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Old 12-16-2008, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 154 or 156 for my profile?? can't decide!

I'm going to buy a Burton Custom but I can't decide if I should go for the 154 or 156...

First off, I'm a beginner.
I'm already pretty good at linking (skidded) turns and most basic stuff.
The only basic technique I'm learning now is cross-over and cross-under carving.
I'm 6' (180 cm) tall and weigh around 140-145 (63-65 kg) pounds and I'm 24 yo so I won't grow anymore.
I am eating a lot but it doesn't stick to my body so I guess I won't really get any heavier during the next coming years.
Oh yeah, my feet are about 10-11.

I will mostly be riding on the slopes in the France Alps as I'm from Belgium and occasionally also indoor slopes.
Eventually I would also like to learn some ground tricks like buttering, small jumps, ... but not really park stuff.

Would you recommend the 154 or the 156?

Thx!
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 154 custom and I am about the same weight but a few inches shorter. you're a total pencil dude. I would say go with the 156 just because at your height it will seem more proportional to your body. Plus, if you're mostly freeriding with it there's no need to try to ride something that's too small. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the 154 really too small in your opinion?
Some people told me it will turn more easily and feel more responsive/alive and
that the 156 will only be more useful for powder.

Learning ground tricks would also be easier with the 154 according to them?
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Is the 154 really too small in your opinion?



Learning ground tricks would also be easier with the 154 according to them?
no it not really too small....yes it would be easier to learn ground tricks of a smaller board
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Another thing I'd like to know is if the 154 will be more difficult to carve with than the 156 and if it will be noticeably more unstable at higher speed?
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At that weight you're fine with the 154 and you wont notice any difference at high speeds but the only thing i'd be worried about is if a size 11 will fit on the 154's waist. You obv dont have boots yet or you'd know your size. Get boots first before you buy a board that's much to narrow.
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You're right.
I actually looked up the ww for both the 154 and the 156 and they are 246 and 247 mm, so only 1 mm diff.
Tomorrow I'm going to the shop to try out some boots, especially the ones that claim to have a smaller footprint like
the Burton Ruler and try everything out on the board.
The setup I'm planning to buy is custom ics + cartel est + ruler boots probably.

I'm riding 18/-12, and it seems like the cartel est bindings go a little bit up on the toe side, which should help reduce toe drag, I hope.

Anyway, I'm not buying anything before I actually tried it out as a complete setup
After all, we're speaking a decent amount of money here.

Thx for the advice!
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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At that weight you're fine with the 154 and you wont notice any difference at high speeds but the only thing i'd be worried about is if a size 11 will fit on the 154's waist. You obv dont have boots yet or you'd know your size. Get boots first before you buy a board that's much to narrow.
I run size 10 boots ont he 154 and at 19* fronty and -9* back I still get a solid amount of overhang. I wouldn't suggest going bigger than a size 10 boot on the 154. I have been riding a 158 that's probably 25.4 wide, and it sure is nice being able to throw down freedom carves without washing out from heel or toe drag.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Allright dudes,

I went to the shop last night and tried some things out.
Finally I went with the Custom 154, medium Cartel EST bindings and size 10.5 Ruler boots (reduced footprint).
The bindings are set up at +17/-15 and the overhang looks really ok!
The overhang is less than 1 inch, around 0.80 inch, which should be good since the cartel bindings go up on the toe side,
further reducing toe drag.

Anyway, this weekend I'm going to try it out on the indoor slopes
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