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Old 08-12-2014, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a noob snowboarder. I'm 5'7" - 5'8" and 144-147 lbs. I have a 138cm board.

My question. Is this board too short?
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I'm a noob snowboarder. I'm 5'7" - 5'8" and 144-147 lbs. I have a 138cm board.

My question. Is this board too short?
I'm a noob also. 5'9, 155 and have a 153 and am in the 80% range for the weight, so I think you are a bit short. The board, not you, Napolean.
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I'm a noob snowboarder. I'm 5'7" - 5'8" and 144-147 lbs. I have a 138cm board.

My question. Is this board too short?
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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yes. That's a board for a young child.
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The board goes up to the middle or top of my chest instead of my chin like it should, but I would prefer control over speed so I figured I wouldn't mind a shorter board. What are the major draw backs to a short board and what's the shortest I could reasonably go at my size? Thanks guys.
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The board goes up to the middle or top of my chest instead of my chin like it should, but I would prefer control over speed so I figured I wouldn't mind a shorter board.
board to chin is a half assed way for salesmen to quickly match you with a board. it's your weight that matters, not your height. just pull up the specs for your board and you'll see where you stand.
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The board goes up to the middle or top of my chest instead of my chin like it should, but I would prefer control over speed so I figured I wouldn't mind a shorter board. What are the major draw backs to a short board and what's the shortest I could reasonably go at my size? Thanks guys.
138 is children or the smallest size women board?
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The board goes up to the middle or top of my chest instead of my chin like it should, but I would prefer control over speed so I figured I wouldn't mind a shorter board. What are the major draw backs to a short board and what's the shortest I could reasonably go at my size? Thanks guys.
You prefer control over speed? That makes sense when comparing a properly sized board to a board 5-10 cm to big for you, but a 138 cm board is WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too short. Try something in the low 150's if you can demo one, and you'll see the difference.

How much of a noob are you?
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but I would prefer control over speed so I figured I wouldn't mind a shorter board. What are the major draw backs to a short board and what's the shortest I could reasonably go at my size? Thanks guys.
Hmmm... a shorter board will turn easier... thus you're right in that line of thinking (more control), but a too short board will lessen your contol as well. The edge is too short, won't hold your weight e.g. if you want to do a carve. It will just slip: no control of your turn. A 138 is definitely too short. You'll outgrow the board within days and then the initially intended advantage will only hinder your progression.
Look for a length where you're in the upper part of the weight range.

Check this calculator, IMO a pretty good calculator taking your stats, ability level and riding purpose into account http://www.snowlifts.com/php-bin/snowboardcalc.php
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