I'm a beginner snowboarding enthusiast and I'm looking to purchase a board to get used to and refine my snowboarding skills. I've been riding rentals till now but by doing so its a bit harder to learn because everytime you get a different board...different lenght etc.
I'm 6.2", 210 pounds and for boots I use 10-10.5.
I've researched a bit on the net and via friends who practice this sport for quite some time but I am still unsure what board size I need or whats best for my body ratio.
I'm looking for standard snowboarding on marked slopes, no tricks or rocks/trees, at least not now.
So, what board size do you guys think I need?
During my rental "trials" i've ridden 155-164 but due to the lack of experience I didn't notice any difference.
For your weight/ability I would target something right around the 160-162 mark. Keep in mind that many boards are built differently, and the main factor affecting length is weight.
So when you're shopping for a board, look at the suggested weight range for a particular board, and try to get the size that you're closest to the middle of.
The style you'd be looking for should be "all-mountain" which basically means it's a middle of the road board, instead of a park or off-piste oriented board.
Thanks for the reply.
Only one problem with researching the recommended weight for a board.
I'm looking to buy a refurbished board (or a second hand one) and most of the time these boards are kinda old in terms of models so finding the exact board is close to impossible.
I'm looking to buy a second hand one because most likely once I'm very good at this sport I will look into investing into some brand new equipment. Right now I'm looking for something cheap that will last me a few seasons. I found some candidates but I'm unsure about the size...hence this topic.
My guideline is this:
- Brand new board in season, I'd like to pay 40-50% off at the end of the year.
- Brand new last season, no way I'm paying more than 50% of MSRP
- Used last season or possibly two seasons old I'm paying 25-30% of MSRP. More than that is a rip off...
- Used more than two seasons old? I'll take it off your hands for almost nothing, only if it's a board that I'm really interested in
I got a 2012 Burton Custom last year for $145. It was used with some wear showing, but otherwise in perfect shape. I bought a brand new (old stock) Prior recently for $170 (MSRP $700), and earlier this year got a 2011 Nitro Slash in nearly perfect condition for $100.
Don't spend too much on shit! :D
And yeah, aim for 160-162 or so. Couple CM isn't going to kill you in either direction.
Yeah I know, I'm not looking to pay a fortune, thats why I'm going for something used.
In general, I don't care if the board is 2-3 years old as long as it looks good. Taking that into consideration, I'm willing to pay a decent price for it.
During my rental rides, I used boards that were a few years old and they still performed good, at least in my newbie opinion.
Right now I'm looking to get off cheap but with a decent brand.
Thanks for the info.
Quick questions :
Would 164 would too big?
Would 159 be too small?
Go for a board that is considered more on the stiff side and it'll feel like a med flex to you.
I'm in the same weight class as you.
Try getting the gnu danny kass monster 155 on ebay for under $200.
that'll be good for everyday cruising around the resort.
Later on you could get a big mt, powder board like a 160.
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