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Old 01-18-2014, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First board!

First off, shout out to everyone on this forum! First post here, joined in search of more snowboarding knowledge

This is my first season getting heavy into snowboarding. I am size 12 boot, 21 years, 165 lbs, 5"9, regular stance. I tried a 150 cm k2 board rental, along with a 154 cm burton rental (the k2 definitely had more control). After a few days snowboarding I decided to stick with it and buy my first board. I ended up with a 2014 burton clash 151cm and burton mission bindings.

One shop suggested I go with a wide board at least 155 cm. But the shop I got this from suggested the 151cm due to me being a beginner. I have been on a few blues already with no issues, but have been sticking to more greens. The board is forgiving and I like it, but is this a realistic size for my stats? I feel 100% comfortable with it, so that's what matters. Also, my guess would be this is an ideal board size for park obstacles, which I want to get into. If this is not an ideal board for blues/harder blues, which is a good recommendation?

I'm trying to get a better grasp on how people justify a, to-the-T board fit. Thank you for reading!
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take a picture of your boots in your bindings on your board. You'll be fine on most terrain as long as it's not icy. I have a clash and have no problem riding at ~40mph but plan on upgrading to a lib tech hot knife when the end of the season sales start.

Edit: A 151 does seem a little small. I'll wait for others to comment.

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Old 01-18-2014, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Take a picture of your boots in your bindings on your board. You'll be fine on most terrain as long as it's not icy. I have a clash and have no problem riding at ~40mph but plan on upgrading to a lib tech hot knife when the end of the season sales start.

Edit: A 151 does seem a little small. I'll wait for others to comment.
Thanks for the response.

I went to a mountain last week with my beginner friend, and they gave him a 145 cm board. He is about 5'9 and 155-160lbs (almost my exact stats other than boot size).
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sweet board purchase. I am also brand new to snowboarding. Im a touch bigger 6' 175 size 12 boots. I went with a K2 brigade 159w. I'm glad I went with the wide but wished I would have gone with a 155-157ish. Good luck to you.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Your toe strap should go over your toe box...

Also a directional board, riding switch is going to be a little weird. Nothing major unless you plan on lapping the park.

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Also a directional board, riding switch is going to be a little weird. Nothing major unless you plan on lapping the park.
Ah, see I wish i knew boards were shaped different before purchasing. Now I suppose a directional board would never be used as a park board? But it is all-mountain, so what qualifies under that? I also wonder how much a wide board would be for me being size 12?
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