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Old 01-22-2009, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, what is the difference beyond the obvious one that men's boards tend to be larger because men tend to be larger?

I'm a larger than average woman (5'8"; 165) looking for my first board. Am interested in the Burton Lux but it's a women's board and I wonder if it's too lightweight for me. Should I be looking at men's board too?

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are two main differences between men's and women's snowboards... the waist width is narrower on a women's board and women's boards are generally softer in flex when compared to similar men's models. You can ride a men's board, but a lot depends on your boot size. If you have an average women's size foot, you might find most men's boards difficult to control- especially if you are not very experienced (i am not sure if you are or not). You might want to consider sticking with a stiffer flexing women's board... I think this will optimize your performance. Although, if you feel up to it, there are plenty of women who rip on men's boards. Hope that helps.

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A+ for the best answer to this question yet. I always recommend that people use gender-specific gear, but it isn't necessary if you are dead set on riding something else. Keep in mind that it may be uncomfortable to ride mens gear as a woman. I've yet to meet a dude who wants to ride a pink board, so I have no idea how it works the other way around.
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yea im 5'9" and i wanted a guys board but then decided it was a bad idea because of the waist width and just the fact that they are heavier and more stiff. a womens board would definately not be too lightweight for you.
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Being a big girl, she should have no problem on a men's board in the future. However, for a first board and a beginner skill level, an appropriately sized women's board is probably a better idea because of the more forgiving flex and will be easier to turn and lighter.
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