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Old 10-02-2012, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need advice. Buying soon.
5'11 shoe size 11.5 US boots might be 12 wt 190
Ealry intermediate level. Mostly groomers and occasional back country. Never parks

Going for Sl or legacy
Which one for my size/ shoe size?
Thing 159 if legacy. 158 or 161 for Sl?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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depends on if you can snag some good boots in those sizes with a reduced footprint. Boots with a reduced footprint should fit on a SL. For your weight, I think the 158 would be fine.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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depends on if you can snag some good boots in those sizes with a reduced footprint. Boots with a reduced footprint should fit on a SL. For your weight, I think the 158 would be fine.
I think an 11.5 most brand boots would be OK on the SL, the waist on the Legacy is like 265 or something like that which is quite a bit bigger than you need with a size 11.5. The waist on SL is 253 or 255 depending if you go 158 or 161 and that should be plenty wide for most size 11.5s, I wear size 11 and have not had issues with drag on boards down to like 249mm waist.

Ditto the 158 seems like a good versatile length for OP's size.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It seems to me I am right in between the 158 and 161. I like your suggestions about sl over legacy. I am relatively new, what are the down size of the 161? Harder to initiate turns?
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It seems to me I am right in between the 158 and 161. I like your suggestions about sl over legacy. I am relatively new, what are the down size of the 161? Harder to initiate turns?
as a rule of thumb yeah it's going to be a little slower initiating turns, faster overall so harder to control for a beginner/intermediate usually, more swing weight, a little harder to spin, etc., but it will be faster, maybe a little better float in deep snow, etc., so there's a trade-off. You could be safe on either size although depending on what board/size you're coming from, the 61 might take a few days to adjust to riding the longer board. If you're not riding much park or dont' plan to ride much park, the 61 might be a better fit in the long-run, otherwise the 58 is going to be plenty versatile IMO.
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I would still stick with the 158 if I were you. If you're an early/intermediate rider, you may still get in the parks. A lot of people go into boarding with the idea they're going to stick with only one type of riding, then 2 years later they're doing the exact opposite. You say you'll never hit the park, but in a couple of years of riding you may figure out you actually enjoy it.

The 158 will allow you to still hit all types of riding while you're learning and figuring out what you like. In a couple years, when you've figured out exactly what you want to do, you can pick up a more specialized board that is better at what you like anyway.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I own a never summer legacy 159
Am 6'2, 82kg (180lbs) and ride with a +15/-15 duck stance, size 11-11.5 boot

Found that it was a touch wide and struggled to get responsive manoeuvrability

Although this was my first board, i rode my brothers Arbor Blacklist and found it much more responsive.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I went with the 158 sl. Hope it's perfect. Now I am scrolling through the stomp pad debates... Uggg
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