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Old 11-01-2011, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need some gear advice - looking at 157 T. Rice

I'm 5'8", 195lbs, size 9 boot, and I like to ride groomers, trees, steeps, some pow, and hit man-made/natural jumps. I'm currently using 2011 Burton Ion's, and I'm planning on buying a 2012 Lib Tech T.Rice Pro C2BTX HP Blunt 157 and matching it up with some new Burton Prophecy's. Do ya'll think this will be a nice set-up for what I like to do. I'm open to all advice and suggestions.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A 157 seems too small for you maybe?

I ride a 157 Magic and I am 5'6" and about 160-165lbs.

It is slightly bigger than I'd like, but that is because I want to get more into freestyle.

Its great for charging down the mountain and powder though.

Depends on how much freeride you want to do versus freestyle....

More freeride, go next size up.

More freestyle, stick with the 157.



Just my opinion. Blunted tips may actually mean it rides longer than 157?
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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157 is too small for any pow more than 6-8 inches, and if you cant feel the bottom you'll need more like a 162+
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So if I wanted to stick with the T. Rice do you think the 161.5 would still work well on jumps and trees, and do you think the 161.5 would be to wide for my boot size? I know some people will say it works for T. Rice, but he's a pro and he could ride a piece of wood better than most people could use his board.
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I agree 100% with the first poster. Take the 157 if you do more freestyle, take the 161 if you do more all-mountain freeriding - it's a much better size for you.
Don't worry about the width, it will be fine with your boot size (maybe a little wide for a smaller boot than yours though). A little bit of extra width is always great to have... you're not doing world cup boardercross here
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with the others. If you like to get in the pow gotta go 161. 157 at your weight=lots of getting stuck and thats not fun, a good work out but not fun.
If you are on groomed runs and want to do mostly park and jumps and stuff 157 could work fine, but 161 gives you more options.
Too bad they don't have a 159.
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