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Old 02-02-2008, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok well this is probably going to get me flamed a bit but I can handle it.


I am just starting to get into snowboarding and am going the rental route for a bit, to determine if I want to actually buy a board.

Well when I do get to that point ( I know I will eventually buy a board) what should I look for. I am a bigger guy then average, I am not like most of my friends who snowboard ( 150lbs). I am about 5'10" 240lbs guy, pretty upper body heavy, large shoulders. 52" chest. I measured to about my lip and it is 158cm, but am told because of my weight I should get 164cm board.My shoe size is 11. basically I am looking to get a little feedback.

so far people have suggested brands only with no real size info or suggestions

Rossignol and Arbor.

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Old 02-02-2008, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Height means nothing. Weigth, and boot size are what you need to be concerned about. You need a board that is wide enough to keep you toe/heel from not over-hanging too much. You also need a board that is designed to flex correctlly with your weight.

That said, some brands make a deck that is 155cm and coveres a weight range of 120-155 (pulling number out of my ass, here). Another brand may make a 155cm deck that covers people up to 200lbs. It really depends on how the board is designed to ride, not the actual size the board is. The best thing you can do is check-out the web sites from various brands. Check out the stats for the boards they make, and look at the suggested weight-ranges for their boards. As a general rule, longer boards handle more weigth, and shorter boards for less weight. However, I know the K2 WWW 152 deck says it can handle people up to 200lbs. So rules, like hymens, are meant to be broken.
Common brands you could check out are:

-Ride
-Forum
-Burton
-Never Summer
-K2
-Rome
-Atomic
-Flow

Hope this helped.
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thanks for your input.

I am going again today (renting again of course). Last time the rental was a 164 Burton Bullet ( I think it was called).Seemed to be easier to ride then that 167 I got the first time I went.
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thanks for your input.

I am going again today (renting again of course). Last time the rental was a 164 Burton Bullet ( I think it was called).Seemed to be easier to ride then that 167 I got the first time I went.
Yeah, when you are learning, a shorter, and more flexible board will be easier to ride. They shorter length makes them more menuvrable, and the softer flex makes them more forgiving on mistakes (hence freestyle boards are short and soft, and race boards are long and stiff)
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