the boots onto the board. Angle the boots slightly toward the tip and see how they size up. Avoid buying a board that either allows a lot of toe overhang or is much wider than the boots are long. Ensuring the right width will give your child better control.
Step 7
Take measurements. As there are many good deals on-line, it can be difficult to make the purchase at a shop. If you're shopping on-line, simply use a tape measure to measure from the ground up to your child's chin or mouth. Record this measurement in centimeters and look for boards that are roughly this length. Kids' boards generally fall between 90 and 145 centimeters.
Step 8
Measure the boots. To compare width, measure your child's boots from the heel to the tip of the toe. Compare this measurement with "waist width" on prospective board specs.
Step 9
Size up. There's some debate on sizing up. Since children are growing, you want to get a board that will last. However, sizing up too much can make the board uncomfortable and hard to control. It's a good idea to stay away from the smallest possible board below the chin as your child will likely outgrow this within a year. However, avoid sizing up drastically; don't purchase a board that is over your child's eyes.

Tips & Warnings

Kids boards are not generally too specific. However, if your child prefers a specific type of riding, this can factor in to the size of board. Freestyle boards should be sized on the short end of the scale while boards for free-ride, racing and powder riding should be longer, up around the eyes.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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