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Old 03-12-2011, 03:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,


I read a lot of topics on this forum but this is my first post.
I have a dilemma and I need your advice.

So, itís time to upgrade my 6 years old board with a new one.
I have a Nitro Titan 164 with 25.8 waist width.
Also I have boots size US13, I didnít have any toe/heel drag with this board.

Iím somewhere between intermediate and advanced, riding especially groomers and off-piste.
Iím looking for a new freeride board, and Iím not sure if I should go for a longer board (Iím afraid I will not be able to put enough pressure if it is too long) or a wider one (over 26 waist width).
By the way, Iím 6í26 and around 170 lbs Ė thin and tall


Thanks guys! Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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By the way, Iím 6í26 and around 170 lbs Ė thin and tall


Thanks guys! Any help would be much appreciated.
6' 26 is pretty gnarly. I'll assume for now thats a typo and reply again when I get confirmation.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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6' 26 is pretty gnarly. I'll assume for now thats a typo and reply again when I get confirmation.
I'm 1.91 m high.
I used google to convert this into feet, as I'm not familiar with your measurement system.

And now I get it! I have 6.26' which means 6'3".
Am I right now?
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you sure you're not 6'26" cause that would be like some sort of mixed numeral, making you 8 feet 2 inches tall?
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As I was saying, 6'3".

Any help please?
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Get the lib-tech skunk ape
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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What makes you think you should go longer or wider? If you do decide to go a bit longer look for a softer flex, and as far as width just make sure the waist is comparable to that of your Nitro. What boards have you been considering and where do you ride?
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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6'3 and 170lbs is not that abnormal. You are fairly skinny, but not at all too skinny. Plus we have to keep in mind that people usually aren't as tall as they say. My belief of being 5'11 was crushed with one visit to the Dr's office lol. I'm 5'9 :P

Anyway, my rant aside, you really have no need to be on a 164. The reason that board fit you is because it has the waist width of at least a mid-wide. I'm going to suggest you hop on a shorter board in a wide version. You are looking in the range of:

155-161 wide. Make note of some models such as the Lib Tech T.Rice. It doesn't state that it's a wide board, but if you look at the measurements, the 161.5 and up are wide models. Also, the Skunk Ape is the wide version of the TRS.

Here are my suggestions for boards that fit your style of riding:

Never Summer Heritage X 156 for more playfulness or 158 for more bomb proof stability

K2 Turbo Dream 157w or 160w - My review here:
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/equ...eam-390-a.html

Ride Highlife 159w - Very similar to the Turbo Dream, but a good deal stiffer. Instead of being flat in the middle, it is nearly flat. Has more pop as well.

Lib Tech T.Rice 161.5 - Sick big mountain board with C2 camber. Rocker between the feet and camber underfoot. Stiff and stable. Magnetraction is going to help with edge hold on ice/hardpack/crud.
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Thanks Leo.
Do you think I should go so short as below 160?

The problem is I don’t have the chance to demo any board so I have to make my choice only on reviews and suggestions.
As I ride only on this 164 board I start asking myself if this is the right size for me.

I ride especially groomers at high speed and I like to go off piste when possible.
I don’t get too often the chance to ride powder, but I try not to miss any.
I'm interested in a freeride directional board, as I don't do any tricks, only small jumps.

I read a lot of good impressions over Never Summer Raptor X and I must say it arouse my interest.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I honestly believe you can go below 160 since you will be on a wide board. The most important factor is your weight. If you want more stability, get a stiffer board. You can do a 160w comfortably. I just think 164 is excessive.

The Raptor is meant for big mountain freeriding.
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