choisir un snowboard enfant : nos conseils WEDZE

How to choose a children's snowboard?

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Children often dream of learning snowboard. Today, a range of equipment designed for their size and level is available. So how do you choose the right board for your future rider? Discover all our recommendations to help you!

 

quick guide

When selecting a children's snowboard, you must take 3 essential points into considerationt:

 

  1. A child's snowboard must be selected based on the child's size
  2. Child's snowboard boots must be selected based on the child's shoe size
  3. Child's snowboard bindings must be selected based on the size of the snowboard boots selected

What is the correct snowboard size for a child?

When selecting the size of a child's snowboard, one essential criteria must be taken into consideration: the size of the child.

 

A short board is easier to manoeuvre. This will increase the child's confidence so they can find their feet and progress more quickly. A longer board will be more difficult to manoeuvre.

 

Yes, but… children grow, on average, 6 cm per year! You don't necessarily want to buy a new snowboard every year.

 

A good compromise is to opt for a board that is 10 cm to 20 cm smaller than your child. That way, they'll be able to keep it for a couple of seasons. There are also boards with two binding positions. If your child has grown considerably, you can opt for the larger distance between the bindings.

 

Here is a table to help you select the size for a child's snowboard:

 

RIDER'S SIZE (JUNIOR)

 

95 to 1.15m 1.15 to 1.30m 1.30 to 1.45m 1.45 to 1.60m 1.60 to 1.65m

 

BOARD SIZE
+/- 5 CM
All Mountain / Freestyle

 

90 105 120 135 145

 

tip

Put the board next to the child: it should roughly reach between the neck and nose.


Twin tip and rocker, the winning combination for junior snowboards

Over the past few years, the twin tip snowboard has been the definite answer to children's snowboards. It's a board that is symmetrical at both ends. And so it's easy for you to ride both forward and switch stance (backwards). With the Twin tip, your little snowboarder will soon feel very comfortable sliding in both directions!

 

The "rocker" describes a board that is raised on both sides, beyond the bindings. It helps eliminate edging mistakes (and therefore falls!) on the flat part of the slopes and makes turns easier.

 

Combining these two technologies when you choose your child's board, will make it easier to manoeuvre and to learn!

 

 

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Choosing children's snowboard boots

 

It's normal for snowboarding boots to be large and rather stiff! For this very reason, it is not always evident whether you have selected the correct size. Here are two tips to help you:

- If you remove the boot liner, you'll be able to feel your child's toes and check if there is enough room or not.

- If the boot doesn't have a liner, remove the insole and place your child's foot on top of it. There should be a 10 to mm gap between the big toe and the end of the sole.

This small 10 mm gap is very important. Air is a thermal insulator and will help keep your child's feet nice and warm!

 

my tip

PWhen it comes to boot closure systems, avoid the traditional knot tying which is too complicated for children. Opt instead for a snap tightening system.


Choosing children's snowboard bindings

 

The choice of binding size is based upon the snowboard boot size. An indicative equivalent is provided for each binding. For example L = 2 1/2 to 6. This binding is a size S and is suitable for shoe sizes 2 1/2 to 6.

Just like we normally try on snowboard boots to pick the correct size, we recommend trying on your bindings with your snowboard boots to get the correct size.

 

Add a cap to the outfit, or back protection, remind junior snowboarders of the basic rules when on the slopes, and they're all set to enjoy the joys of the slopes!

 

Philippe TIERCIN
Product manager
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