Choosing a snowboard with the proper width is essential. An otherwise great board can be no fun to a person with a foot too small or too large for the board. So, it is very important to consider this when choosing a snowboard. You want that healthy hang. Don't make the mistake of thinking any over-hang is bad, it's important to be in the correct range.

Here is my rule for sizing (every foot size +/- 5mm):

US Mens:

US Mens 6-7 7-8 8-9 9-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14  14-15
Waist width (mm) 225-235 230-240 235-245 240-250 245 - 255 250-260 255-265 260+ good luck


Pro's and Cons:

A wider board will be more stable. Float in deep snow better. be less likely to revert (spin around) during sketchy or icy landings.

A Narrow board will feel "carvier". Narrower boards transition quicker edge to edge. it initiates spins with more force.


Exceptions to the rule:

Snowboard boot manufactures such as Thirtytwo and Burton are striving to provide the smallest footprint possible. This often makes the sole fit about a size smaller and can be a huge benefit to those bigfooters finding very few wide options they want to ride. not a whole lot can be done for the 13+ crowd, but with the right boot selection, a person with a 12 can certainly ride a midwide snowboard and be OK.

3-D or concave constructions can make a even a very wide board fun to turn because it rolls on to edge adding a much more responsive ride than a traditional flat base.

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