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Old 03-08-2008, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Setup for Tall Guy w/Big Feet?

Hey Everyone,

I'm a moderately experienced rider who has always rented equipment and I've decided that I'm ready to purchase my own equipment for next season. Here's my stats:

Height: 6' 3.75"
Weight: 160lbs
Boot: Size 12

Growing: No
Budget: Open
Type: Freestyle/Freeride (All-Mountain)
Location: Southern California (primarily, but not restricted to)

I have at least 5-6 seasons of snowboarding experience, but I've never been very committed to the sport. I'm very comfortable riding advanced runs at speed, but only comfortable with the intermediate park features (hoping on improving). I'd like an All-Mountain type board that will give me versatility, but I usually find that "All Purpose" means "OK For Everything, Good for Nothing". I favor the terrain park and enjoy a great ride on a black diamond run.

I can't help but feel like rentals have been holding me back and I'd like to move on. Can anyone recommend a good length, width, or product to get me started? I just came back from a 6-7 year break and a lot has changed. I'm interested in a full package; boots/bindings/board.

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Old 03-08-2008, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I ride a Rome Machine and it has a 26.2cm (wider) base. It performs great on the whole mountain including the park. For you I would go with a 157 or 159 but thats up to you. A good binding option would be the Rome 390s or Targas. 390s being a little softer for freestyle/park and Targas be a little stiffer and all mountain. I don't want to press my set up on you but it truly is a nice one. (I ride the 390s btw)

Boot wise, go with whatever fits comfortably.
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Thanks for the input. I was currently looking at 163 for length, but that might be a little long and more on the freeride side and less manageable in the park. My current board of choice is the Arbor Wasteland, but I'm still browsing around.
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I'm 6'6" and size 14's and just picked up a Burton Custom X wide. Before that I had rented and always felt horrible on rentals. This board has been great so far. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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I'm 6'6" and size 14's and just picked up a Burton Custom X wide. Before that I had rented and always felt horrible on rentals. This board has been great so far. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
What length did you go with? What about boots/bindings? Right now I'm leaning towards the Arbor Wasteland 159 w/Rome 390s. Boots are still way up in the air at the moment and nothing is set in stone.
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I got the 164 and Burton co2 bindings.
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got the 164 and Burton co2 bindings.
that was gonna be my set up, but both items sold the day before i placed my order..
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At 160lb I wouldn't go with anything over 159. You would probably be best off with 155-157.
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At 160lb I wouldn't go with anything over 159. You would probably be best off with 155-157.
So length has more to do with weight than my actual height? That's not what I had expected.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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So length has more to do with weight than my actual height? That's not what I had expected.
LoL, length PRIMARILY has to do with weight.
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