snowboard sizing for a child
I am in the process of buying a snowboard for a nephew. I have never snowboarded before so I am not exactly sure on what to look for when buying him a board.
The questions I have are listed below. The child weights 58 lbs and is about 4ft tall. He will be using it in the Midwest, mainly harder packed snow,possibly man-made snow at times. He may occasionally go into some bowls,but mainly trying to get him down the hill in one piece.
1) What type snowboard should I get him(all mtn,ect.) or does it really matter at a young age(7 years old)?
2) Do you size a board based on weight or length. I seem to be finding both ways mentioned on line(length-chin to nose). How would you size it based on weight if it is a used board for sale with no manufactures chart on it?
3) Finally a general questions regarding flex of a board. What is the difference between a soft flex and stiff flex board in regards to how it performs. I would think a softer flex would be easier to turn? Is a softer board more responsive or no? Takes less energy to get it to edge so responds quicker or no?
Any insight is appreciated.