Just got new boots size 10.5 and bought a 160 wide board. Is this ok or am I better with a regular 160-161 board instead if the wide?
Board is a k2 darkstar
Let me know! More advise the better. Thanks!
With a 10.5 boot, you do not necessarily need a wide board, although it depends on the actual specs of the board you're riding. I have a 10.5 boot, and I'm riding a 152 Stairmaster Extreme, not even the wide version. Granted I have a 250+mm waist width, so it allows me to do that, but depending on the board, you may be able to ride a normal sized deck without having to buy a wide deck.
Wide decks, especially ones in 160+ sizes, are generally reserved for size 11+ feet, or freaks of nature
wait what? 153mm? seriously? that's way too thin for 10.5. in that case go for wide.
No way the Darkstar 160 is 153 mm waist. I looked it up an the Darkstar 159 cm is 251mm at the waist. That's a little narrow in my opinion for 10.5, but I personally really tip my board on edge a lot. As you can see in this video I'm riding a SL 155 with a 251 mm waist with size 8 boots (26.0 cm long). I'm ok for the most part but at the very end (around 1:00) you can see snow kicking up because I've tilted my snowboard up so much the heelcup of my binding is dragging in the now.
Obviously, most people don't do what I do... so if you only do mellow turns you probably could get away with it, but ever once in a while you are going to feel like your board gets hooked on some "grabby" snow on a hard turn and you are going to fall on your face/butt. That's when you've encountered boot/binding drag. It kind of suck, but most people don't carve hard enough for it to happen.