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Old 04-29-2014, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

New to snowboarding, have been out twice and have become addicted. Wanting to purchase equipment instead of renting as I will be going to the slops a lot next season and want to get better.

Have picked up the basics pretty quickly and can link turns so I don't want a board that I will outgrow too quickly.

I have been told that the K2 Playback is a great board for beginner to intermediate boarders and suits most conditions and how I will ride.

I am 6'3 and approx 225 pounds with size 11 US boot.

Would a 159Wide board be appropriate?

I can get this board really cheap and well within the $250 budget that I have.

Any advice on size would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you don't necessarily need the wide board with size 11 boots.
something with a 25.5-26 (midwide) waist should take care of you.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you don't necessarily need the wide board with size 11 boots.
something with a 25.5-26 (midwide) waist should take care of you.
Thanks Alchemy.

The options I have to get the K2 Playback are 159W or 157-158.

The K2 website says specs are as follows:

http://assets.k2sports.com/k2snow/ft...s/playback.jpg

I'm kinda set on this board because I can pick one up for $180 which is a great price, unless there's other boards anyone recommends around/under $250?
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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K2 wide boards are wide as fuck and it's probably better not to go for one of those. You're perhaps a little on the heavy side for a 158 but on the other hand you're better off with a shorter/softer board since you're a beginner.

And as always, picking the right boot is much, MUCH more important than picking the right board...
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Other boards of interest:

ROME TOUR 159 $262.46

K2 RAYGUN 161 $251.95

Evo also have Rossignol Templars and Taipans but I'm a little sceptical about their waist widths. Normal is a little too narrow, wide a little too wide...

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Or how about this one? GNU CARBON CREDIT 159 $198.83 - it looks like it fits your stats quite well. It's the model from 12/13 but big deal...

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Or how about this one? GNU CARBON CREDIT 159 $198.83 - it looks like it fits your stats quite well. It's the model from 12/13 but big deal...
After my first time falling down the hill and knowing I was hooked I bought that board, only in a 154 and love it. Not that I have any experience on other boards to compare it to but I'll say it's been great for me to learn on.
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First off, welcome.

Now, if you are "set" on the Playback, grab the 158. As you will be on the learning curve being new to the sport and based on your boot size, your progression will be easier on a regular width board.

Heed the advice of Anti and spend time making sure you get a boot that fits your foot properly. Don't just grab a pair that might be your size "on sale". If they don't fit properly, you'll be out the cost of your "on sale" pair and spending more money on another pair that fits.

Good luck next season...................oh that is so far away
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I wouldn't worry too much about being to heavy for the board. Especially for a beginner, riding a relatively shorter board is probably going to be easier to learn on.

Also, I am a shade lighter than OP also with size 11 boots, 156-158 really is my sweet spot lately (although I do have a 160 for pow).
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Hey thanks for your replies, much appreciated.

I am in Canada so those boards mentioned cost quite a bit to ship plus import duties from those sites.
I couldn't find the GNU board anywhere here in Canada online but can get the K2 Raygun for $260 from a local store.

I have purchased a pair of boots already, really confortable Ride boots.

Yeah next season feels so far away and I was just getting into it and now have to wait!!
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Not commenting on price or suitability, but it's right in your backyard (in a 159 & other sizes):

GNU Carbon Credit BTX Snowboard-Black-143 - The Boardroom
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