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Old 08-31-2010, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help picking out the right length and everything for a board I'm going to use to start learning how to do rails, boxes and some jumps. I still want it to be stable and fun on the downhills though (nothing huge just the local midwest ski hill). Something that would also handle some serious hardpack and icy situations fairly well. I'm ~175-180 lbs.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I would go for a 156 in a mid-flexing park board. It does not sound like you want a pure noodle jib stick.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's kind of true, but the more I think about it, it doesn't really matter if it does very well outside the park, the rest of the hill I'm at a lot is only about a 2 minute downhill ride. For anything bigger I do have a 160" board. Would a 152" be too small even for just a park board? I'm starting a fitness plan to get back in shape for winter so hopefull I can drop 5-10 lbs before the season starts.
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152 is kinda small for 180lbs, I ride a 151 park board at 145lbs and I probably coulda went with a 153. 156 is probably a better size for you. I ride a NeverSummer Evo, which is a park board but can handle just about anything fairly well. Not a noodle stick though, has nice flex but is still pretty stable.
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You may be able to find a couple boards that would work for you in the 154 to 155 range.
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152 is kinda small for 180lbs, I ride a 151 park board at 145lbs and I probably coulda went with a 153. 156 is probably a better size for you. I ride a NeverSummer Evo, which is a park board but can handle just about anything fairly well. Not a noodle stick though, has nice flex but is still pretty stable.
Not true. I'm 170lbs and ride a 152 Darkstar everywhere. Just depends on the board.

To the OP, you'll probably want to look at boards such as the K2 Parkstar, NS Evo, Nitro Team Gullwing, Ride DH2. These are boards, imo, you can take from park to peak without too many issues.
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Not true. I'm 170lbs and ride a 152 Darkstar everywhere. Just depends on the board.

To the OP, you'll probably want to look at boards such as the K2 Parkstar, NS Evo, Nitro Team Gullwing, Ride DH2. These are boards, imo, you can take from park to peak without too many issues.
Maybe others would disagree but the Darkstar is by no means a park board. That is an all mountain board that is reasonably stiff. If you downsize like that on a park board it is going to be a pure jib stick.
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are you 6' and 180lbs or 5' 5 and 180lbs that makes a difference too. that being said i am about 5'8 175lbs and i rode 157 park board for years then bought a 152 gnu street series loved the thing. then i moved from ontario to bc and needed a board with better backcountry riding in mind so i bought a dc pbj 154...154 was probably the perfect length for my size, 152 was awesome just totally unstable and riding anything more then 6" of pow was a chore...but a fun chore...now i just bought a gnu street 154 btx for this year cant wait to see what it feels like in the park and pow. hope that helped, personally i like flexy boards anything more then a 5 out of 10 i cant ride, gotta keep it noodling
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Assuming you don't need a wide.
K2 Fastplant 154, Parkstar 155, Salomon Grip 154, Drift rocker (or no rock) 154, Nitro Rook 154, Markus Keller Grossout, Team Gullwing 155, CAPiTA Indoor FK 154, Ride DH2 155, DH 155, or a Rome Agent rocker 155.

You've got everything from Camber to zero to micro 3 stage to 3 stage rocker to recamber to center reverse.
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Thanks guys, this helped a lot. Also I'm 5'10" just for reference, the main reason I'm asking is because i found this Burton Primo Snowboard - 08/09 from Departmentofgoods.com and the longest it comes is in 152". I'm definitely going to look into some of those other boards though. I know they won't be as cheep but if they are worth the money and actually what I need to get a good park experience that's what I'll go with.

Also what do you guys think about this board? It's a Burton Hate 155" http://www.departmentofgoods.com/sal...ard-09-10.html

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