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stevros48 06-11-2014 08:45 AM

need help with sizing board for a 90kg newbie
hi guys.
I Need some advice for my girlfriends first non rental snowboard.She has been boarding maybe 8 times here in NZ. shes just used burton cruisers of lengths 145 and 147. She is 165 cm tall and just under 200lbs which is 90kg but doesnt like the idea of having to ride a board any bigger than 150cm...shes been advised to go for a flat board so they showed us the burton social and a k2 bright lite and a deja vu board...because of her weight if she wants to keep to a 146 or 149 will she have to get a stiffer flex less forgiving board ? she wont be doin jumps or tricks...she just wants to learn to carve and turn and ride proficiently and confidently and maybe some spins but no jumps....any advice please guys

stevros48 06-11-2014 08:56 AM

also regarding bindings as we hope for her to progress this season instead of getting budget bindings like burton citizen or stilletto or scribe ive been loojing at geting her some burton lexas escapades or union milans or forces as the bindings here in New Zealand are very expensive we will probably get them on clearance from usa ...shes a size 8 in salomon boots and is a tentative rider but she has quite solid big legs and calves and i believe she may want a large binding for more calf support but flexable enough to learn on...any advice would be appreciated as we are not quite sure whether the lexas or escapades will be too much binding or whether maybe cheaper is actually better for a slow speed beginner intermediate

Oldman 06-11-2014 09:00 AM

Thoughts based on info you have provided:

She should be looking a guys' boards as even the biggest girls' boards will be too soft for her.

As she is a beginner, a shorter board will be easier for her to handle, but you should encourage her to get onto something at least in the 150 to 155 range. Most riders of her weight doing the kind of riding she is leaning towards are on 158 +.

For a beginner, something with a mild rocker or flat profile would provide her with a nice forgiving, catch free ride.

kosmoz 06-11-2014 12:58 PM

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I would suggest you to put her on a diet or get a new girl :D

stevros48 06-11-2014 02:15 PM

ok kozmarse....

firstly she had lost 30kg last year and was doing great then at start of this year she lost her father to suicide so her diet and exercise suffered so posting comments like yours isnt helpful.....snowboarding can help with weight loss and helps with confidence

larrytbull 06-11-2014 02:27 PM

I would look at an arbor formula (2012-2014) 158-161

great beginner board stiff enough I am 214-230 and it works for me fine

neni 06-11-2014 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by kosmoz (Post 1730682)
I would suggest you to put her on a diet or get a new girl :D

We've a winner of the "most helpful (read as dumbest) post of the month" award.

Anyway. IMO, weight surely an important one but nonetheless only one variable of the equitation, thus weight ranges are also just a rule of thumb giving an idea for average ppl.

As she's a beginner and not that tall, a board in the 158+ range would be quite some work to throw around. Being bit overweight usually correlates with a not overly high level of fitness and thus a long stiff board would be too much work and could be frustrating. Add to that that she may not find a comfortable stance; the inserts could be too wide apart.

I'd look for a mid stiff 150ish board.

Manicmouse 06-11-2014 03:16 PM

My wife would be shocked if I posted her measurements and weight all over the interwebs xD I'd be on the couch!!

Good place to ask if you have a flak jacket though.

ETM 06-11-2014 08:57 PM


Originally Posted by kosmoz (Post 1730682)
I would suggest you to put her on a diet or get a new girl :D


ETM 06-11-2014 08:59 PM

I would put her on a 155ish full rocker board. It will be nice and forgiving for her to learn on.

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