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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 10:16 PM
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Noob best to start on Freestyle board?

New to all this and reading lots. Read that it is good to start on a freestyle board as a beginner.. is this right even if I don't plan on riding park but mostly natural terrain and groomers?
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Generally yes. A freestyle board tends to be more flexible, little deeper sidecut, and shorter. All of those things translate to a board that is easier to maneuver and more forgiving.

The last thing someone just starting out needs is a stiff plank that goes 100 mph. You'll be struggling to turn and get thrown on your ass more than you need to be.

Ultimately though it comes down to what you want but usually if you want to start off right listen to people's recommendations that know what they are talking about.

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alot of diffrant people say alot of diffrat stuff about that.
i started on an allmoutain freestyle board, i think thats the best bet for anyone..
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Would I be better to go with a Rome Slash (more flex w/ park edge) over the same size Rome Flag (stiffer w/ mtn edge) to get started? The Slash seems to get good reviews for all mountain riding. I'm thinking 160 Slash.. thoughts?
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slash is a wide agent, i think an agetn is a good fist board.
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I'm thinking 160 Slash.. thoughts?
How much do you weigh and how big are your feet. The Slash is just a wide Agent.
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How much do you weigh and how big are your feet. The Slash is just a wide Agent.
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Would I be better to go with a Rome Slash (more flex w/ park edge) over the same size Rome Flag (stiffer w/ mtn edge) to get started? The Slash seems to get good reviews for all mountain riding. I'm thinking 160 Slash.. thoughts?
I ride a 163 ( i'm 6'2" size 13 boot) Flag and that thing has decent flex but is PERFECT for groomers and freeriding and is ok in the park. It will haul ASSSSSS with a good good wax job as well as handling in the steeps like perfectly.
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I ride a 163 ( i'm 6'2" size 13 boot) Flag and that thing has decent flex but is PERFECT for groomers and freeriding and is ok in the park. It will haul ASSSSSS with a good good wax job as well as handling in the steeps like perfectly.
I have the 168 Flag and agree it HAULS!!! But what skill level are you? Was that your starter board? It just feels like too much for me.. I feel like I'm really fighting it. Wonder if the smaller 160 or 163 would make a big difference?

At the same time I wonder if would be smart to have the Slash to start on and have for fun and the big 168 Flag as a bomber as I progress?

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I think it all depends on how much you will ride (i.e. how quickly you'll learn) and if you are willing to buy a new board soon if you realize you bought an easy board to learn on vs. the board you really want to ride.

The slash will probably be fine for you, but if you really just want an all mountain board, the Flag may be more your style. Either one is a good board. As for the size, at 6'4'' 215 you may want something bigger than 160. Again, the smaller the board, the easier to learn, but once you are good, you should really have a bigger board....so I say buy what fits and learn on it.

I learned on a 165 when I was 6'4'' 195...and had no problem. Unless you want a soft board to throw around the park, something in the 165 range is probably a better fit. Remember, if you get a smaller board, the flex will be softer because you weigh more than the board is intended for.
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