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Great thread, thanks for all the help and info wiredsport!!!

I got me a season pass this year to bear mountain I use to ride a lot but haven't much lately. Last year I went out a few times and am excited again. I have an old GNU Hasselhoff 150-152 board regular camber. I think I bought it new in the mid to late 90's. Any way I want to start playing on fun boxes and maybe trying to learn some small rails this year. I like jumps but nothing huge. And I kinda like the smaller squirly feel of a board. I do some reason want a GNU again but really it doesn't matter to me what brand board I get. Anyways, any suggestions on a fun board or board style for me? size 11 boot.


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Great thread, thanks for all the help and info wiredsport!!!

I got me a season pass this year to bear mountain I use to ride a lot but haven't much lately. Last year I went out a few times and am excited again. I have an old GNU Hasselhoff 150-152 board regular camber. I think I bought it new in the mid to late 90's. Any way I want to start playing on fun boxes and maybe trying to learn some small rails this year. I like jumps but nothing huge. And I kinda like the smaller squirly feel of a board. I do some reason want a GNU again but really it doesn't matter to me what brand board I get. Anyways, any suggestions on a fun board or board style for me? size 11 boot.


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This is my second season, so I guess you probably have more exp. than me, however I am officially a dark blue so I have some authority as far as your question goes, it's all about personal preference. I am a freestyle/park person because that's what is most appealing to me. As a result, I really like the regular camber that your old board has because it's easier to butter, Ollie, etc. If you are interested in doing some fun boxes or rails or anything freestyle, I suggest the regular camber. It's all personal perference and what you feel more comfortable on. I hope I could help answer your question have a good time shreddin
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This is my second season, so I guess you probably have more exp. than me, however I am officially a dark blue so I have some authority as far as your question goes, it's all about personal preference. I am a freestyle/park person because that's what is most appealing to me. As a result, I really like the regular camber that your old board has because it's easier to butter, Ollie, etc. If you are interested in doing some fun boxes or rails or anything freestyle, I suggest the regular camber. It's all personal perference and what you feel more comfortable on. I hope I could help answer your question have a good time shreddin
thanks for the reply!!! I still do like my board even though its older. So You think there is much difference between what I have now compared to a new camber board? Another words should my board be just fine for that style riding?
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I wear a size 8 Burton Moto boots, fit me we'll, very comfortable, btw, I ride flow bindings right now too, broke my leg near the ankle several years ago and the Flows allowed me to get back ino the sport without pain.
Ok first off, I'd like to say that being 51 years old and snowboarding is a major achievement! Wow! Hopefully I'll be able to board when I'm in my 50s. (I'm still a teen)
Anyway... If you are looking for a cruiser board and not an "end your life by jumping off a 5 story ramp" kind of board, I suggest a banana-shaped board with the base of the nose and tail higher than the middle of the board. This camber will have more forgivingness than most other boards. It will also make carving easier. As far as the length and width, there's some rules of thumb. The board's length should be within your shoulders and the top of your head. I like my boards at chin level because I'm 5'9" and 138 lbs. the heavier you are for your height, the longer of a board you will want. Also, the longer the board, the more stable and smooth. If you want a really smooth, nice ride, and you plan on having a good time, get a board that is around eye level. For a size 11 shoe, your board should be a medium to wide width. Determine this by setting your boots in your bindings and then on the board you are interested in. If the bindings stick out more than one inch on both sides, you might want to try a wider board. If the boots hardly hang over on the sides, take it down a notch.
If a board is too narrow, your boots will drag in the snow if you carve hard. If it is too wide, you won't have as much leverage when cornering and will make it harder to carve.
I hope I could help solve some of your questions. Keep riding!

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thanks for the reply!!! I still do like my board even though its older. So You think there is much difference between what I have now compared to a new camber board? Another words should my board be just fine for that style riding?
If you like your board, there is no reason to buy another one. That's how I see it. Besides, for what you want to do, your board is perfect! (In my opinion) have a good night
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thanks for the reply!!! I still do like my board even though its older. So You think there is much difference between what I have now compared to a new camber board? Another words should my board be just fine for that style riding?
Hi RCB,

There are huge differences in boards since the mid 90's (many of the biggest changes not being in profile at all). Cores have improved a lot with newer cores largely being milled to allow well considered flex zones. Board weights have come down significantly. Laminates and laminating processes have improved. Many more...and more refined sidecut options are available. Magnetraction is now present on all Gnu models. Etc.

And then there are the profiles Even if you were to stay with camber, there have been notable improvements made there as well.


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Thanks for the advice

Appreciate the advice here, this is a great place to see a lot of options and opinions. I ended up getting the 2014 NS Proto HD in a 154 size. After mounting my bindings the width looks to be just right. Can't wait for some snow so I can get out there and ride!
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What performance difference is there between a stff board or a soft one? I think I like softer ones, but I haven't ridden on stiffer ones
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Generally softer boards are better for jibbing. Stiffer boards are more stable for charging.
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Thanks for the clarification. Have a good season
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