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Old 12-28-2010, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can a size 10 US foot use a 265mm,159 wide board?

Hi i m a newbie buying a new board for my new hobby... I asked my friends about what kind of board i should get and they suggested a wide board for stability

so i went and got the K2 illusion 159, 265mm stance...

afterwards, i browsed the websites for more information and i figured that they all recommend that my bare feet to extrude the boards by ~1cm.... i just sat my bare feet against my board and i m short about 1 cm...

i weight 175lbs at 5'11 and i m wondering if i m looking for a stable board for freeriding... is it okay that my board is a bit too wide?

when i wear my boots and fit into my bindings, i find that my boot will extrude the board by roughly ~1 cm and i am quite comfortable with my regular stance.

thanks in advance!

and i ride the park mostly in the east side...

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Old 12-28-2010, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm going to say no. A size 10 should have a waist of 25-25.3cm. And if you're freeriding it should probably be on the narrower side because you'll want quicker edge to edge transition. I have a size 10 and ride a 24.8 waist for all mtn and a 25.5 waist for park the difference edge to edge is quite noticeable. I couldn't imagine how much slower it would be on a 26.5cm board.
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i kinda have the same question. I just bought a k2 anagram 159wide and I wear a size 10.5 boot. At first I just adjusted the angles to 12/-9 and forgot to adjust the width to 20inches. I went boarding back in march and learned how to go heelside to toe side and pretty much was good at it with my nitro volume 158cm board (nonwide); i rarely fell and only ate it a couple of times catching an edge. The first day with the k2, I ate it sooooo many times and it was very hard to initiate a turn. I just adjusted the width to 20inches (im 5'8 180lb) and hopefully that helps. Do you guys think the width adjustment will help alot? I am hoping that's the case
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Recommending a wide board strictly for added stability is horrible advice. Furthermore, I have two boots... one size 10 and the other 9.5. I've ridden a few wide boards (all over 26cm) with my size 10 boots. I did not like it one bit. They handled sluggishly. While those boards were more stable, the trade-off in the handling department was not worth it one bit.

There are other much bigger contributors to board stability. The main one is stiffness. The stiffer the board, the more stable it will be. The other major contributor is size. The longer the board, the more stable. Next on the list is camber profile. Rockered boards by nature are less stable than positive cambered boards. This brings us to technology. Many rockered boards have added technology to combat the stability issue. K2 has a great example in their Harshmellow tech. Ride has their Slimewalls.

You are a park rider... return your board for a normal sized model. While you're at it, get a size smaller. Go with the 155 as you are virtually dead center of that size's weight range for the Anagram.
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