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Old 02-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Petite female - recommendations for intermediate/advanced board

I'm looking to buy my first snowboard, and was wondering if I could get any board recommendations. I'm petite but athletic, with really strong legs from weight lifting.

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Height: 4'11"
Weight: 106 lbs
Boots: 5

I'm an intermediate rider, and am good with turning, but am not quite comfortable going that fast yet. Trying to improve on my control as I increase in speed. I want a board I can grow into, where I can eventually really pick up speed and improve my skills on. Looking for a go anywhere, do anything board that I can feel stable and comfortable going faster with as I progress.

Currently living on the east coast, so boarding in ice, but moving to the west coast soon, and planning on boarding in Tahoe/Colorado. Will spend most of my time on groomed trails, and no plans of going in the park.

Currently looking at boards in the 136-140 range, but open to larger if you think I could handle it.

Looking at:
1. Burton Lyric 139
2. Burton Feelgood Flying V 140
3. Burton Feelgood Smalls 140 (Girls snowboard - good idea/bad idea?)
4. Never Summer Onyx 140 - I know this is a freestyle board, but can I get away with for what I want to do?
5. Never Summer Infinity 142 - would this be too big?
6. Burton Clash 139
7. Burton Protest 136 or 142 - (Boys board - good idea/bad idea?)

Any advice or suggestions appreciated - thanks in advance!!
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My friend who is your size type uses a never summer raven in powder and loves it but in hard packed its GNU all the way for her she owns tis years ladies choice and last years pendelton b-pro
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go for the Never summer infinity if you want a lively board and do jumps and spins.

go for the raven for freeride, damp , stable.
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go for the Never summer infinity if you want a lively board and do jumps and spins.

go for the raven for freeride, damp , stable.
The NS infinity is definitely an option for me. the smallest size for the raven is 146, which i'm worried might be too big for me
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Hmm. You might want to try doing a search for some of lilfoot1598's old posts. Haven't seen her around here in a while, but I think she has stats near to yours and has ridden/demoed a bunch of different boards.
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Hmm. You might want to try doing a search for some of lilfoot1598's old posts. Haven't seen her around here in a while, but I think she has stats near to yours and has ridden/demoed a bunch of different boards.
Yep! Done that, and have messaged her
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Its what my friend uses for powder, and she finds the extra length helpful. It's only a few centimeters after all.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My daughter is very close to your size just a tad taller.

She loves her Capita- spacemetal fantasy. Even though I don't ride it I maintain it an it has held up well to her newbie riding and her learning to ride the terrain park this year.

She wants a 2014 cuz she loves the board and this year it has Unicorns on it !!!

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Old 02-19-2014, 08:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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How long will you be on the east coast for?

if it's another season consider a cambered board for better edge hold in ice.

I'd recommend against the kids boards with the exception of the Protest. They are quite flexy.

My daughter, who weighs about 100 lbs has the feelgood flying V smalls. She's a strong intermediate rider; I bought her a Protest, she found it too stiff.

If you're an athletic rider you might have a good fit with the Protest. It's good board for going fast on groomers, carving and so on. Or you might want to get the adult women's feelgood in camber, also good for carving on groomers.

these boards will be quite different than some of the others you list, e.g the Infinity has a similar shape to the flying V boards. So I think you need to decided if you want a cambered board or hybrid or full rocker, then find something that will fit your size
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Take a day & Demo, Demo, Demo. Lots of good suggestions here, but only when you demo, can you find out for sure what is right for you.
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