buying guide


Get the best ride, tailored to your needs

Here at Corbetts, we carry a wide selection of snowboards so every rider is sure to find a match, but the sheer amount of technology and variations in each board can feel overwhelming when making a selection. Read on for some tips on picking the best snowboard for you.

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01. Length (Size Chart)
02. Gender
03. Ability Level
04. Width (Boot Size Chart)
05. Style & Feel
      -Rocker Profile
06. Terrain & Use
07. Hole Pattern
08. Base



Just like any other feature in a snowboard, the ideal length will differ depending on some key factors but it is definitely a great place to start. Keeping your height and weight in mind will get your started on a recommended size range and you can adjust based on other factors such as the type of riding you’re planning on doing, your skill level, etc.

The following size chart will help you get started but don’t get too hung up on the numbers!

If you are above average weight for your height, you may want to size up and vice versa if you’re below average weight. For kids, jump down to our Gender section for more detailed size charts.



Corbetts carries a variety of Men’s snowboards, no matter your skill level or your preferred riding style.

Whether this is your first board or your tenth, we recommend that ladies pick a Women’s specific board. Snowboard manufacturers have really beefed up their game in the last few years. No longer is your only option to size down a board, Women’s snowboards will take into consideration body mass and build. You’ll see some narrower waist widths to accommodate smaller feet and softer flexes.

Like a beginner snowboard, a Junior board will have a softer flex making it easier to learn on and accommodating to smaller, lighter riders. While it may be tempting to size up when buying for your little one so they have room to grow into it, going too long too fast might hinder their progress. For an affordable way to keep your kids on the slopes as they grow, check out our Junior Exchange Program.



Rider Height (Inches)Rider Height (CM)Rider WeightSnowboard Size
3' 94cm 34-37lbs <80cm
3'3" 102cm 37-42lbs 80-90cm
3'5" 109cm 42-46lbs 85-95cm
3'7" 114cm 46-50lbs 90-100cm
3'9" 119cm 50-57lbs 95-105cm
4'1" 127cm 57-63lbs 100-110cm
4'4" 132cm 63-70lbs 105-120cm
4'6" 137cm 70-79lbs 110-125cm
4'8" 142cm 79-89lbs 115-130cm





If you’re looking for a snowboard that will help you progress in the sport and that will suit your riding style, be realistic in your ability self-assessment. Your skill level will factor into a number of other board design features such as flex, shape and materials.

    If you’re new to snowboarding or still learning to link your turns together, a softer board with a Rocker profile will be more forgiving.
    Intermediates will be comfortable carving and will most likely have a sense of their preferred riding style. You may want a bit more responsiveness in your board at this stage, picking something with a medium flex and better edge hold such as a Rocker/Camber combination in the profile. (We’ll take a more in depth look at Profiles further down in this guide).
    If you’re feeling pretty confident and are in control of your board, you can grade yourself as an Advanced rider. Higher performance from your gear might be necessary at this level, again adding stiffness but also consider the core materials, the base and any kind of performance reinforcements built into the board for durability.
    Experts will have complete control of their board at high speeds and will typically have a riding expertise but might also venture out into different areas. At this level you may be shopping for an alternate board to add to your quiver.




While wider and narrower snowboards have their unique uses, the most important factor in selecting the width of a snowboard is your boot size. You want your boots to hang over the edges just enough to give you leverage in your turns but not so much that your toes will catch and hit the snow. The width is measured at the narrowest point in the snowboard (also called the waist width, which is typically measured in mm).

Use the chart below to determine the appropriate waist width in relation to your snowboard boot size.

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-Wide


As a general rule, if you wear a US size 11.5 or up you will most likely need a Wide snowboard. However, boot sizes vary and some are made with slimmer profiles, make sure to take this into consideration when selecting your board’s waist width.


We’ve referred to Profiles, Shapes and Flex earlier in this guide but we’re about to dive into exactly what these are and how they will work with (or against) your riding style. These are the features that will give your board its personality.


A snowboard’s flex will determine its stiffness ranging from very soft which will be forgiving and easier to maneuver over deep snow, to very stiff which will be responsive to the rider but requires technical skill to handle. On our snowboard product pages, you’ll see a flex rating somewhere between 1-10, one being the softest.


    These guys are best for true novices or young skiers with little weight. They will be more forgiving and easy to learn on. Look for a 1-2 flex rating.



    Something easy to control for beginners to intermediates riding at moderate speeds. A soft board won’t require as much technique to make it react as it should. A soft board will have a 3-4 flex rating.



    There’s always a happy medium. A medium flex snowboard will serve well in most situations; it’s still easy enough to control at slower speeds but offers stability when picking up the pace. For powdery conditions, a medium flex is also the most common choice so as not to get buried under snow. A 5-6 rating is your happy medium.



    As you go up in stiffness, so should your ability level (Park boards are the exception here). A stiff snowboard is designed to work well at higher speeds and will respond well to proper technique. Look for something in the 7-8 range.



    These are reserved for aggressive riders that like to lay down high speed turns. You guessed it, look for a flex rating of 9-10.


The shape of a snowboard can be determined by looking at it from the top. Different shapes will help you initiate and exit turns in different ways. Read on to find what will suit your riding style.

