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Old 01-06-2012, 08:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In a Craigslist goggle deal gone mad, I picked up a ridden once Ride Fleetwood 158 with Burton Progression bindings for $100. I knew it was a pretty well respected board, and figured the price was right, but didn't realize it was a "wide" board until I got home. My feet are anywhere from 10-11 depending on boot, so I guess it might be a little wide. My last pair were 10's, but I am getting new ones, and in everything I wear 10.5 seems to be the average.
So what difference does the wide part make in handling? Is this going to make the board more difficult to maneuver or turn? I'd like to think it would make it more stable for a beginner like me, but that would just be dumb luck.

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Old 01-06-2012, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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To answer your post title question: yes. It will be tougher to get it up on edge and it will feel a little sluggish edge to edge in turns...other than that, as a beginner, it will make it harder for you to learn maintain a heel or toe edge when sliding turns (or doing your falling leaf). Good luck.
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I wear a size 11 and I prefer wide boards, especially in powder.
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To answer your post title question: yes. It will be tougher to get it up on edge and it will feel a little sluggish edge to edge in turns...other than that, as a beginner, it will make it harder for you to learn maintain a heel or toe edge when sliding turns (or doing your falling leaf). Good luck.
Interesting. I Read that it is a wider version of the Ride Control but is only 1.6 cm wider according to the specs I saw. That much of a noticeable difference for only 1.6 cm huh? Maybe I should stay off CL until I figure this stuff out
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you bought it, go f'in ride it!
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you bought it, go f'in ride it!
Ha. Not much snow here in FL right now. Have a few weeks before my trip, just trying to get things in order.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've got size 11's as well, definitely prefer wider boards, toe drag in deep carvs blows....royally (broke my radius bone washing out from toe drag, trying not to kill a numbnut crossing an icy black slope behind a blind crest, proper turning before the washout though).

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I've got size 11's as well, definitely prefer wider boards, toe drag in a deep carvs blows....royally (broke my radius bone washing out from toe drag, trying to not kill a numbnut crossing an icy black slope behind a blind crest, proper turning before the washout though).
Ouch! Now you've even got me thinking about a wide board
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