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which length ride machete?

I have decided which board I want, a ride machete, now I would like to know what length I should choose.

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148 lbs, length 5í9 and shoesize 7.5
Location: Europe
Riding style: I want to have fun on the whole mountain; small jumps, tricks, big turns, small turns, powder whenever itís there. I see the park for about 10% of the time. Iím not interested in goiing fast, but sometimes I have to, because my friends like itÖ

Iíve tried the 155 indoors and it felt a little to big. I know that itís normal to go a little smaller indoors, but still I have the feeling I need the 152 (also considering my small feet and the somewhat slow edge to edge response of the 155).

The importer and retailer are sure I need the 155 once I go for the real thing. They are nice guys, but I have to say that they did not import the 152!

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I think the 155 will work well for you, but the 152 will definitely be more playful. I know you have decided, but if you just think that the 155 is going to be too big, look for a 153 DH2 or a 154 Indoor FK.

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I think the 155 will work well for you, but the 152 will definitely be more playful. I know you have decided, but if you just think that the 155 is going to be too big, look for a 153 DH2 or a 154 Indoor FK.
Can you explain your recommendations?
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You can ride either the 152 or the 155. Just know that you fall just under the max weight for the 152 so it will actually flex a bit softer than the 155. With the 155, you are pretty much dead center of the weight scale. You'll be getting the intended flex out of the 155.

In the grand spectrum of things, the Ride Machete is on the stiffer side of the mid flex world.

Also, you are fairly light for your height along with a smaller foot size. It's a conundrum with your specs.

The 152 fits your boots better, but the 155 suits your height better. You are one of the few body types where height actually starts to matter in board length. At 5'9, you'll have considerable leverage over a 152. So not only will your weight make the 152 flex softer, your height will too.

I'd say stick with the 155.


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Wow, that's a spot-on reply, Leo.

Thank you for reading my specs so well; seems I haven't bothered writing them down for nothing ;-). Indead, I've been fighting against this conundrum for the last few weeks, but the insight of my length getting into the equation never struck my mind. Good thinking!

One of my reasons for choosing the machete is the small waist-size compared to other boards I like, but considering my foot-size it is indeed still wide. One solution would be a women's board, but I guess that is not a good idea because it would be too soft? And the narrow version of eg. the skate banana is about the same waist-size as the machete, but probably also too soft for my intentions.

It looks like it will indeed be the machete 155.

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Leo pretty well explained the situation. The 152 will feel more playful cause you have more leverage over it. The 155 will feel more solid but still pressable. Reason I say DH2 is because its like the opposite of the Machete. The machete flex is something like 6/4/6 where the DH2 is more like 4/6/4. So the same size in the DH2 is going to be softer in the tips but just as solid on edge. I say 153 in the DH2 because it is stiffer inbetween the bindings than the Machete. Because of that, you keep the same stability in a smaller size than something that gains its main stability outside your feet. That way you don't have the extra length but keep the same highspeed capability with tips that make butters and presses a little easier. The Indoor is a compromise of the two. It more of an even flex board so more like 5/5.5/5.

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Thanks for your reply, Nivek.

Interesting thoughts. However, on ride's site they say a machete is flex 6 and a DH2 is flex 7. And I can't get information about the flex divided into mid, tip and tail. BTW, is highspeed stability only defined by the stiffness between your feet?

Also the dh2 153's waist is wider than the machete 155's and my weight is less centered on it's weight-range than it is for the machete. Having written this I realize that it's all a lot of theoretical shit...

Anyway, I probably have the chance to try the DH2 next friday and I probably will!

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I still can't really figure out why ride rates them that way. Side by side they feel the same but the DH2 has just slightly softer tips.

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