    These guys are generally meant to be ridden one way down the hill. Ideal for all mountain riding, the binding inserts will typically be set back a bit further from the tip (rather than perfectly centered). The stiffness and Rocker profile of the board might also vary from tip to tail to help initiate and release turns.


    As implied by the name, a true twin snowboard is perfectly symmetrical, down to its tip and tail measurements and its flex pattern. The binding mounts will also be centered making it easy to ride in any direction which makes this shape ideal for freestyle and park riders.


    You guessed it; a Directional Twin is the best of both worlds. A directional twin might have a symmetrical shape but a directional flex/rocker pattern or vice versa. These boards do well for all mountain riders or freestyle.


    The asymmetrical shape is still quite new in snowboarding, however, they are gaining popularity. While the human body is generally symmetrical from left to right, it isn’t from front to back. To compensate for this, asymmetrical boards will typically have different side cuts on the toe and heel sides making it easier to initiate and release your turns.



The Rocker Profile of a snowboard is the curvature or arc pattern it has when looking at it from the side. Different Rocker patterns will affect edgehold, the springiness of the board and floatation.

This is the traditional snowboard profile. Arching up in the middle with contact points near the tip and tail, when weighted it creates a long evenly pressured running surface and edge. This provides a lot of springiness in the board for strong turns and pop in the park which is where this profile is most popular. While this is the tried and true profile for snowboards, it does take some experience riding as edges can catch easily.


Playful and forgiving, rockered snowboards are the opposite profile of cambered board. Because the arc in the board is reversed, the tip and tail are usually raised which make this profile great on powdery snow for extra float. You may find that the rocker profile lacks in edge hold and pop but most snowboard manufacturers offer technology to increase edge hold.


Flat boards are just as you’d expect. When unweighted, the board will lie flat from near the tip to near the tail. More forgiving than a fully cambered board, a flat profile will offer more edge hold for more precise turns than a rocker.


There are endless combinations of profiles, mixing rocker and camber profiles to offer up a balance of both and making any given snowboard more versatile. We’ll cover a few of the most popular combinations here but as a general rule camber offers more edge hold and stability at high speeds on packed snow while rocker provides more float on powder and catch-free edges. It’s all about feel and personal preference.

Popular for freeride in softer snow, this profile offers up carving edgehold on hard packed snow from the camber underfoot with turning ease and float with added rocker in the tip and tail.


Again, offering up a bit of balance, this flat profile provides more edgehold and pop than a fully rockered board but still maintains float and ease of turning.


Specific to snowboards, this profile works with the idea that the rider’s weight will primarily be above the cambered areas. This creates strong, even pressure along the edges for precision carving and responsiveness.




While selecting a snowboard mostly comes down to personal preference, some boards are designed with specific uses and conditions in mind. For instance, you’ll definitely have a better time riding a powder board on powder rather than something that is constantly shoveling under the deep stuff.

    Pretty self-explanatory, if you’re looking for something that can handle just about anything you throw at it, look for an all-mountain snowboard. Most all-mountain boards will be right at home on groomed runs, powder and parks. If this is your first snowboard or you’re not sure where to start, an all-mountain snowboard is a great choice.


    Somewhere in between an all-mountain and powder board, freeride snowboards are great for riders getting off groomed runs. Designed primarily to be ridden in one direction, this type of board features a directional shape, typically a little longer with a stiffer flex for added stability and control at higher speeds.


    A powder snowboard is designed to surf on the deep stuff. Similar to a freeride design, a powder board will usually have a directional shape, most commonly with a wider tip and tapered tail and the binding inserts will be set back closer to the tail to help you stay afloat. Rocker profiles and softer flexes are also popular in powder boards, all to maintain that surfy style and not get buried under snow.


    Designed for parks and all its features (jibs, rails, cans etc.), freestyle boards are often shorter in length for easier control, and will feature a true twin shape to easily ride switch (non-dominant foot forward). If you’re looking for something a little more versatile but that will still perform on freestyle runs, look for an all-mountain freestyle board.


    These guys are specifically designed for backcountry riding. As the name implies, splitboards separate in half for uphill touring (you’ll need climbing skins and special bindings), and reconnect when you’re ready to cruise downhill. If you’re planning a backcountry trip, make sure you’ve got all the necessities for avalanche safety and weather conditions.



The hole pattern on a snowboard refers to the inserts for binding install. Most commonly you’ll see a 4x4 or 2x4 hole pattern. 4x4 simply means that the inserts are 4cm apart while the 2x4 are 2cm apart for more mounting options. Some manufacturers also have their own patterns such as Burton who have a 3D Insert Pattern and The Channel. These hole patterns are compatible with most major mounting systems but if you’re unsure about binding compatibility please get in touch with our knowledgeable staff.






An extruded base is made of polyethylene which is relatively inexpensive. While quite durable, an extruded base doesn’t hold wax as well as a sintered base and so will require more maintenance and are typically slower.

Also made of polyethylene, the process of creating the base differs from extruded bases. Instead of creating a sheet, the polyethylene is melted into pellets making the base more porous and therefore more receptive to wax. This results in a super-fast glide. Most sintered bases are also combined with other materials for added durability and impact resistance. As you can imagine, a sintered base is typically more expensive and can sometimes be more difficult to repair.


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Still have some questions? We've got an extremely knowledgeable and friendly team at Corbetts. Visit us at our retail location or give us a call and we'll help you find the perfect snowboard to fit your needs.

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