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Old 12-19-2010, 01:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just recently taken up snowboarding and ready to get my own board...just need help choosing the right one.

I am 5'3", 115 lbs. I've been riding a friends Morrow Wildflower 138cm which seems to work for me. I've been riding for about a month have mastered the basics.

I have someone selling a womens Burton charger 148cm...but I'm afraid it will be too long for me.



Any suggestions??

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Old 12-19-2010, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've just recently taken up snowboarding and ready to get my own board...just need help choosing the right one.

I am 5'3", 115 lbs. I've been riding a friends Morrow Wildflower 138cm which seems to work for me. I've been riding for about a month have mastered the basics.

I have someone selling a womens Burton charger 148cm...but I'm afraid it will be too long for me.



Any suggestions??
Hi Roxy,

Please let us know your foot size as well. Rider height is not a factor in board sizing, but foot size is a big one.

Stoked for you that you are getting a new board!!!
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I wear a 7.5 womens boot...
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Burton Charger 148??? NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

First of all, that board has to be really, really old.

Secondly, while I would say a 138 is too short, a 148 is pretty long. I would choose something in the low 140's (140 - 144).

What kind of budget do you have?

Some suggestions:
K2 Luna or Lunatique
Rome Vinyl
Ride Canvas
Roxy Eminence or Ollie Pop
Gnu B-street
Capita Space Metal Fantasy
Never Summer Pandora
Bataleon Distortia
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Lilfoot has it right. 140-144 would work just fine.

Being a newer rider I wouldn't recommend a v-rockered type board (Lib, arbor, burton v-rocker, etc.)... Stick with camber or a camber hybrid. Also, if you're not aware of the subtleties of binding setup, take it to a shop to get it set up.

Lastly, if you have any numbness while riding, do not assume it's normal. Numbness is bad and you should be able to snowboard pain free. If you feel pain/discomfort when you ride, go to a shop and get your boot fitted properly. They will recommend insoles, heat mold the boot, and sometimes add inserts to relieve pressure in certain areas.
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You have some good advice above in terms of the specific boards that you mentioned. You are on the absolute high side of the range for the wildflower 138 and you are below the size range on the old Charger 148.

There are a LOT of boards available for your size in every price range. The Bataleon Distortia that Lillfoot mentioned will be an excellent choice for you in 143 cm and the Flow Jewel 143 is also a top suggestion.

Happy riding!
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks!! This really helps!!! I'm looking to stay under $300 for allof it...but I want a good board
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I've just recently taken up snowboarding and ready to get my own board...just need help choosing the right one.

I am 5'3", 115 lbs. I've been riding a friends Morrow Wildflower 138cm which seems to work for me. I've been riding for about a month have mastered the basics.

I have someone selling a womens Burton charger 148cm...but I'm afraid it will be too long for me.



Any suggestions??
crazy..my first board was a friend's morrow wildflower too. except it was a 144cm and i'm only 5'0". like everyone else is saying, you're a bit tall for the 138. probably somewhere between the 138-148 would be ideal.

went with a ride canvas 140cm last year.
and this year i'm riding gnu park pickle 140cm.
i'd say, each board suited my needs as i progressed/stepped up my riding..
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