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Old 09-17-2012, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

This will be my second season this winter hoping to buy my first board.

Key Stats:
Age: 25
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs

I am looking to mostly ride groomers as I ride mainly on the east coast (Camelback, Mountain Creek, etc...) I don't plan on doing park this season but who knows, but I'm primarily looking for an all mountain/free ride board.

I rented a 2012 Burton TWC Standard 154cm. I've ridden about 8 times this past season (even with the crappy season last year) and got the basics down and truly enjoyed myself. Board was easy to learn on but going faster, the board wasn't so stable (I believe flex was a 2 or 3). I wanted to invest into a board that would be a step up from that board and allow me to progress.

I also was looking into boards that had magnetraction technology as it seems ice patches are somewhat a norm here. A few of my friends ride Lib Tech boards and recommend them highly. This isn't utterly important to have.

I've come across a few boards I had in mind. I noticed I should be riding at a larger size, thinking of somewhere at 157cm+. Also interested in a medium flex I guess around 5-6 and spending less than $500 on the board itself.

2012 Arbor Coda
2013 Arbor Blacklist
2013 Rossignol Templar Magetk
2013 LibTech Skate Banana BTX
2013 GNU Street Series BTX

Two questions:

- Will I notice a significance going from 154cm to 158cm+?
- My boot's a size 9, I noticed boards 157+ seem to be wide... will a wide board be unadvisable?
- Being more active, I've lost some weight (Down from 230). I plan to be around 200 hopefully by the season (late November). Should this influence my size purchase?

Any suggestions/feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi All,

This will be my second season this winter hoping to buy my first board.

Key Stats:
Age: 25
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs

I am looking to mostly ride groomers as I ride mainly on the east coast (Camelback, Mountain Creek, etc...) I don't plan on doing park this season but who knows, but I'm primarily looking for an all mountain/free ride board.

I rented a 2012 Burton TWC Standard 154cm. I've ridden about 8 times this past season (even with the crappy season last year) and got the basics down and truly enjoyed myself. Board was easy to learn on but going faster, the board wasn't so stable (I believe flex was a 2 or 3). I wanted to invest into a board that would be a step up from that board and allow me to progress.

I also was looking into boards that had magnetraction technology as it seems ice patches are somewhat a norm here. A few of my friends ride Lib Tech boards and recommend them highly. This isn't utterly important to have.

I've come across a few boards I had in mind. I noticed I should be riding at a larger size, thinking of somewhere at 157cm+. Also interested in a medium flex I guess around 5-6 and spending less than $500 on the board itself.

2012 Arbor Coda
2013 Arbor Blacklist
2013 Rossignol Templar Magetk
2013 LibTech Skate Banana BTX
2013 GNU Street Series BTX

Two questions:

- Will I notice a significance going from 154cm to 158cm+?
- My boot's a size 9, I noticed boards 157+ seem to be wide... will a wide board be unadvisable?
- Being more active, I've lost some weight (Down from 230). I plan to be around 200 hopefully by the season (late November). Should this influence my size purchase?

Any suggestions/feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
- Yes, you should notice quite a difference between a board in 154 and the same board in 158+. In your case the difference will be generally beneficial.
- You do not need (or want) a wide board - or even a mid-wide one.
- Not really. While rider weight is one of the key determinants in board selection and sizing, dropping from 210 to 200lbs is too small a change to make any real difference.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input hktrdr... appreciated.

Anyone have any input on the boards I've listed above? I feel now that the Libtech maybe a little more park oriented, so I maybe leaning away from that.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Update: I ended up picking up a pair of Nike Kaijus size 9. They are 27cm from heel to toe... would these still be ok on a regular width board (less than 25.5)?
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You will be fine, the 25.5 is measured at the waist not the binding inserts.
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You will be fine, the 25.5 is measured at the waist not the binding inserts.
Not to mention stance angles...
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the info and clearing that up.

I've decided on picking up the 2012 Arbor Coda. Now I need to decide if 159 or 157 will be best. Any suggestions? Leaning towards the 159 for all mountain use.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I was going to say out of your choices I'd go with the coda. My opinion carries no weight, it's just my opinion.

It's a super fun groomer board, and if you want to launch a jump, or even press a box, it'll do it.

At 200 lbs, 159. Plus you never know if you might gain those 10lbs back
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Cool thanks for the input jdang... at least the 159 is still available on sale at nearby Ski shops. As for gaining back those 10lbs, let's hope not
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