I could use some advice here. I recently lost a lot of weight. I dropped from 275 lbs to 195 lbs so far over the past 4 months (joined a medical research study on weight loss
). Now I have no idea what to expect as I approach snowboard season and what size board to try. I had been looking at some new boards last season, but now I'm in uncharted territory (I have not been this weight since 7th grade, almost 20 years ago). I am very fit right now, very muscular not just weakened, so at least I have that going for me. The problem is, I have never tried snowboarding at this weight and do not know what to expect for size and style.
Stats & Style: 5'10", 195 lbs, 11.5 (U.S.). I would call myself an intermediate-to-advanced rider (not an expert), mostly doing groomers, but a few blacks, some woods with fresh powder, a little off piste but not much. I tend to charge hard on the groomers and just bomb.
I have always ridden long boards to deal with weight, and wide boards for longish feet (maybe not needed, but helpful with my weight). So I have owned boards in the 168-172 range. Last year I was looking at a Neversummer Raptor/RaptorX 165 and a Bataleon Undisputed 167: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...-bataleon.html
. I guess don't need as stiff or long a board anymore to handle my weight, though these could still be awesome.
I may chicken out on getting a new board and just look for rentals/demos this season. For all I know, I will gain all the weight back before the end of the season anyway
but I'd still like to figure out what works for me.
I'm hoping someone can make a suggestion about board type and length. I am really at a loss, so any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks very much for your generous thoughts and time.