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Old 08-27-2009, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My specs:
-Male
-30
-5'3" (160cm)
-140lbs
-Size 6 shoe(mens)
-Beginner/Intermediate
-All mountain preferred
-Southern California

As you can tell, I have some unusual measurements. So far, I've gotten a few opinions on what size board I should get, and they all seem to conflict. The problem seems to be that if I get a board that is proper for my weight, then it's way too long, and often too wide. However, if I get a board that matches my height, I'm too heavy for it... Basically, it seems like I have to choose between two evils. I guess I just wanted to get more opinions if possible.

Also, the last time I went riding was about 10 years ago. At the time, I'd consider myself between intermediate and advanced, since I could go all day on any run without ever falling. Not sure what I'd be like now though. Anyways, I'm not looking to get too crazy on the mountain, but I don't want to be too limited as to what I can do either. Price range that I'm looking at is no more than $500 for board/boots/binding. Thanks in advance for any help.

Oh yeah, main board I was looking at was actually this kids board. Would this be ok?

Save on Burton Custom Smalls Snowboard Wide 145 - Youth Snowboards Snowboarding Gear Equipment

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Old 08-27-2009, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Weight is more important. That board is too small for you. You need a 152-156, depending on how you use it.

Stay away from Burton, and get last years products and you will can have a pretty decent set up. Try on the boots. Get what fits the best.

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Old 08-27-2009, 09:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, if I get something like a 154, it'll come up to my forehead. Is that ok? Also, I've heard that longer boards are harder to control, which concerns me since I haven't gone in so long. Lastly, my weight tends to fluctuate between 130lbs and 140lbs.

Edit: Just curious, why should I stay away from Burton? From what I remember, they were a good name.

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Old 08-27-2009, 09:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Height really has nothing to do with your board size. Generally, the taller you are, the wider your stance will be, thus you need a longer board. Just get what your weight tells you to get.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, I'll keep that in mind. Although, even the size calculators showed that I should be riding something around a 149 for my weight. I made a last minute edit on my earlier post regarding Burton boards too. Just wondering what was so bad about them. Thanks again for you help
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Length calculators are funky. Two different calculators will give you two drastically different answers. Weight definitely matters far more than height - although the height myth is very prevalent. I'm short as well and my snowboard looks pretty long, but it's actually just right for my weight. I weigh 105 and ride a 145, which is actually on the longer end of what I can ride for all-mountain.

You are definitely not small enough to even consider a child's board. You wouldn't want to ride one anyway - they're generally poorly constructed.

Listen to the people who give you advice here. They know snowboarding and you can trust their opinions. For the most part.
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Psh the true method is cock size x how much you bench press x how big your online ego is! Jeez!
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Psh the true method is cock size x how much you bench press x how big your online ego is! Jeez!
I only ride a 155.
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I only ride a 155.
So... you're a weakling with a tiny dick???



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Psh the true method is cock size x how much you bench press x how big your online ego is! Jeez!
Wow if thats right I should be rocking a 743873!
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