Board Length and Waist Width are Incompatible.
I'm trying to get a new board for my wife, unfortunately, her recommended board length and waist width seem to be incompatible. Here's her info:
Boot size: 6 (womens)
Riding style: beginner / groomers
budget: not really important
Your location of riding: Keystone / Arapahoe Basin, CO
At the suggestion of one of our friendly neighborhood snowboard shop employees, she is currently riding a girl's board - Burton Feelgood Smalls 134, which has a waist width of 23.2cm. She has complained for the past couple of years that the board was too short, and based on an online size calculator I came across, she's right; she should be riding a board closer to 141 cm, but with a waist width of 22.8! I have looked everywhere, and there doesn't appear to be a snowboard model in existence (even girl's boards) that will accommodate both measurements (or even come close). Her current board is pretty close to the ideal waist width, but a good 7 cm too short. I have read that you should always defer to waist width over length, but 134 cm vs 141 cm is an awfully big difference to accommodate. Also, she's a grownass woman riding a little girl's board.
I came across another thread in the forums explaining how to measure the "real" waist width based on the sidecut and center inserts. We're going to give that a shot, but I am not expecting much deviation. Assuming the original waist width estimate is correct, what should we do? She's almost given up, because for the past three seasons, she has had a terrible time on the mountain, no fun, no progression (actually regressing), and constantly catching edges, falling down, and fogging up her goggles with the tears running down her face.
Any suggestions?? Thanks for everyone's help...
Last edited by SnoRida; 10-11-2014 at 02:51 PM.