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Old 02-18-2012, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello guys I just started riding some snowboard and I'm now looking for my first board (YAY! ). And it seems like its tilting towards a 172cm burton baronboard. So a little about myself;

193cm tall.
77kg.
size 45 boots.
Decently strong legs.
beginner, but it feels like I'll advance quickly.
There will mostly be freeriding, mostly in the piste and some in powder. Maybe advance to some freestyleriding when I'm more advanced as a rider, but it feels like I am more of a "flowingdownthehill with decent speed but not aggresive-guy". Dont think I'll spend too much time in the park, maybe later but i guess I'll have to get another board for that as the baron might be a bit too clumsy and hard to maneuver.

The baron should be great for my big feet, but idnu do i weigh too little for handle it easily?
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think a 172cm is probably way too big for your size. You are taller than average, but you are also not very heavy. Weight is generally more important than height when choosing board size.

The Baron, if I'm not mistaken, is also a "wide" designated board, which you may not really need. At US shoe size ~11.5 you might make due with a regular width board (something about 254mm wide). Wide boards are also generally a little more difficult or slow to maneuver than a normal width board.
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If my conversion is correct, you're 6'4", 175lb.

IMO, a 172 is way too big, look for something in the low 160's or high 150's.

By way of comparison, I'm 188cm, 86kg and ride a 161-164 depending on the board
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ah yeah, i found a calculatingsystem which told me I should get a 162cm long board with 253mm waist width ^^ Thanks for quick resposes.

The calculatingsystem is found at this adress: Snowboard Sizing Guide, Size Calculator
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A 162 still seems kind of big. For another comparison, I am 183cm and 95 kg, size 44.5 boot. I ride 162ish for the style of riding you describe (freeriding, on piste) or I ride a 156 or 157 for freestyle/terrain park.

If I were you I would probably stick to the high 150s, like 157-159. As a beginner, a longer board will make learning a little more difficult. As you progress, you may decide you want to try a longer board, but for the first season or two I would say to get a slightly smaller board.
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Alright thanks for the advice
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A 162 Baron was my first board... oh the memories... I had a size 12 boot and was about 180. Probably would have wanted to go with something a bit shorter in retrospect.
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