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Old 01-14-2014, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On the sizing chart for NS it says I need a wide board. I have never ridden a wide board before but it seems everyone tries to avoid them. What are the implications of a wide board?

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I know my foot size is ok for a regular board but a lot of the sizing charts say I am about 15-20 pounds over weight for a regular size board and I should go with a wide board instead.

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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at your weight the normal width boards you are looking at should be fine for 10.5s.
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They're a bitch to turn. The extra width for the same length as a normal board makes the board stiffer torsionally. The only upside is that they float better in deep powder for the equivalent length.
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They're a bitch to turn. The extra width for the same length as a normal board makes the board stiffer torsionally. The only upside is that they float better in deep powder for the equivalent length.
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You don't need a wide board. At a size 10.5. You can get a regular. Don't limit yourself to just wideboards if you don't have too. There are so many other options out there for people with regular feet vs us big footers.
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with a 10.5 foot you really don't need a wide

the new W's, like the Slayblade, are def not a bitch to turn if you know how to turn
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I wear a size 12 and love the wide boards. I struggled for years with toe drag until I rode my first wide board but I agree with a size 10.5 you should still be able to use a standard width board or a mid-wide max. As for turning my wide boards carve a line like nobodies business and yes they float the pow very well too. Not to mention they have a nice big surface for jumping.
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They're a bitch to turn. The extra width for the same length as a normal board makes the board stiffer torsionally. The only upside is that they float better in deep powder for the equivalent length.
You sound like riding a wide board is like trying to ride a 2x12. They are not difficult to turn/control as long as you are actually supposed to be using a wide board.
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Yeah based on comments on this forum, if I rode a wide board with my size 8 feet it'd be unrideable!

Well I bought a 166 Nitro Slash for the fun of it, and it's 26.7 cm wide or so at the waist. Got it cheap so figured I'd try it, and it's a lot of fun! Very surfy, and I can turn it through the trees no problem.

I wouldn't get a wide if you don't need one, for all the reasons listed above, but it's not impossible to ride, that's for sure.
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Rode a Coda with my small 7.5 feets. 25.3 ww. Not terrible but not ideal. Standing barefoot my feet don't reach the edges. With boots on they barely reach the edges. Edge to edge I didn't notice much difference maybe the full rocker helps. Still the most fun I've had on a board
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