The linked skiboard selection table is presented as a general guideline and starting point to aid you in narrowing your skiboard options that are appropriate for your height, weight, binding preference and anticipated riding conditions.
Note: For improved image quality, select the photobucket link below the image, left mouse click the image that appears, and it will zoom in at a higher resolution. You can then use the slider bars to view the area of interest in the table. You may also find it easier to use when printed on legal (14 x 8.5) size paper.
The minimum rider heights are dictated by the binding type (release or non-release) as published on the SBOL website. Note that the minimum height requirements are independent of riding conditions/application. Please respect these minimum rider height recommendations by binding type to avoid injury.
• Ranges shown in yellow are for skiboards with release bindings only
• Ranges shown in blue and purple are for skiboards with release and non-release bindings
Powder Conditions: Surface area and rider weight that translates into float are the overriding factors in establishing the maximum suggested rider weight in powder. A float value of 16 (2 skiboards) square centimetres per pound is used to establish the maximum rider weights to optimize powder riding/float. That is not to say that heavier riders will not be able to ride in powder with a specific board. Just that there will be less float and it may take a little more effort to keep the tips up.
All Mountain Riding: All mountain riders are looking for a balance of float and manoeuvrability and they are willing to sacrifice a little of each but still expect the skiboard to perform well in any condition. For all mountain riders with a powder bias, 14 (2 skiboards) square centimetres per pound of rider weight is used (in blue & yellow color) to keep the float value at an acceptable level for excursions into powder. Whereas a ratio of 12 (2 skiboards) square centimetres per pound of rider weight is used (in purple color) for all mountain riders with a bias for groomers.
Terrain Park & Groomers: Float is not a consideration for these application/conditions; rather skiboard length is because of the desire for manoeuvrability. The skiboard’s length should generally be no more than ½ the rider’s height to retain the nimble “skiboard feel”. The rider needs to decide what is more important to them, the manoeuvrability in a shorter skiboard that meets the minimum rider height for the binding type, or the stability (front to back to land jumps or cruise the groomers) of a longer skiboard.
HOW TO USE THE TABLE:
1. Measure your height in inches and your weight in pounds.
2. Determine what type of bindings (release or non-release) you prefer.
3. Determine the type of riding you want to participate in the majority of the time you are riding (Terrain Park & Groomers, Powder, or All Mountain.
4. If All Mountain is your riding preference, determine your bias; “powder” or “groomer”.
5. If you will be in the Terrain Park or Groomers, locate your height on the right side of the table and move horizontally to the left to identify suggested boards for use with releasable bindings (yellow or blue) or with non-release (blue only) bindings.
6. If you will be in Powder or All Mountain, locate your weight range on the left side of the table and move horizontally to the right to identify suggested boards for use with release bindings (yellow, blue, or purple) or with non-release bindings (blue & purple only).
7. If you have an All Mountain “powder” preference, select skiboards in the yellow (release binding) & blue (release & non-release binding) range. If you have a “groomer” All Mountain bias, select skiboards in the purple (release & non-release binding) range.
8. When more than one skiboard is suggested, consider the boards “personality” as dictated by its flex, width, and side cut radius. Note that: http://www.skiboardreview.com/ is a good source of other rider’s impressions of the skiboard’s personality. But be sure that the rider providing the review closely matches your weight, height, skill, and riding presences, otherwise the performance result may not be the same for you.
If in the end you need a tie breaker between a couple of skiboard options, do this test:
Use the selection table at your own risk. The table and this post are not a replacement for good judgement on the part of the skiboard buyer, nor is there any claim that it represents all situations. That is why it is a “guideline” and starting point in your skiboard selection process.