Originally Posted by graham
I know you prob get inundated with " what board should i buy " threads , but I need some advice.
After going boarding for my first time in Japan for 8 days , It was a sure thing I'd become hooked. What a holiday.
A year later and we are heading to France for 2 weeks. Yay.
The only problem is , we have to rent gear, as we just can't go as often as we'd like , being stuck in West Australia.
I've done some research but wanted to narrow down what kind of board specs wise , to rent to get the best from my hol.
I am linking turns and riding on intermediate runs and managed some powder.
I will prob weigh around 172lbs on the slope
Boot size 11 us (so mid wide??)
I'm thinking an all mountain board that will be great for carving and powder in that order , but no park. Should still be able to ride fakie
I"ll be 39 years old dammit
So for mostly carving and some powder , What length and bottom contour should I be ideally looking for at the shop.
In terms of bottom contour....
At your level it really does not matter, just dont let them give u a park noodle or a hard boot mono ski and you will be fine. As you can see from many recent articles there is a theme here where if u can ride it doesnt matter if it is a McDonalds tray or a two by four.
Just get an all mountain twin around 155-159. The extra size won't really hold you back, but you don't need it either. Fwiw I ride a blunted `54 at 180lbs (it rides a bit more like a '57-'58 but I'm probably fatmaxxing it
). Shorter for more skatey quicker turns, a bit bigger for a bit more stability.
If u luck into real pow (deeper than 30cm lets say) it would be worth it for you to try for pow-specific even if u lose that "fakie"ability, especially as a beginner it will make pow real fun and easy. Pow is alot of work anyway. This would be wait and see and ask them at the shop if its puking snow.