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KIDS

BUYER'S GUIDE

Snowboards

Navigating the world of snowboarding gear can be daunting, especially when it's for your young shredder. But fear not! Finding the right board for your kiddo is a lot simpler than it seems. Here’s a straightforward guide to help you make an informed decision.

Find the right board size

Generally speaking, weight is the most critical factor in deciding snowboard size. However, with kids, height is an important consideration as well. Most brands offer recommended weight ranges, but neglect height and recommended boot size. Here are some general guidelines to fitting your child at home:

  • Measure from the ground to your child's eyes (in centimeters).
  • Round the measurement to the closest board size available. For example, if your child's eyes are 123cm from the ground, this means they can fit into a 120 or 125. When in doubt, err on the side of longer, because kids are always growing.
  • Reference the table below to make sure your child’s boot size fits with the board.
Board Size Boot Size Binding Size (Kids)
90 Up to 12C XS (Kids)
100 Up to 1K XS - S (Kids)
105 Up to 1K XS - S (Kids)
110 Up to 3K XS - S (Kids)
115 Up to 3K Union XS-S (Kids)
Burton S (Kids)
Ride S (Kids)
120 Up to 4K Union XS-S (Kids)
Burton S-L (Kids)
Ride S (Kids)
125 Up to 5K Union XS-S (Kids)
Burton S-L (Kids)
Ride S (K-1 or Micro)
130 Up to 6K Union XS-M (Kids)
Burton L (Kids)
Ride S (K-1)
135 Up to 6K Union XS-M (Kids)
Burton L (Kids)
Ride S (K-1)
140 Up to 7K Union S-M (Kids)
Burton L (kids)
Ride S (K-1)
145 Up to 7K Union S-M (Kids)
Burton L (Kids)
Ride S (K-1)

Brand Board Size Guides

Each brand handles sizing a bit differently, but most focus only on weight. Please find below size charts from the various brands we carry for an additional reference.

BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg) BOOT SIZE (US)
85 13-57 / 6-26
95 26-70 / 12-32
105 37-81 / 17-37
115 55-99 / 25-45
120 59-103 / 27-47
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg)
80 25-50 / 11-23
90 25-50 / 11-23
100 40-55 / 18-25
110 40-55 / 18-25
120 50-80 / 23-36
130 70-100 / 32-45
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg)
80 35-50 / 15-22
90 40-55 / 18-24
100 60-75 / 20-27
110 60-75 / 22-29
115 50-65 / 22-29
120 55-70 / 25-32
125 60-75 / 27-34
130 65-80 / 29-36
135 70-85 / 32-39
137 70-100 / 32-45
140 90-135 / 41-61
141 80-110 / 36-50
145 90-130 / 41-59
149 100-140 / 45-64
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg)
100 40+ / 20+
110 40+ / 20+
120 50+ / 25+
125 50+ / 25+
130 60+ / 30+
135 70+ / 30+
140 80+ / 30+
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg) IDEAL BOOT SIZE (US)
100 55-75/ 25-34 Up to 5K
110 55-75 / 25-34 Up to 5K
115 55-85 / 25-39 Up to 5K
120 65-85 / 29-39 Up to 5K
125 70-90 / 31-42 Up to 5K
127 70-90 / 31-42 Up to 5K
130 75-100 / 34-45 Up to 5K
132 75-120 / 34-54 Up to 5K
135 80-110 / 36-50 4K - 6K
137 90-140 / 41-63 4K - 6K
140 90-120 / 41-54 5K - 7K
141 80-110 / 36-50 Up to 5K
142 100-150 / 45-71 5K - 7K
145 100-150 / 45-71 5K - 8K
147 110-150 / 50-68 5K - 8K
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg)
105 40+ / 20+
115 45+ / 20+
120 45+ / 20+
125 50+ / 25+
130 50+ / 25+
135 60+ / 30+
138 90+ / 45+
140 70+ / 30+
141 65+ / 30+
144 100+ / 50+
146 70+ / 35+
147 110+ / 55+
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs
86 25 - 55
96 30 - 65
106 35 - 75
116 45 - 90
121 45 - 90
126 55 - 100
132 65 - 110
137 75 - 120
142 90 - 130
146 100 - 145
149 (Wide) 110+
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg)
75 <90 / <41
90 <100 / <45
100 <110 / <50
110 <120 / <54
120 <120 / <54
130 <130 / <59
135 50-100 / 23-45
142 80-130 / 36-59
147 80-130 / 36-59
BOARD LENGTH SUGGESTED WEIGHT (lbs / kg)
125 65-80 / 29-36
127 70-90 / 32-41
133 75-100 / 34-45
135 70-100 / 32-45
138 90-120 / 41-54
142 100-140 / 45-63

General Board Buying Tips

After you've considered board length and compatible boots, there are some other general tips you should always consider:

  • 💪 Flex Matters Younger or lighter riders typically benefit from a softer flexing board, as it's easier to maneuver.
  • 🌱 Think About Growth Kids grow quickly! While you want a board that suits them now, if you're hoping for a couple of seasons out of it, you might want to consider if they'll outgrow it in terms of weight or height soon.
  • ⛰️ Consider the Terrain If your child is into park riding, they might prefer a different board than if they were primarily riding groomed runs or powder.
  • 🧱 Look for Durability Kids can be tough on gear. Opt for boards known for their durability without compromising performance.
  • 🪢 Add Accessories Some kids boards are compatible with accessories. For example, Burton's Riglet Reel can be really helpful for a brand new mini shredder.

