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Old 01-26-2014, 02:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking at getting myself and my partner a powder board for Niseko.
Going in 4 weeks from now and can't wait!

Wondering what are good powder boards for beginners that are not to expensive.
Also do we get shorter boards than normal for powder?

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I ride a Burton Barracuda and Jones Hovercraft for pow, but they aren't the cheapest boards. I know a few people stand by the Charlie Slasher for a cheaper pow deck.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Should a powder board be shorter than a normal board?
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Should a powder board be shorter than a normal board?
I think it is the other way around. Correct me if I'm wrong but powder boards should be longer, a longer board means bigger surface which gives better float.
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No. Why would you go shorter? The Salomon Powder Snake is a low cost option, Yes PYL, Slash Straight, are a couple of pow decks you can find online for less of a premium and usually discounted.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Charlie slasher, Jones hovercraft, bataleon camel toe, Yes PYL. There are many. Look for wide surface area, setback, taper and board shape.

I personnally ride a camel toe. If i was in Japan I would've went with a fish (does not meet your cheap criteria)
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey all

Looking at getting myself and my partner a powder board for Niseko.
Going in 4 weeks from now and can't wait!

Wondering what are good powder boards for beginners that are not to expensive.
Also do we get shorter boards than normal for powder?

Thanks
I might have a spare powder board available in Niseko. But are you not the guy who has ridden once before and just got your first set of gear? Honestly, I think you would be better off learning on one board...
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Buy used to save $$$
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Always go bigger for pow, some people like 180 cm boards for pow.

that being said The Capita Charlie Slasher and the Salomon Powder Snake are two of the cheapest pow deck out there. I have a charlie slasher 158 and im 180 lbs, i really wish i had gone with the 161 or 164.

another option is to get a huge (165 or bigger) older camber board and make it into a swallowtail. just google DIY swallowtail.
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I ride a powder snake in 160. Super fun and great float for a cheap price. I think they're on sale on the-clymb. Taking mine to niseko next month as well
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