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Old 11-08-2012, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think I've narrowed it down the Rossignol Taipan. It was this board or the salomon ace, both of which I have found for ~$200. The taipan is a hybrid camber board and rates very well for groomers,carving,speed, and edge hold at (Thegoodride.com).
Im an internediate rider who only takes a trip or two a year.Unfortunately ive always rented and been given a size board...and I don't remember what size I have ridden the past few years.

QUESTION: i am 5'10" ,170 lbs and around 8.5-9 boot size. As far as weight goes I could ride a 158cm (120-175) or a 160cm (135-190+). Should I go with the 160cm in order to grow into it or the 158cm? I just prefer cruising and carving, not much into the park.
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Well, when you say you're going to "grow into it"...can I ask how old you are? At 5'10" 170, a 158 would be fine for you. If you're gonna grow another few inches a 160 would be a good bet too.

In reality though, you're not going to feel much difference between a 158 or a 160.
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Well, when you say you're going to "grow into it"...can I ask how old you are? At 5'10" 170, a 158 would be fine for you. If you're gonna grow another few inches a 160 would be a good bet too.

In reality though, you're not going to feel much difference between a 158 or a 160.
I'm about the same specs and have rode boards all the way down to 153 and as high as 159. IMO, I would go shorter if you just plan on cruising and groomers. It will allow you to maneuver the board easier. Longer boards are good for higher speed and stability.
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In reality though, you're not going to feel much difference between a 158 or a 160.
Exactly... 2 cm is less than an inch.

FWIW I'm 170 and I ride a 159, but I'll be buying a longer board next time. I'm a bomber though...
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I'm about the same specs and have rode boards all the way down to 153 and as high as 159. IMO, I would go shorter if you just plan on cruising and groomers. It will allow you to maneuver the board easier. Longer boards are good for higher speed and stability.
Yeah, now that I think about it I'd go with the 158 unless you're gonna bean stalk in the next couple years. I'm 5'11" and I'm going to be riding a 156 this year for mostly park, cruising and carving. Again, with you're height as it is RIGHT NOW and how you're riding, a 158 is a good choice IMO.

Regardless of what you buy, you're current ability will adapt to the board. Safe to say you'll have a good time on whatever you choose to buy, as long as its in that 156-160 range.
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Exactly... 2 cm is less than an inch.

FWIW I'm 170 and I ride a 159, but I'll be buying a longer board next time. I'm a bomber though...
See poutine match his weight to his board length soon...

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Well, when you say you're going to "grow into it"...can I ask how old you are? At 5'10" 170, a 158 would be fine for you. If you're gonna grow another few inches a 160 would be a good bet too.

In reality though, you're not going to feel much difference between a 158 or a 160.
Well no I mean weight wise. I used to weigh 185ish when I lifted weights a lot and hopefully will get back up to that size at some point. So I guess I was more curious about the weight guidelines. Cause I may want the shorter board, but like what was said before it is less than an inch. Difference may be unnoticeable to me
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Well no I mean weight wise. I used to weigh 185ish when I lifted weights a lot and hopefully will get back up to that size at some point. So I guess I was more curious about the weight guidelines. Cause I may want the shorter board, but like what was said before it is less than an inch. Difference may be unnoticeable to me
I realize we're talking about marginal differences here, but if you're an athletic 180 I'd be tempted to go longer. Only time you'll want a shorter board would be for spin tricks in the park, and possibly in tight tree situations.

A longer board should rail better and chatter less, all else being equal.
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