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Old 08-12-2010, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hire boards are too heavy! Help with a buying woman's board...?


So I've been snowboarding before but I'm still a beginner. I can go down the slope without falling over but have no interest in terrain parks etc etc. I'm looking for a board to learn on, that I can control well and get better at. I am ambidextrous and sometimes go down on both sides but predominantly lead with left foot first.

I hired a snowboard in the past but found it so heavy I couldn't lift my feet at all with the board attached. This made it REALLY hard to flip over from my butt to my knees when getting up. I'm thinking they may have hired me a man's board... It was so exhausting it cut my time on the slopes a lot... and I was a bit disappointed.

5"11 with boots
Boot size - 9-10 (depending on the brand)
Weight: 144 pounds

Home town: Victoria, Australia (so not much powder but I'm planning a trip to slopes o/s soon...)

II'm looking to buy online cos the shops here don't really cater to the "larger" women like me (snowboarding women all seems to be 5'2" - 5'7") and don't have much variety (plus are about 100-200% more expensive). I have someone to help me set the whole system up.

I'm also looking for good bindings and boots too...

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Old 08-13-2010, 11:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First of all, your height doesn't really matter when picking out your board. You may hear differently, but it just isn't true. Choose a board according to your weight. At 144 pounds, you want a board between 147 and 153.

What's your budget on a board? Getting something with magnetraction or something similar would be useful for icy conditions and hardpack. As a beginner who rides switch ("ambidextrous"), you may want to find a softer true twin. Some boards to look into:
Never Summer Pandora-r
Gnu B-street
Gnu B-Nice

Boots you need to try on. Avoid ordering them online if at all possible.

Bindings: Ride Vxn, Ride Dva, Rome Madison, K2 Virtue, Burton Lexa, Union Trilogy, Union Milan
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