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Old 03-14-2012, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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after renting a board for 12 - 13 years, I finally bought a board of my own that was on sale in a local shop.
My length is 184cm (6 feet), my weight is 85kgs and my shoe size is US 12.
The board I just bought is a Nidecker Legacy 2011 - 158. Now that I've bought this board, I'm starting to doubt if I made the right choice.
I never visit the parks and use the slopes or go off-piste if there is fresh powder.
As I've read on the net this board should be perfect for this purpose. But with my length and weight I have doubts to use the board (so I couldn't return it any more). I'm afraid to have toe drag and I also think it 'll be a bit too short for me.
In the shop I could also buy a Burton Baron (5 years old) in the 164 Wide size that was in impeccable state.
Can anyone tell me what to do because I'll go boarding the first week of April ?
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Legacy pretty much excels in most areas despite not being well known. Maybe not much of a park board, but all-mountain freeride it definitely holds its own. The 158 may be a tiny bit too small for you, however, it'll be a much better fit than the 164W Baron. Stick with the legacy. =]
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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85kg is what, about 200 lbs? You will be fine on a 158. I think it is on the slightly narrower side based on this year's spec so you might have a minor toe-drag issue but that should be minimized if you use a stance 23" or wider, and depending on your stance angles, will also help minimize it.

Do not buy a 5-year old Burton baron.

If you are still hesitant about the Nidecker, there must be something in the shop that is newer than the Baron.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you tried the board?
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What do you mean with trying the board ?
I've set the board so that everything feels right and with these settings the board seems perfect although i think it's a bit shorter than usual.
That's why I'm a bit afraid to start using it.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've even tried the board with my boots on (looked pretty stupid at that moment but hey, everything for the good cause....)
When i turned the board really far, I could turn as far as 70 degrees until my toes touched the ground.
This was a bit more reassuring but still.....
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