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Old 11-13-2011, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey - Thanks to your suggestions here, I'm leaning towards getting a Never Summer SL (or possibly Proto). Wondering if you could help me pick a size, let's say for the SL.

I'm male, 5'7", 155lbs, size 6.5 boot (it's weird, I wear a size 8 shoe, but for some reason the boot that fit me best was a 6.5 Salomon, which I really love.) I'm an advanced but not expert free rider, novice park. Figure I'll be using this 65% free ride, 35% park.

I was thinking a 153, but I'd love your thoughts...?
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I may have this backwards but go with the sl in a 153 or the 154 for the proto.

this being the slight difference in length will make up the difference in dampening..
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would go with a 155 personally even with it's waist width being 25.1mm (vs. the 24.4mm ww of the 153 that ideally would be better suited for your boot size) From Snowolf's review of the Heritage, he thinks the RC tech is well-suited for riders with small feet and you can ride a board with a bigger waist width when I posed the question to him.

The 153 would be more maneuverable in the park but if you're mostly into free-riding I would go to the bigger size. The 155 would be faster, more stable, and would provide better float.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do worry about the width with the small boot size... but you're right, I'd prefer a longer board.

If I recall correctly they say that these boards are effectively a little larger, given their blunt noses? Do I have that right?
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Anyone else help me decide on the 153 vs 155?

(I'd probably go 155 but note the size 6.5 boots - 153's got the 24.4 cm width which fits those tiny boots better, 155's are 25.1 which might be little wide...? I won't have a chance to demo so I have to decide in the abstract. Thanks again.)
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the same stats as you (except for the feet) and I ride a 153 GNU CC and a NS SL 155.
But either one works really, 2 cms isn't that much (under an inch).
Since you seem to be more freeride oriented, I'd pick the 155.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Either one works really, 2 cms isn't that much.
I have the same stats as you and I ride a 153 GNU CC.
Except in this case it does because there's a pretty sizable waist difference between a 153 and 155...

Im tempted to say 153 just because you have such small feet wearing 6.5 boots.

I rode a 2009 151 NS SL-R(with 24.3 waist) for years at 5'6 140lbs w/ size 9 mens Boots...worked perfectly fine and i could float through deeper powder great.

So i go with 153...
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I weight 165lbs with size 7 boots. Originally I purchased a 153 due to concerns with the 155 being too wide (24.4 vs. 25.1cm) but after reading Snowolf's review of the Heritage and his answer to a question I posed to him in regards to riding a 158 board (with a 25.4cm WW - he admittedly has pretty small feet as well), I exchanged it for a 155cm board. He said the wide WW of the Heritage wasn't really an issue with his smaller boot size due to the ultra-quick edging that the NS RC tech gives the board. As the SL is even more torsionally softer than the Heritage, the wider WW of the 155 should even be less of a problem for your boot size. Shayboarder often rides boards with WW > 25cm on her review site with little adverse effect (i think she's a womens size 8 - which equates to about a mens 6.5-7 - and should give you a good comparison).

Here's his response to my question:

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/equ...eritage-4.html

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok, I'm leaning towards the 155... I'm sure I'll go back and forth a few more times but meanwhile thanks for all your helpful input.
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