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Old 10-04-2009, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I want to buy my girl a board and bindings for christmas and need some advise, she currently rents and usually rides a 163cm board and just likes to carve the mountain no park etc.

What boards should I be looking at? Any I should stay away from?
What bindings? Her feet are a bit big ie size 43 euro.

I was thinking either a ride control or antic?

Thanks any help is welcomed.

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She rides a 163? How much does she weigh? Is she a strong rider or is she still learning to link turns and all that?
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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about 170 lbs and 5'11"

She is a beginner snowboarder and intermediate-advanced skier (if that helps).
She has no trouble linking turns just does does it all at her pace which is slow
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163 seems big for 170...she should be on like a 156-159...she will find it easier to carve the board when shes not using a giant plank ...MAYBE if your doing deep ass pow all day 163 would be ok..but im doubting it...
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ya she could easily step down into a 155-159. I would recommend that in fact... If she's an advanced skier I'm sure she knows how to distribute her weight to make her float with a shorter stick.

But ya, you might take a look at the Bataleon - Violenza.

The Never Summer - Black Lotus is a popular board for girls as well.

I've been hearing good things about the Arbor - Cadence. A friend of mine just got one so I don't have a friends review just yet.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I learned on the Ride Rapture. For me, it was a nice and forgiving board to learn on. If she learns quickly, however, she may grow out of it soon.

Some boards that are good for beginners, but that she can still grow into:
K2 Luna
Bataleon Violenza
Never Summer Pandora (the Lotus that was mentioned is pretty stiff)
Rome Vinyl
Burton Lux
Atomic Fallen Angel
Gnu B-Nice

Availability of correct sizes may help you narrow down the boards here. For example, Gnu B-Nice come in a 154 at the largest.
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Make sure you really know her weight before you buy anything. Most women lie about their weight, so even if she tells you she is 170, she might weigh more.
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we've had good luck with the fallen angel and the vinyl, two very similar boards and are great for all around riding.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I bought my girlfriend the Rome Vinyl last season and she absolutely loves it.

It is an awesome all mountain board that a beginner can grow into and has helped her progress very quickly. Also, its not something that you'll outgrow too quickly either.

would definitely recommend checking it out--plus its only $185 bucks for last year's model right now at sierra.. can't beat that.


the only problem is that the vinyl's largest size is 152. might make you think of some other options..
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Thanks guys for all the suggestions

This is looking a bit harder than I thought, I know she really likes the 163cm as (that is what the rental store keeps giving her) but I also understand that this may not be the best size for her also.
I will have to be careful as I don't want to offend her or say that the store has be renting her the wrong size board.
She will mostly ride winter park and copper and maybe 4 or 5 times a season so not a great deal really.
What bindings should I look at or is this another minefield of choices

Thanks again for all this good info.
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