What Size Skateboard Should I Get? (How To Know That)
When talking about skateboard sizes, there are two possible meanings.
For some people, they will think of the length of the skateboard when being asked about the size, while other people will be talking about the width.
Here at our website, we have a lot of articles concerning length and the difference between the best longboards and a regular skateboard, so in this article when we speak of size, it will be the width that we are covering.
Read on to learn about the different widths offered and then figuring out which width is right for you.
Skateboards can be broke down into four different main sizes.
You have micro decks, mini decks, mid-sized deck, and full-size deck.
Each of these has some variation in specks, but we will cover the most common details of each one.
One of the best things about the sport of skateboarding though is how customizable the skateboard is to you, so once you become an experienced rider, you can get a board that meets your exact specifications.
Micro deck skateboards are called this because they are small. Even though they are small though, they are not as small as a penny board. Micro decks are still in the normal skateboard family. A typical micro deck is 27.2 inches to 27.6 inches long. For the width, it normally runs from 6.5 inches to 6.75 inches. Continue reading to find out who this board size is best for.
A mini deck is a little bigger than a micro board, but not much. The length is normally around 28′ while the width is normally seven inches. This small size difference may not seem like much, but it does make a difference.
Mid-size decks are starting to get more into what you might see on a regular basis at a skate park. The length of these boards normally is 29 inches, and the width is 7.3 inches.
Last we have what is considered full-size decks. These have a bit more range than the others because the most people buy this kind of boards.
The length of these kinds of boards normally doesn’t vary much and falls around the 29-inch area, but the width can differ greatly.
The standard full-size board has a width of 7.5 inches to 8 inches. A more trick type board has a width of 8inches to 8,25inches, and a cruising board has a width greater than 8.25 inches.
How To Know What Size Of Skateboard To Get?
Well, there are a couple of factors when determining what size skate deck to get.
The first factor is your height and more importantly your foot size.
The second factor is what kind of riding you will be doing.
First, we will look at foot size though. If you are younger and have a foot size of 3 or smaller, then you will want a micro board most likely. Normally people that fall into this range are kids who are just learning how to ride. The typical age is 5 or younger for micro boards and 3.5 inches tall or shorter. If your feet size doesn’t match your height though, then most of the time it is better to go by foot size than height when choosing a board.
Mini boards are for riders who have slightly bigger feet than a micro board. If your foot is size four to six, then you will probably want a mini board. This normally means kids who are around six to tween years. The typical height of a mini board rider is someone who is between 3.5 inches and 4.4 inches tall.
Once you get to a mid-size board, you are getting into a little older of person. Most mid-size board riders are in their teenage years, but not adults yet. Some adults though do ride the smaller boards though. Most of the time a mid-size board works best for someone who is 4.5 inches tall to 5.2 inches tall and someone that wears size seven or eight shoes. This means that women riders may fall into this range even as an adult.
Last we have the full-size boards which have more variety in what size to get. Most riders of full-size boards are adults, and that means that they can make their own decisions better on what type of board is most comfortable for them. Typically though, a standard full-size board rides by someone who is 5.3 inches or taller and a shoe size of nine or greater. Depending on how much bigger your foot is though, you might want to get one of the wider full-size boards for the most comfort.
The other factor besides height and shoe size that determines what size board to get is the riding you will be doing.
If you are going to be doing normal street riding with some tricks, then you might not need as much foot room as someone who is going to be doing a lot of cruising.
When cruising, you will be standing on your board for longer periods and need to be able to be comfortable.
If you are going to be doing a lot of tricks or riding ramps and things, then you might also need more foot room to be able to move your feet to kick off the board or have more landing room when coming back down from your tricks.
This is why your riding style also affects the board size you need, and it isn’t just based on your shoe size.
Lastly, some people stand in different ways on their board to be comfortable. If you stand with your feet perfectly even with each other, then you won’t need a board that as wide as someone who stands with their feet, not in line with each other. Some people like having one foot closer to the edge than the other, and not have both in the middle of the board. Once you have been riding for awhile, you will learn the stance you like, and that will help you better figure out the size of deck you need.
So to finish things up board size or width depends on a few factors. The main one is your shoe size, and this is especially true for younger riders because they don’t know their style yet. As you get older though the board width depends more on the riding you will be doing and your stance. Your shoe size and height still matters some, but it isn’t the main focus when you get into a full-size board. Remember when picking out a skateboard that the most important thing when it comes to the width of the board is comfortable. If it is comfortable for you to stand on and ride, then you have most likely found the right width for you and your riding style.