If possible, try to involve your child in the process. Not only will this get them excited about the sport, but they might also have specific preferences about the board's design or brand.

2024 Board Staff Picks

This year offers some incredible kids' snowboards from the best brands in youth snowboarding. Our top staff picks for this year.

Boots

Properly fitting snowboard boots might be the most important of the entire setup. If your little shredder's feet are uncomfortable, they're not going to have a good time.

Find the right boot size

Fit is paramount. Above all, ensure the boots fit snugly without causing pain. A well-fitted boot will provide better control over the snowboard.

  • Measure your child's foot
    • Lay a blank sheet of paper on a hard surface.
    • Have your child stand on the paper with the socks they'd typically wear for snowboarding.
    • Mark the longest points of their foot (from the heel to the tip of their longest toe).
    • Measure the length in centimeters.
    • Do this for both feet and use the larger measurement for reference, as one foot might be slightly larger than the other.
  • Use Brand-Specific Sizing Charts
    • Each snowboard boot brand can have variations in their sizes. Always use the specific chart for the brand you're considering.
    • Match the measurement from Step 1 to the brand's size guide.
    • If available, also refer to width guidelines if your child has especially narrow or wide feet.

Brand Boot Size Guides

Each brands boots fit a little bit different and offer different shaped liners. Please find below size charts from the various brands we carry for an additional reference.

FOOT LENGTH (CM) BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
13.5 7C
14.5 8C
15.5 9C
16.5 10C
17.5 11C
18.5 12C
19.5 13C
20 1K
20.5 2K
21 3K
22 4K
23 5K
24 6K
25 7K
FOOT LENGTH (CM) BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
16.8 11C
17.5 12C
18.5 13C
19.5 1K
20 2K
21 3K
22 4K
23 5K
23.5 --
24 6
24.5 --
25 7

Download the Vans printable chart.

General Boot Buying Tips

In addition to making sure you've got the correct size, there's a few other important considerations to remmeber when buying boots for your child:

  • 🌱 Room to Grow While you might be tempted to buy boots with a little extra room for growth, avoid going too big. Excessive space can lead to reduced control and cold feet. Instead, look for boots that fit well with perhaps just a tiny bit of extra toe room.
  • ⚟ Lacing Systems There are different lacing systems available – traditional laces, quick-pull systems, and BOA dials. For kids, quick-pull and BOA systems are often easier for them to handle without assistance.
  • 👣 Check the Liner Some boots come with removable, heat-moldable liners which can contour to the shape of the child's foot, providing a more customized fit.
  • ⭐ Stay Within Brand Particularly with kids' gear, it's beneficial to keep boots and bindings within the same brand to ensure compatibility. The boots are designed to fit perfectly with bindings from the same brand. That being said, Union bindings work with just about anything!
  • 🧦 Don't Skimp on Socks A good pair of snowboarding socks can significantly impact comfort. Avoid cotton; opt for materials like merino wool that wick moisture and retain warmth.

Remember that comfort is king. Even the most technically advanced boot won't do any good if it's causing discomfort. Regularly check with your child after rides to see if there are any pain points or discomfort.

2024 Boot Staff Picks

This year offers some incredible boots from the best brands in youth snowboarding. Our top staff picks for this year.

Bindings

Bindings are the piece that literally "bind" everything together. It's the piece that creates responsiveness, feel and connection to the board.

Find the right binding size

It is crucial that the bindings you select for your child fit properly with their boots. Here's how to make sure you've got compatibility:

  • Make sure you've already purchased the correct pair of boots for your child.
    • Reference the boot section of this guide to select the correct pair of boots.
    • Take note of the brand and boot size you've chosen for your child.
  • Use Brand-Specific Sizing Charts
    • Each snowboard binding brand can have variations in their sizes and compatibility with boots. Always use the specific chart for the brand you're considering.
    • Match the size of boot your purchased to brand's binding size guide.
    • It's generally best with kids' gear to stay within the same brand if possible for boots and bindings.

Brand Binding Size Guides

It's important to make sure that the bindings you purchase will work with your kids' boots. Please find below binding size charts from the various brands we carry for an additional reference.

