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Old 01-11-2011, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a 50 year old female just learning to snowboard. Can only handle about 2 hours each time before it kicks my butt. I'm not planning on doing any jumps, boxes, rails, etc. I just want a board to go down the mountain on. I am on green runs and would like to get to blue runs - not interested in diamond or black runs. Just want to easily cruise down the hill with some s curves and linking turns. The guy at the pro shop suggested I get a flat rocker board (not a banana board). But some internet reading suggests that's more for doing jumps, etc. so I am confused. Would a 0 degree rocker board be okay for me for the limited use I need. I usually ski at Snow Summit in California which is mostly groomed runs. I've also read that it can be hard to carve on these boards, which would be what I need to do on blue runs. Any advise?
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also, I'm not a speed demon and not looking to go FAST!
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Go on here and find your board size. Snowboard Sizing Guide, Size Calculator

Then go on Craigslist and find a used girls board in your range. Don't worry about the banana, reverse camber jargon. Most any board made in the last 10-15 years will meet your needs fine, you just need the right size. Then get GOOD BOOTS that FIT. Get bindings with a Toe Cap, but that's not as important as good boots that fit, (no movement in those boots and make sure they are tight when you buy them because they pack out.)

Then take lessons from a professional at the mountain, not a friend that is good at snowboarding.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've already been to that site. I have my board size, have great boots and bindings, just was wondering about this flat rocker board that the pro shop said I should get. Any thoughts? Rocker or regular camber board since I just want to go down the mountain at an easy slow pace.
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ha, they both go down the mountain at the same speed.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The base material (sintered over extruded), stiffness (stiffer = faster), and length (longer = faster) affect the board's speed more than camber profiles.

If you want a board for general cruising, you want a softer board. I would look at boards in the 4-6 range of stiffness on a 10 scale.

I actually think a rocker board or some sort of hybrid will be better for your purposes. The reason being that rockered boards are more forgiving. This means you have less chance of catching edges which is great for general green cruising. If you so do feel inclined to become a good carver, then a flat camber or regular camber will be the best route. A hybrid will give you the best of both worlds.

This one is not a big deal, but a directional or directional twin will be a good choice for you. True twins will work too, but since you don't sound like you'll be doing switch or tricks, directional boards will carve better (for the most part).

I highly recommend the Ride Promise. It's a great female all-mountain board with slightly more than mid-flex. It has a very mellow LowRize rocker which gives you that catch-free playfulness without being too loose. The flex is perfect for your type of riding.

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The GNU B-Street is another good choice. This one is a twin, but carves nicely because of the Magnetraction. The biggest benefit of Magnetraction is icey conditions. It will carve on ice without a problem.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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All three of my girls ride Sierra v-spots from Snowboard, Snowboards, Burton Snowboards, Burton Bindings, Burton Boots, and snowboard reviews - Free Shipping - US Orders Over $50. A very affordable rocker camber board that has been very good for them.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you are a 50 year old female just learning to snowboard you kick ass and will not be satisfied with cruising green/blue groomers for long. Go for it!
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Camber boards hold an edge better for carving on groomers. Rocker boards float better on powder. Hybrid (e.g., rocker-camber) boards are more forgiving and as someone else already said, are less likely to catch an edge and send you to the ground. Hybrids also have easier turn initiation and float pretty damn well on powder, so I think they're the best of both worlds.

I've never ridden a flat rocker board. Is it a Ride brand board the salesman was suggesting?
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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We didn't get into brand names with the sales guy.

Since the mountain is mostly groomed hard packed icy runs which melt and get slushy by mid morning, sounds like the flat rocker would not be good unless I started the day when the snow is slushy. I want something good on the hard packed icy runs as we usually get there first thing in the morning before a lot of people show up.

If the flat rocker does not carve well, I don't understand why the sales guys was trying to talk me into it. For just cruising down the mountain on blue runs, no air, no jumps, sounds like the flat rocker should not be considered and I should get a camber - but even the post above from Leo said the flat rocker would be okay.

See my confusion? Any other comments you guys may have?
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