Choose My Deck Size

The different deck lengths change the distance between the SR360 assemblies. These can be thought of as your pivot points, and making them very far away from each other will make turning more cumbersome (like driving an SUV). Making them too close together will make turning too tight and unstable (like driving a go kart). Everyone needs to find their perfect balance, which can be found by combining a few factors like height, stance width and riding style.

board-size-chart

 

Start with your height & stance width

Your height and the sizing chart are a great first match, especially if you’ve never snowboarded before. You can also use your stance width to determine if the size is right for you. The best way to measure stance width is to lay a tape measure on the floor with about 3 feet of tape laid out. Then get in your preferred stance and measure from the outside of your feet. Then double check that this stance is within the deck size you are considering.

 

Consider your riding style

If you are on the fence between sizes, then consider how you like to ride. Choosing a larger size will make your ride more stable – but will also force you to put more effort into sliding or spinning. Choosing a smaller size will be more nimble and easy to spin, but will also feel more unstable. In snowboarding terms, it is the difference between a powder board and a park board.

Choose My Battery

There are two battery sizes available: the LT2X and LT3X battery. There are pros and cons to each size, so consider your personal preferences, riding style and commute distance when choosing a battery.

LT2X (10 mile range)

Pros: lightweight (3 lbs) while still getting a lot of range. Bundles well with an additional LT2X battery as the overall range is far (20 miles) and you’ll always have a way home with a backup battery.

Cons: the only reason not to choose the LT2X is if your range is between 10-15 miles and you only want one battery

 

LT3X (15 mile range)

Pros: longest-range battery by LEIF, likely won’t need another battery for a while as 15 miles is a pretty decent workout you’ll need to build up to

Cons: heaviest battery we have (5 lbs) and also most expensive

My experience riding LEIF

Aaron Aders, Founder, LEIF Technologies

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 175 lbs

Snowboarding style: tree riding, powder jumps, side hits, 180 and 360s

I started riding the 87cm deck because for one it was the first prototype we had and it made more sense with my height. However, I quickly stepped down to the 82cm as soon as it became available and I saw how much easier it was to maneuver. I would say the difference is driving a Rolls Royce versus a Ferrari (I’ve actually never driven either one, but this is what I imagine both would feel like).

I have rode the 82cm for a long time and I’m very happy with it. It is very stable and I’m able to spin and even ride through a crowded NYC office!

However, my world changed when we came out with the 77cm model. The first time I rode it almost felt like the first time I ever stepped on the LEIF. The 77cm is almost like a skateboard in length and is probably far too short for my height. But something about it really intrigued me.

As I was testing and shipping more 77cm, I really started to like it. For my height, it turns almost before I even think about turning! It is like the board is an extension of my brain and I almost telepathically control the board. The 77cm is also much lighter and can ollie the hell out of that thing.

So in essence, I’d say that the 82cm is definitely my commuting board since I like stability but I also like riding more aggressively than the 87cm can provide. I haven’t commuted with the 77cm yet since we are short on supply, but I’m curious to try it more this summer.

I’m guessing that once we start doing competitive events, I believe all the boards in the field will be 77cm models. However, these may or may not be the boards these riders are using on their daily commutes.

Thanks for reading – I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect LEIF size!

 

Aaron Aders

CEO, LEIF Technologies