BINDING SIZE BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
S 8C-13C
M 1K-3K
L 4K-7K
BINDING SIZE BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
S 3K-6K
BINDING SIZE BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
S 5K-7K
BINDING SIZE BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
XS 11C-1K
S 2K-5K
Youth S 4K-8
BINDING SIZE BOOT SIZE (US YOUTH)
XS 11C-3K
S 3K-5K
M 6K+

General Binding Buying Tips

Bindings might seem a bit complicated, but they're actually pretty straightfoward. There are a few important tips to keep in mind when buying kids' snowboard bindings:

  • 🚪 Ease of Entry and ExitLook for bindings that are easy for your child to get in and out of. Speed-entry or rear-entry bindings can be more straightforward for younger riders, although traditional strap-ins offer more adjustability.
  • ⚙️ AdjustabilityAs your child grows and their skills develop, having adjustable bindings can be a boon. Look for bindings where the highback, straps, and stance can be easily adjusted.
  • 🤝 CompatibilityGenerally, it's best to match boots and bindings from the same brand where possible. They were designed specifically for eachother.
  • 💪🏾 Flex RatingLike snowboards, bindings have a flex rating. For beginners, especially young children, a softer flex is generally recommended. It's more forgiving and easier for them to maneuver.

Remember, a well-fitted and suitable binding enhances the connection between the rider and the board, ensuring better control and a more enjoyable experience.

2024 Binding Staff Picks

This year offers some incredible bindings from the best brands in youth snowboarding. Our top staff picks for this year.

KIDS' BEGINNER
SNOWBOARD PACKAGES

The perfect packages to get started.

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Tailored for the youngest riders taking their very first step into snowboarding. These all-inclusive snowboard packages are handpicked for a child aged 2-6 who is just starting out. Additional safety/accessory packages are also available to add so you can get everything you need to go straight to the slopes.

Outerwear

Equipping your child with the right snowboard outerwear is essential for warmth, protection, and functionality, ensuring they stay comfortable and dry from the first run to the last.

Choosing the right outerwear

With kids' outerwear, it's often function over fashion. But this year's collections look great! Always make sure to pay attention to waterproof ratings, insulation and room to grow features.

Waterproofing

Look for gear with a high waterproof rating, measured in millimeters, to keep them dry in the snow.

Insulation

Opt for appropriate insulation to keep your child warm. Outerwear comes in different insulation levels from light to heavy, or you might prefer shell jackets combined with layers underneath for versatility.

Fit & Grow Features

Select outerwear that is neither too tight nor too loose, with some room for growth. Many brands offer 'Room-to-Grow' features where you can extend sleeves and pant legs as your child grows.

Layering

The outerwear should work well with mid-layers and base layers to allow for flexible heat management depending on weather conditions.

2024 Outerwear Staff Picks

Some amazing styles and tech are now available to keep your little one warm and safe out on the slopes. Our top staff picks for this year.

Essential Accessories

Snowboard accessories for kids not only enhance their on-mountain experience but also prioritize safety and comfort. From protective gear like helmets to goggles and colorful beanies, selecting the right accessories can make a child's snowboarding adventure both safe and fun.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the best time of year to buy kids' snowboard gear?
Opting for pre-season sales in the fall is the ideal time to invest in your child's snowboard gear. During this period, stores provide the most extensive range of designs and sizing options. Conversely, purchasing kids' snowboard gear at the end of the season sale can be risky due to the unpredictable nature of their growth.
Buying slightly larger snowboard gear for your child with the intention of them growing into it can be a good strategy, but it should be done carefully. It's reasonable to choose gear that provides a bit of room for growth, but don't go excessively large. A snowboard that's too big can make it challenging for a child to control and enjoy their snowboarding experience. Select gear that aligns with your child's current size within the manufacturer's recommendations.
Kids' snowboards are typically shorter and narrower than adult boards. This allows for easier maneuverability and control for children who may have less strength and experience. Their snowboards have a softer flex to provide a forgiving and more responsive ride, helping young riders maintain balance and control.
It's always best to make sure that wherever you buy your kids' snowboard gear offers a good return policy. Check out ours here.
Does kids snowboard tech change much from year to year?
Kids' snowboard technology, like adult snowboard technology, does evolve over the years, but the pace of change may not be as rapid. Changes in kids' snowboard technology may not be as drastic or frequent as in adult gear, as the fundamental needs of young riders remain somewhat consistent.
Yes, kids' snowboards, like adult snowboards, benefit from regular waxing and tuning to maintain their performance and ensure a safe and enjoyable riding experience. Tuning a board ensures - optimal gliding, edge control, board lengivitity and overall safety.
When it comes to snowboard equipment, as with many other sports, the industry mostly offers unisex or gender-neutral gear. The focus has shifted away from gender-specific equipment and instead focuses on individual preferences, performance, and fit. There are certain kids' boards created by a female or male rider so they may appeal to one gender more than the other. However, the overall technology would be the same.
Properly storing your child's snowboard gear during the offseason is important to ensure it remains in good condition for the next winter. Make sure that all equipment is clean and dry before storing. Some other tips - loosen the bindings, remove the liners from the boots and store in a cool dry place. You can store the boards vertically or horizontally.