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Old 01-11-2012, 10:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry and one more quick question...

My boot size is 11.5 and the waist width of the board is 25.2 (cm). Will I be okay in this regard or do I need to buy a wide board?

(Sorry if I'm obsessing).
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Its a touch on the big side for you size wise, but not extremely and you can err on the long side for free riding. As has been said, there are better boards both to learn on and that you can grow into, but if its paid for already, its not gonna kill you to ride it. Thats just $100 less you'll have towards the good board you're gonna wanna buy next year.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Its a touch on the big side for you size wise, but not extremely and you can err on the long side for free riding. As has been said, there are better boards both to learn on and that you can grow into, but if its paid for already, its not gonna kill you to ride it. Thats just $100 less you'll have towards the good board you're gonna wanna buy next year.
Hmm....really on the fence here.

Is a 252 waist length at least okay for my 11.5 boot size?
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hmm....really on the fence here.

Is a 252 waist length at least okay for my 11.5 boot size?
He wants a new board.
You did ride it already, did you have any drag on the snow? If it was fine and you had fun riding it you're good to go. Keep riding it and you will love getting a new one once you outperformed this one and know what you really like in a board.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:10 AM   #15 (permalink)
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First of all, welcome to the forum and snowboarding.

My personal opinion so take that as you please... you asked if that board is okay for the long haul and my opinion on that is "no". The board, per the link you provided, is already 7 years old and by a manufacture not exactly known for snowboards. 7 years is a long time in this industry, since that board was released a lot has changed in the industry and board technology. This is not an argument in favor of always chasing the latest and greatest tech but at some point things go from being an older but viable board to just plain old and out of date. Complicating that is a board that was also not exactly leading edge when it was originally released. That is not a starting point you want in a used board that you plan to hang onto and ride for several years into the future (long haul). Secondly, from the picture on your link that board appears to have a proprietary binding mounting scheme. If you have the original manufacture bindings that mount on that board - great. Just from the picture, it does not appear that new bindings would mount to that system. Bindings 7 years old are going to start wearing out so how will you manage replacement parts or repairs if you can't upgrade the bindings to something newer? If a lot has changed in boards in 7 years, as much if not more has changed in bindings. I have bindings 7 years old and compared to ones manufactured even a couple years ago the comfort level difference alone is big.

If you are looking to keep costs down, used snowboards can be found cheap. You could easily find something 3-4 years old that would still be a viable board for the next few years at an incredibly low cost compared to buying new.

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:14 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I vote you go ride this board for a while and then buy something.

Regarding width: look towards the bottom of this page:
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...ease-read.html

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Secondly, from the picture on your link that board appears to have a proprietary binding mounting scheme.
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I don't think so, looks like it's got an insert pattern like every other board. From the description, those black pads are just "new shock absorbing pads"
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Alright guys, screw it. Just bought my season pass and figure, why not, gonna go out tomorrow and buy a new board to last me.

Keep in mind, I live in Japan, so the selection here is a bit different from elsewhere, but mostly the same.

I've done a lot of research the past few days on this, and based on my body specifications (6'0, 180 pounds, 29cm boot) and what I want to do (beginner to intermediate board, freeride), I'm leaning toward the.....

K2 Raygun

Seems like a solid all-around board, mostly flat, beginner to intermediate, good for Japan's powder conditions, and I wont outskill it quickly. You guys agree?

My main concern is sizing. Since I wear a 29cm boot (which is about 11.4 inches), I'm assuming I need at MINIMUM a board with a waist length of about 255. The sizes I'm considering are the 161 (253 waist), 157 Wide (262 waist), or 160 Wide (265 waist).



Phew......sorry to ask for the 10th time in this thread buuuuuut......

what do you gents think?
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:56 AM   #19 (permalink)
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If you duck the bindings out you should be able to fit on a regular waist board. I ride 18/15 and fit my 11.5's no problem on a regular width waist.
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If you duck the bindings out you should be able to fit on a regular waist board. I ride 18/15 and fit my 11.5's no problem on a regular width waist.
whats the waist size on yours?
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