Quiver Questions! (Advice sought...)
Hi! Long time reader, first time poster etc... I'm looking for some advice on some potential board purchases for my girlfriend and I and would really appreciate any help. I suppose we've already made some decisions but really just looking for any flaws in our logic or positive affirmation of our ideas from those that know better than us to be honest.
Neither of us are expert level riders or even close. She has been skiing for as long as I've been boarding but made the switch on our last two trips (so has two weeks of boarding) and is sticking with the board going forward. She's a beginner, 5' 3.5, currently 125lbs (though will hover between 120 and 125lbs - she's very athletic and runs a lot) and wears a size 6.5 womens boot.
I've about 11 weeks of boarding under my belt, spread out over the last 4 years, mostly in France but some in Switzerland and Canada as well. Would probably class myself at the lower end of intermediate. I'm 5' 10.5* and currently 195lbs, though will be lighter come the trip as I'm just back training and playing sports after a long term injury (may hover around the same 180-190 mark as while I'm not fit at the moment I play contact sports so am looking to get back in shape, not just shed the pounds - I've always been a slight lad so previously would have been about 175-180 when fit). I wear size 8.5 shoes.
I've been riding an 2008 Burton Custom 160 for most of my trips. She's ridden a few rentals.
Sorry for all the detail, just trying to be thorough!
So... we've been doing a LOT of reading of late, trying to figure out (a) what we want in a board(s) and (b) what boards suit those needs/wants/wishes. The conclusions I've come to, and which I could really do with hearing your opinions on, are as follows:
She's still a beginner but given the time we'll have on the slopes (and, from experience, how quickly she takes to these things!) she'll need a board that she won't out-grow too quickly. From numerous threads here I see the Ride Compact recommended over and over again. It looks perfect for her, as while she wouldn't be much for the park she'd like to at least be able to try it out, but more to the point everything I've read on it seems to indicate that it is a great beginner to intermediate board and great as an all-mountain ride at that level. We are leaning toward a 150 rather than a 147, as she'd be in the upper end of the recommended size for the 147 and in the middle of the 150, and given she will be more likely to start exploring the off-piste and a bit of powder than hitting rails the bigger size will suit her needs better.
The Clash I've got is from 2008 so has not got a rocker but a more traditional camber. It's done me well over the years but it is limited and I need to move on from it at this stage. I definitely prefer the powder to the park, but I do enjoy messing around on the jumps too. With that in mind I've decided to get a seperate powder board and possibly another board, and settled on the following: a Jones Hovercraft for a powder board, and a reverse camber Blank board for the "other" board. In regard to the Jones, well, I don't need to say much - highly recommended, great powder board by all accounts, and friends with other Jones boards love them. I'm looking at a 160 for that. My only question mark about this is that while the price is fantastic (the end of season sales on this past years stuff is why we are looking now), I could also pick up a Jones Flagship for nearly the same price. Im inclined to stick with the Hovercraft as I really want a powder specific board, but am I being daft in not going for the Flagship?
With regard to the Blank board, my thinking is based on a few things. The price is excellent, and that's a big factor. While the end of season sales are fantastic, I still am pushing the budget looking at two boards. I'm not ashamed to admit that the visual is also a factor and I love the idea of a blank board to throw my own graphics on. I won't be throwing away the Clash, basic though it may be, but would like a smaller board (really could have done with some a little smaller for the Clash and I was a good deal lighter than) as a "fun" board. So I am thinking a reverse camber Blank 157 for just that.
So... Apologies for the essay-like nature of the post! But as I said, thought it best to be thorough. Any thoughts? Thank you in advance!
* We're from Ireland but seeing as most posters here are from America and most board size charts deal in imperical I've listed everything here in lbs, inches and US shoe sizes to make discussion a little easier.
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