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Old 11-09-2009, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Thoughts on my new board

So I just got back from Boarderstop down in Ruidoso NM, where I picked up the '09/'10 Arbor Formula 158. Now im 6'2" 180lbs, the store manager said im well within the weight limits, but I felt like it was kinda short for a directional all mountain board. I got a great deal on it tho, only 275$ after tax!! I have 2 weeks to return it if I decide to go another way. Thoughts? Did I make a mistake? Or is this gonna work out.

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Old 11-09-2009, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try it and see if you like it. (Congrats BTW)

I'm a shade over 6'1" tall, and 195 lbs... not as lean as I used to be, LOL. I ride a 163cm fairly stiff board.

I'd suspect that a 158cm board may be a tad small. I also believe that people are too concerned over centimeters, at least as far as snowboards are concerned. I'd guess it's probably better to err toward too short versus too long. I could probably ride my GF's 145... fat chance she could work my 163.

I'd say try it out. It's your personal taste that matters.

I haven't priced boards in a while, but I'd think that approaching the $300 range, there has to be some higher-end boards available, with sintered bases and such. Maybe a close-out from the 08/09 season? I typically prefer to find good deals on year-old new, closeout gear.

Ultimately, if you like it & it works for you, and you feel comfortable with it, then rock on.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hey bud, you can go up if you want or go down depending on what you like to do. im 6 foot 180 pounds and for the last few years i road a 158. just picked up my new board today and went down to a 157. longer=more stable at high speed shorter is gonna give you better control but your gonna be a little less stable. the one 158 sound pretty good for your size

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As an intermediate rider am I gonna be held back by the fact that it doesnt have a sintered base? Ive heard mixed thoughts, some say its a big deal, others say its not.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the extruded base is not a big deal at all, i have both sintered and extruded and i can't tell any difference in speed, but there is a texture difference and, my sintered sounds different when i stop compared to my extruded if that means anything lol.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A sintered base will be faster than an extruded base.

On size, you should be fine.

I am 6"0 and 175, I ride 158 for mountain riding. If you start to get squirly or chatter-y at speed, bend your knees and get low, you will be able to get more control at speed that way. You will also be able to ride as fast as you should at a resort that way.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So the guy at the shop told me he would do an 08 Atomic Alibi 159cm and throw in a pair of flow flight 2 bindings for the same price (300$)

Which do you guys think the better deal is?

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Old 11-09-2009, 06:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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IMHO he's trying to get rid of all of his old stock...

Atomic makes good stuff, personally i would never use flow bindings but thats just me I dont like them.

But so does Arbor, and the size is just about right for you at 180lbs..
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Ruidoso.....right on....

I got myself a little Ski Apache hoodie! A friend of mine has parents that live there, was there last year this time but no snow..... Anyway just had to say....nice place you live!
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