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Old 04-08-2015, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Currently ride a Salomon Villain 155cm and I'm looking to get something smaller and stiffer... possibly a Rome Mod Rocker 149cm. The 153cm might not be a big difference.

Things I want to do in no particular order:
hard charging
speed
carving
hit bigger jumps
taking it all over the mountain
buttering/tricks
glades/moguls

Are there any negatives on having a smaller but stiff snowboard?
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Why do you want it smaller than your Villain?

A shorter board will suffer in all of these categorys;
hard charging
speed
carving
hit bigger jumps
taking it all over the mountain

And you can use your Villain for the more playful riding. Do you like the profile of your villain? The rocker/camber/rocker? What's your weight and boot size? Do you ride much powder?
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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149 would work if you are in 120lbs zone
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Why do you want it smaller than your Villain?

A shorter board will suffer in all of these categorys;
hard charging
speed
carving
hit bigger jumps
taking it all over the mountain

And you can use your Villain for the more playful riding. Do you like the profile of your villain? The rocker/camber/rocker? What's your weight and boot size? Do you ride much powder?
I live in the northeastern area where it's mostly groomed/hard packed snow.

160lbs and size 8.5 boots. I do like the profile of the villain but I wished I went with a smaller size. I was supposed to get either 151 or 153.
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Why do you wish you went smaller? I'd say 160lb and 155 in that board is a perfect fit.

If you like the villain but just want something a little stiffer the Salomon Assassin is the natural step up. Same profile and slightly stiffer but still plenty playful. You could get away with a 153 but I'd still say 155 is much more suitable. Slightly stiffer still the K2 Happy Hour would be an option, they do a 154.
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Going small won't make the board stiffer, but more noodle because you will be at the top or above its weight profile. I'm about the same size as you and ride 156-158 for all mountain East coast
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just a gut feeling... for some reason I feel like a smaller board will help me make quicker turns for moguls/glades. I would like a stiffer board because I feel it would be much stable hard charging and hold my carves better at high speed.

Torstein Horgmo rides a 150 and he seems to be comfortable with it.

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just a gut feeling... for some reason I feel like a smaller board will help me make quicker turns for moguls/glades. I would like a stiffer board because I feel it would be much stable hard charging and hold my carves better at high speed.

Torstein Horgmo rides a 150 and he seems to be comfortable with it.
why not give his signature board a try, then? DC Media Blitz in 146 (or 150)?

For glades and nibleness, I'm sure someone will mention the Salomon Derby eventually - not sure how it'd suit you for hard charging (though at 120lbs, it could be sufficient)?
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just a gut feeling... for some reason I feel like a smaller board will help me make quicker turns for moguls/glades. I would like a stiffer board because I feel it would be much stable hard charging and hold my carves better at high speed.

Torstein Horgmo rides a 150 and he seems to be comfortable with it.
Torstein could also ride a door. Search youtube for Every Third Thursday Pinewood Derby. What pros ride is almost never validation for what you should ride. Jake OE used to ride Signals stiffest board with no hibacks and untied boots in the streets. Worked great for him. Any of us mortals would break an ankle in minutes.

You can size down from 155 a bit. Assassin 153, Flow Whiteout 153, Burton Camber Custom 151 twin or standard, Yes Greats 152, or a Rome Agent 153.
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you'll probably need to go with a big mountain plank in a small size
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