Wide Snowboards Explained

There are a lot of riders out there who need a wide snowboard for their size eleven, twelve (or bigger) feet, but keep in mind that your goal should be to find the narrowest board possible to insure a better-performing and less-tiring ride.

Travis Rice rides the Lib Tech C2 BTX which, like a lot of men's boards these days, is available in both regular and wide widths (24.7–26.5). PHOTO: Tim Zimmerman

Travis Rice rides the Lib Tech C2 BTX which, like a lot of men’s boards these days, is available in both regular and wide widths (24.7–26.5). PHOTO: Tim Zimmerman

The defining features of a wide board are that the width of the board from edge to edge is wider, the board is often built a bit stiffer, and they’re often available mainly in longer lengths.

How wide should you go?

There is no exact formula correlating a person’s foot size to a waist width. A rider with size eleven boots can fit comfortably on a 25 centimeter wide depending on a number of factors:

•The actual footprint of your boot in one brand can be completely different than in another brand, so shop diligently for small-footprint boots.

•The stance angles you ride can create more toe drag, so avoid flat angles (zero degrees). Instead, increase your angles to reduce the drag.

•The sidecut of the board—the waist width is the narrowest point on the board between your feet, but the actual width out at your feet could be smaller or wider depending on the depth of the sidecut.

How wide is wide?

Boards are available in regular widths, wide and mid-wide. Wide is considered about 26 centimeters on up. But there isn’t an industry standard (the K2 Podium 163 Wide has a 26.6. centimeter waist while the Burton Custom 162 Wide has a 26 centimeter waist) so there is a little frustration.

3 Tips Before You Buy:

  1. Stand on the board at your correct stance and angles with your boots on.
  2. Check for toe hang.
  3. Buy the narrowest board you can fit those dogs across.
The K2 darksatr is available in waist widths ranging from 24.4 to 26.5.

The K2 darkstar is available in waist widths ranging from 24.4 to 26.5.