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Old 11-25-2009, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I am in the process of buying a snowboard for a nephew. I have never snowboarded before so I am not exactly sure on what to look for when buying him a board.

The questions I have are listed below. The child weights 58 lbs and is about 4ft tall. He will be using it in the Midwest, mainly harder packed snow,possibly man-made snow at times. He may occasionally go into some bowls,but mainly trying to get him down the hill in one piece.

1) What type snowboard should I get him(all mtn,ect.) or does it really matter at a young age(7 years old)?

2) Do you size a board based on weight or length. I seem to be finding both ways mentioned on line(length-chin to nose). How would you size it based on weight if it is a used board for sale with no manufactures chart on it?

3) Finally a general questions regarding flex of a board. What is the difference between a soft flex and stiff flex board in regards to how it performs. I would think a softer flex would be easier to turn? Is a softer board more responsive or no? Takes less energy to get it to edge so responds quicker or no?

Any insight is appreciated.

Tower.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well for younger kids your options are, to say the least, limited. Kids lines have expanded over the years but are still not very large. Usually when considering board size you would take into consideration weight and height, but for small kids it is more reliant on height. I would say measure from the ground to the area between his chin and nose and any size board in that area you will be good. You would normally use your weight to determine the stiffness of board you would want also, however many kids boards have similar flex patterns, so it is not much of an issue. Your idea of flex is correct. A a softer board is easier to turn, which is why the majority of kids boards are very soft. As far as boards go I would recommend any kids board by burton (Boy's Snowboards | Burton Snowboards), Rome Label or Rome minishred, Ride Ruckus or Ride Lowrider. These are pretty much the only kids boards I know of, so if anyone else has any others feel free to add.
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks much for the info.

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Old 11-25-2009, 10:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Capita Stairmaster Mini Youth - Snowboards Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com
is the cheepest board i could find and its really good. plus you don't want to invest too much in a board that your kid is just going to outgrow in a few years

heres some other options
| Reviews and Sale at SierraSnowboard.com

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