I've been lurking for a few days - there are some really helpful posts in here!
Basically, I've decided that I'm tired of renting boards and I want to get my own. I've done my research, and I'd like to get the Gnu B-Nice (with Union Cadet Lady bindings I believe, and shoes TBA - I need to go try a bunch on). The B-Nice is starting to go out of stock everywhere, though, so I'm getting nervous about snagging one in time.
My question is this:
What size board should I be getting? I think I need a 148 but it could be that I've been misunderstanding all the sizing talk. I'm 5'7" and 135 lbs. I'm not sure if this is size applicable, but I've been snowboarding multiple times now and have been progressing pretty quickly. I'll be using this board in resorts, but if I can take it elsewhere (when I'm ready) I'm up for that too. (I'm sure by that time I'll be in the market for a new board, though).
If it makes any difference, my goal is to eventually do freeride, not freestyle. So while I plan to do jumps and what not, I don't plan to focus on tricks. Arsenic mentioned 151 might be better for this I think? Plus, gj, I'm a little bit bigger than your wife (although I don't know if I'm big enough for a 3cm difference).
With that said, this will be my first board/my learning board so I guess the most versatile length would be ideal.
How much difference would 3cm make anyway?
And what's better: being a little bit longer or a little bit shorter? (Not easier, just better).
Thanks bryantp for the links! They were really really helpful. From this thread/those links, I think the 148 might be better for me now.
But the cheapest 148 I've found is $350 from zumiez (I haven't heard much about this site?) and the cheapest 151 I've found is $280 from rememberdelaware... so I'm thinking I'll go with the 151? I'm having a lot of trouble believing 3 centimeters is going to make that big of a difference.