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Old 11-24-2013, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

My girlfriend's getting her first board and could do with your help
She's a beginner around 15-20 days within 3 seasons, likes to cruise all mountain, reds, no carving yet.
weight = 152 lbs, height = 5'7, feet = 9.5

Her first pick is a Flow Venus. Would a size 151 or 147 be better for her?

I was also checking out Flow Velvet 149, has little more tech- basalt underfeet, but is a twin park board. I was just wondering if the basalt would make this better for cruising all mountain vs Venus without basalt, but is a directional twin.

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Hi guys,

My girlfriend's getting her first board and could do with your help
She's a beginner around 15-20 days within 3 seasons, likes to cruise all mountain, reds, no carving yet.
weight = 152 lbs, height = 5'7, feet = 9.5

Her first pick is a Flow Venus. Would a size 151 or 147 be better for her?

I was also checking out Flow Velvet 149, has little more tech- basalt underfeet, but is a twin park board. I was just wondering if the basalt would make this better for cruising all mountain vs Venus without basalt, but is a directional twin.

cheers,
xav
Check out the Burton Social Rocker Snowboard. True twin shape so she can feel comfortable going either direction. Won't break the bank and is available in a 151. Ideally you want her board to fit between her nose and chin when sizing. She is a bit taller then most ladies.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check out the Burton Social Rocker Snowboard. True twin shape so she can feel comfortable going either direction. Won't break the bank and is available in a 151. Ideally you want her board to fit between her nose and chin when sizing. She is a bit taller then most ladies.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The best part is in his avatar the board only goes to the person's shoulder.....

Ps ignore the guy acting like height matters
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ideally you want her board to fit between her nose and chin when sizing.
I wonder how that would work for that female snowboarder that was 5'2" and 235 lbs.

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Old 11-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The best part is in his avatar the board only goes to the person's shoulder.....

Ps ignore the guy acting like height matters
Instead of being kook forum tough guys why not actually give some suggestions. PS the board in the picture was a Santa Cruz Josh Malay Pro Model, only came in one size and Josh is dead.

I guess the folks at REI don't know about sizing: Snowboards: How to Choose
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I'm not reading that. If they include height as a factor then they Dont know about sizing snowboards. I didn't suggest anything because i think the OP is looking at good boards.

My official suggestion is those two or the flow jewel. Flows boards are good and a good value. I would also suggest wiredsports line of boards. I wouldn't suggest a size because i know nothing about the person
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ride women specific boards are really nice. They are appealing too look at (which is a big deal for girls) and are really good for learning and progressing. The low rise rocker is very forgiving and she will catch less edges.

But basically a rocker mid flex high quality board will be perfect.

148-151 is a good size. 151 is better for her foot size waist width
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Don't get a full rocker nor a soft board...have her buck up and get a mid flex, perhaps slight rocker with cam like a c2 or rcr. She is a beginner and doesn't know the difference....so why start out on big training wheels with a beginner board. Get an intermediate, it might be slightly tough but she will develop better skills...and she is a good sized gal...so don't go dainty.

REI can be hit or miss...mostly miss they are superstore retail that can talk lots of bs...there to make a sale on mid-level shit...not a core shop with knowledgeable folks.

Also, perhaps before recommending a size, it is good to know what snow conditions and terrain your gal will be riding AND some of her personality...aggressive or anxious/fearful?
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147 is too short, unless she's going for park/jib/butter only.

I would be looking at 155 for her size for all mountain, or maybe 151 if she's not a very physical type.
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