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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-25-2014, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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I'm currently riding a mid 90s Morrow 166 wide (280mm). Essentially, my neighbor had it holed away and sold it to me with pretty much a whole setup for cheap so I bought all of his stuff to see if I liked snowboarding last season. Turns out, it's pretty fun However, I find the board to be extremely difficult to turn; it's like turning a carrier or something. The size of it is extremely unwieldly, it's pretty heavy, and it has about 0 flex. Not to mention, it looks like a monstrosity in the lift line.

I'm 5'11", about 145 pounds, with an 11 boot. I did the sizing calculator and it pumped out a 156 with a waist width of 153. So I went to do some shopping and came up with pretty much nothing. Most of the boards I found at that length are 247-250 waist width and the wides are like 260+. I intend to use the board in Colorado. Depending on the season, it could be a lot of powder or not so much. I would like to also use it somewhat in the backcountry as I get more into winter mountaineering so weight is a factor. I'll do a small box sometimes but freestyle is not that important to me. I'm really looking for something I can have for the long term as I improve.

I've seen mixed reviews on a size 11 as it appears to be borderline wide. Can I go with a 250 and not be dragging my toes the whole time? Are there manufacturers that would do like a 255 / 156? Is 156 the target point?
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I'm currently riding a mid 90s Morrow 166 wide (280mm). Essentially, my neighbor had it holed away and sold it to me with pretty much a whole setup for cheap so I bought all of his stuff to see if I liked snowboarding last season. Turns out, it's pretty fun However, I find the board to be extremely difficult to turn; it's like turning a carrier or something. The size of it is extremely unwieldly, it's pretty heavy, and it has about 0 flex. Not to mention, it looks like a monstrosity in the lift line.

I'm 5'11", about 145 pounds, with an 11 boot. I did the sizing calculator and it pumped out a 156 with a waist width of 153. So I went to do some shopping and came up with pretty much nothing. Most of the boards I found at that length are 247-250 waist width and the wides are like 260+. I intend to use the board in Colorado. Depending on the season, it could be a lot of powder or not so much. I would like to also use it somewhat in the backcountry as I get more into winter mountaineering so weight is a factor. I'll do a small box sometimes but freestyle is not that important to me. I'm really looking for something I can have for the long term as I improve.

I've seen mixed reviews on a size 11 as it appears to be borderline wide. Can I go with a 250 and not be dragging my toes the whole time? Are there manufacturers that would do like a 255 / 156? Is 156 the target point?
There are mid-wide boards available like the Arbor Westmark Midwide and Rome Garage Rocker Midwide, just to name two out of many.

Edit: Not exactly suggesting those boards to you as I don't know much about them without any research - just letting you know these boards do exist. Arbor offers many of their boards in a mid wide so there should be something there for you.

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lib tech run a bit wide....like a trs is 253 or trice is 258


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i wear a size 11 (although i'm currently wearing a 10.5) and i've never had a toe or heel drag problem and i use regular boards. the board i ride now has a 250 waist. i don't think you should have a problem
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I'm looking at the 157 Burton Process Flying V 2014 with 252 width for $301 shipped and 13/14 Burton Mission EST bindings for $153 shipped. This seems the absolute best bang for my buck I could find. Any thoughts on this setup?
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Plenty of boards available around that length with a mid 250s waist. I've got a 156 with 255 waist, 157 with 251 and 161 with 254. All are fine with a 10.5 boot.

The Process could work, though a little on the soft side for powder and back country, could be worth going with the 159 to make up for the flex, coming from a 166 going a little longer won't be an issue.

For the style of riding your describing, a Ride Highlife UL could work well. A 158 has a 252 waist, you wouldn't want to go any shorter for back country riding, and UL stands for Ultra Light so ideal for climbing with.

Libtech TRS as mention is 253 in the 157 or 159, though Libtech run on the heavier side.

Burton Juice Wagon in 157 has a 254 waist, though may be a tad soft for back country, given your weight could be okay. Depends how much softer you're wanting to go from the Morrow.

Rossignol One Magtek in 156 is a 253, 159 255.

If you're okay with spending a bit more, Neversummer Raptor in 159 is a 253 waist, or slightly softer Heritage in 158 is a 254 waist.

Just a few examples of many options. As you get more into back country, a split board would be a wise investment, though sounds like you're a while off that yet.

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Yeah. Being that I still have some learning to do, I think this will be a good transition board and then I will ultimately just get a splitboard for back country at some point down the road or that ultra light board you posted. Seems easier that way.
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How new are you sir?

Most of these recommendations are going to ride you at 145lbs, especially if new. A 159 Raptor for example is gonna be barely easier than that other yacht.

Get a board for the reality of your riding right now. Are you going into the CO backcountry this year? If so forgive me for saying that your original post does not properly convey your experience.

It sounds like you need something a little more beginner and resort friendly, with a hybrid shape for pow. Basically all-mountain. I wouldn't suggest anything stiffer or bigger than a 156 NS Heritage, but there are many other options in a 156 all mountain. Even a Heritage is on the stiff end for a beginner.

We all imagine we are going to be doing Travis Rice shit next year, but being honest about your terrain and ability when buying gear will add up to the most fun.

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These suggestions are a little more park friendly, but also beginner friendly in terms of profile and flex, and they will get you anywhere you can go in bounds.

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Yeah. Being that I still have some learning to do, I think this will be a good transition board and then I will ultimately just get a splitboard for back country at some point down the road or that ultra light board you posted. Seems easier that way.
You said in your original post that you were looking for a board you could have for a while...but I do think a board that you can ride now while still giving you room to grow is ideal - and usually as a beginner you need to upgrade sooner than when you actually NEED a new board because of your progression. I think klinger's post is dead on.
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Most of these recommendations are going to ride you at 145lbs, especially if new.
If he's been riding a mid 90s 166, with a 280 waist (wtf!) AND he's decided he loves snowboarding on that, any of those suggestions would be a huge improvement in terms of control. They won't be the easiest boards if he's still grasping the basics, but better than doing half a season on an easier board and then wanting to upgrade again.

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