How to Know if Snowboard Boots are Too Small?

You can tell if your snowboard boots are too small by standing up straight and pushing your toes forward until they touch the front of your boots. If you can’t slip a finger behind your heel, your boots are too small. 

I’ve been snowboarding for decades, and I know the importance of properly fitting snowboard boots. I know how to get the proper fit and what to look for in boots that are too small or too large. 

This post will show you how to know if your snowboard boots are too small. I’ll give you some quick tips that will allow you to quickly check your boots and highlight why fit is so important. 

Let’s put those boots on and get to it.

Snowboard Boots Too Small – How to Check 

There are a few quick ways you can check to see if your snowboard boots are too small. 

The first way is to put your snowboard boots on with the socks you wear for riding. Stand straight up and push your toes all the way to the front of the boots until they are touching the front material. 

Next, reach your hand inside of the boot and try to slide your fingers behind your heel. If you can’t slip your hand all the way down, then your boots are too small, and you should get a bigger size. 

Another way to tell is based on the feel of the boots. If you feel the top of your feet pressing against the top of the boots, then the boots are probably too small. If your feet are always tired, cramped, and uncomfortable, then your boots are also too small. 

Working with a snowboard tech or boot fitter is a great way to get the perfect fit. They will know how to help you find the perfect pair of boots that fit you properly, and this can help you ride to the best of your abilities. 

The Importance of Properly Fitting Boots

Getting snowboard boots that fit properly is extremely important. If you have boots that are too small or too large, you aren’t going to be able to ride as well as you would when you have properly fitting boots. 

Boots that are too tight can cause your feet to hurt, leading to ongoing discomfort that will make you want to end your day early. 

Boots that are too loose will make you lose a bit of performance, which affects your ability to ride at top levels. 

You always want to get snowboard boots that are pretty snug, without being too tight or too loose. And it really pays to shop around until you find a pair that accomplish this.   


Here are a few commonly asked questions relating to the fit of snowboard boots. 

How tight should snowboard boots be?

You want your snowboard boots to be snug all around your feet but not too loose or tight. If the top of the boots is touching the top of your feet or your toes are crammed, then your boots are probably too tight.  

Is it OK if snowboard boots are a little big?

You don’t really want your boots to be too big when you first start wearing them. Most boots will pack out once you start riding, which means boots that are a little big will get even bigger. A proper fit is essential and it should be snug to begin with.  

How do I know if my snowboard boots fit?

You want your snowboard boots to fit pretty snuggly. They shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. If you have too much extra space in the boots, they are too large. If your toes or feet are cramped, then they are too small.  

Do you size up or down for snowboard boots?

It’s better to size down than size up when getting the proper fit for snowboard boots. Boots will pack out over time, and you always want them to be snug rather than loose. If you downsize, this will help you have the best fit. 

Final Thoughts

If you take a minute to check that your snowboard boots fit properly, you will have a better experience on the snow. You really need to have boots that fit snuggly without being too loose or too tight to get the most out of them.

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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