I am liking the specs on the Feather by Burton. Am 5'2" 120-125 and have a size 6 foot. I think the 144 would work BUT do I need a board 24 cm in width? I saw a sizing chart somewhere and am confused
I am not sold on this board but want a nice easy beginner board for two seasons.
There are some great deals on new 2013 Feathers. I don't want to invest too much until I really start to fly with this sport. Thanks for your patience.
Thanks Chomps, those links are great..gotta chew through them but also find some time to work
1st issue - You might try a search on the forum for Wiredsport and
board width. I know they have several posts here detailing a method for measuring your feet and calculating the optimum board width/waist range. Im at work so I cant look it up, but they very willing to provide help and are very quick to respond to any direct email request for info as well.
2nd item - ...the idea of an "easy" beginners board is really a bit of a myth! Your desire not to spend a fourtune in the begining is a good idea, and even tho you have clearly stated your "plan" for your riding progression. I think you will be suprised at how quickly that modest, reasonable goal might change.
For example, planning to "ride the greens for a while." If you are anything like most of us, as soon as you are even moderately adept at linking turns with any level of confidance? You will likely start putting that skill to the test on harder, steeper, more challenging runs.
I mean, that's why were all here and taking the risks in doing this in the first place, right?
It's how we all want to progress to one extent or another.
The myth of an "easy" board is usually perpetuated by proponents of Rocker boards. The logic being they are less prone to edge catches. While this is true to a degree, ALL
boards can catch n dump you hard. Rocker, Hybrid or Camber.
I am telling you this only because you mentioned you weren't necessarily sold on the Burton board, and learning to ride and progress into
a slightly more advanced board can actually have it's advantages too!
I bought and learned to ride a very stiff, full camber, directional twin, setback stance board that was actually too wide. (Size 10.5 boots. Didn't need a wide board!)
I should have sucked "A" at ever getting good on it. In fact, my two worst, most painful injuries occurred on the "easy" beginner rentals my 1st two times out. I did learn to ride that board tho, relatively easily and when I eventually switched to a reg. width twin, hybrid camber deck? Man O man!! Was it sweet. It seemed easy and almost effortless in many ways.
The "Tl;DR" short version of my point is,... Consider cost? Yes! But Also take into account the advantages and cost savings of starting with something you can progress into and won't outgrow in a season!