Width is an important factor when choosing a snowboard. Too wide will lack responsiveness. Too narrow and you run the risk of toe and heel drag, which can easily throw you on your face, especially if you enjoy steeper terrain or laying down a hard carve- looking at you dudes with boot sizes 11.5 and up!
If you wear a size 11 or smaller snowboard boot, congrats you are in the clear. Feel free to skip the rest of this.
AVOID GETTING YOUR FACE ROCKED: Our Tips For Eliminating Toe and Heel Drag
1.) Get a Wide Snowboard
Typically, snowboard boot sizes 11.5+ will need a wide specific model which is going to have a waist width of 260mm or more. Check the chart to determine appropriate sizing for your boots.
Finding a wide model can sometimes be a frustrating operation for many riders out there. Luckily for our larger footed friends, our snowboards are amongst the widest on the market with the Backwoods 167W coming in at a monster waist width of 28.4cm and able to accommodate up to a size 15.
If you're more of a freestyle rider or just prefer the feeling of a twin shape under you feet, you can still enjoy the nimble, playful ride of twin board without the fear of dragging. The Range is available up to a 167W (waist-width of 27cm). This directional twin has a 20mm set back to keep you afloat in the deep stuff while still maneuverable enough to ride switch.
Even the non-wide specific models in our lineup fare more as mid-widths. Team favorite The Logger is a true twin designed to tackle all types of freestyle features. Available as a mid-width up to a size 158cm (waist-width 25.9) which will still have you covered up to an 11.5 boot.
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For the ladies with a 9+ snowboard boot, our women's models are on the wider side of the spectrum as well. The Rise 152 and Riva 157 both have a waist width of 25.2cm. This allows you to stay in the women's category before getting into the men's boards which can sometimes be too stiff or clunky to turn.
2.) Adjust Snowboard Binding Stance Width and Angles
Play around with widening your stance and ducking your angles more than than 18 degrees. Boot sizes bigger than 13 should be rocking angles closer to 30 degrees.
3.) Purchase Low Profile Boots
Not all boots are created equal. Some manufacturers and models have a larger profile on the board than others. Consider looking at a boots with outer sole lengths that run smaller or shorter which can allow you to ride a narrower board. Also, never a bad idea to get a professional boot fit and double check your size. In many cases, people are riding in boots that are too big if they haven't ever been properly measured. Newer boots also have much slimmer and sleeker designs than models of the past (RIP early 2000's moon boot phase).
4.) Adjust the Heel Cup On Your Snowboard Binding
Many snowboarding bindings have heel cup adjustments that allow you to set the binding back towards the heel edge or move it closer to the toe. Make these minor tweaks so that your boot is properly centered over the footbed.