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Old 09-28-2010, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bought my first Board, but its a WIDE. Was it a mistake?

Hello guys,

First of all I'm sorry for any bad English, as it's is not my first language

So, I'm a beginner to Snowboarding. I did it only once at the end of last season with rented stuff and I loved it, so I decided to get my equipment and season pass this year.

I went online and bought my board. It's a 2008 Ride Fleetwood 158 (26.5 Waist Width)
The this is that my feet aren't that big. I still didn't buy my Snowboard Boots, but my shoes size is 10.5. So I think I made a mistake, and didn't really need to buy a wide board. What do you guys think about that? I'm thinking on returning it and getting another board.

I was thinking on getting a 2010 Nitro Prime Taped 158. Would that be a good board for a beginner? I found it for U$180, and that's more or less how much I can spend. So If you guys have other recommendations, please stick to that price range.

One last thing. All the boards I'm looking at are 158 in length. I used one of those online calculators to get that number.
I'm 5'11, 176 lb, and as I said before 10.5 feet.

Is 158 a good length for me? I was told by someone that 158 is a bit long for a beginner at my height. That I should look for something in the 153-156 range.

Sorry for these many questions, but I really want to get a good board for me so that I can improve this season.

Thank you!
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't need a wide board.

As for sizing, we are about the same. I am 5'10" 170 lbs and 10.5 boots and I ride a 155 for my all mountain.

Typically a softer, shorter board is easier to learn on
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you Glade.
I'll look for something around that size...
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The board you have is a good width for your foot size. The board has a waist of 26.5. It is likely right around 27.3 at the inserts you will ride. Your foot is 28.5 long. That gives you a total barefoot overhang of ~ 1.2 cm or .6 cm for both toe and heel. That will allow for all normal stance angles and will be a really good fit.

I don't have the specs on the 2008 Fleetwood, but from memory the 158 will be a great length for your 176 lbs in that model.
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