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dkinny23 12-28-2012 08:35 PM

Sizing help for Burton feel good
I currently have a Burton Feather 139. I am looking for something more advanced and know that I want the burton feelgood. I am 5'1'', 90lbs, shoe size 7, a female, and 20 years old. I found someone with a Burton feelgood Smalls 141, but somehow it was shorter than my 139 that i currently have. I was a little confused and called burton to ask and they said that the measurement was taken from a different starting point and that it would be a perfect board regardless of it being short (and when i say short, i mean slightly lower than my shoulders).

I don't do park at all (i know the feelgood is more of a park board) but I am getting it anyways. I ride mostly groomed trails at resorts. I was just wondering if anyone happened to know or have an opinion as to whether I should get the feelgood 141 even though it's pretty short, or if i should go for the adult version and get the 144. I've read in a bunch of places that a shorter board is more for park and turning quicker and a longer board is more for freeride and cruising and going fast but is harder to turn. i have slight knee problems and so i want something i will be able to control relatively pain free, that's why i was thinking the shorter board would be better.

Does anyone have any suggestions? While I am spending all this money, I want what I buy to be perfect so that I never have to buy another board again! Thanks in advance for the help!

Lamps 12-29-2012 02:20 AM

I would avoid the kids board, it has some tech missing to keep the price down, eg extruded instead of sintered base.

Consider if you want camber or Flying V.

Oldman 12-29-2012 08:49 AM

+1 Don't get the kids board. As you ride mostly groomers, get the 144.

+1 Consider if you want Camber or Flying V. When looking at the Feelgood you have to be aware that the ADULT board is offered in both versions. You need to the get one that is right for you.

If you want an easy, breezy, catch free ride, then the Flying V is the way to go. It has a playful, loose ride and is great fun on softer snow. ( not much edge hold on hard pack ) My daughter is about your age and rides a 2012 Feelgood Flying V and loves it when the conditions are soft. She is not so enamoured with it when things get hard, frozen and icy. Way too much drift and slip.

You mention that you have knee issues and the Camber version is a lot more likely to hook an edge and put you down and your knees won't likely take too kindly to hard falls.

Do a lot of reading on the boards here as there is some great advice to be gleaned if you take the time.

Wiredsport 12-29-2012 08:55 AM

Hi dkinney,


I found someone with a Burton feelgood Smalls 141, but somehow it was shorter than my 139 that i currently have.

This is common. Measure three different 153's and they are likely to all be different lengths. We find that the specs (all of them) that manufacturers put on their sites and in their literature are often way off. Listed lengths are the worst and in some cases are off by as much as 3 cm (up or down from the listed length). That can get pretty significant when two boards that are supposed to be the same size are different from each other by 5 or 6 cm :)

Could I get you to measure your foot using this method:

Kick your heel (barefoot please, no socks) back against a wall. Mark the floor exactly at the tip of your toe (the one that sticks out furthest - which toe this is will vary by rider). Measure from the mark on the floor to the wall. That is your foot length and is the only measurement that you will want to use. Measure in centimeters if possible, but if not, take inches and multiply by 2.54 (example: an 11.25 inch foot x 2.54 = 28.57 centimeters).

Triple8Sol 12-29-2012 10:48 AM

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The ladies (not smalls) Feelgood 141 Flying V should be a good board for you. Someone else suggested 144 and that is way too long for your height/weight. It's gonne feel very heavy on your foot while riding up the lift, and will not be fun to turn on. Something in a 141-142 size is perfect for you.

dkinny23 12-29-2012 11:57 AM

thanks everyone for the help. after reading what you guys were saying, i would have preferred the 141 or so, but with my situation (I was sold a 149 and bought it because i had no idea that would be too big until i brought it home) the store finally got more inventory and is giving me an even exchange for the only feelgood they got which was a 144. I think it will be a nice sturdy board. I can't wait to ride now!! Seriously, thanks for all the help though. It was nice getting some feedback!

Wiredsport 12-29-2012 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by dkinny23 (Post 558577)
the store finally got more inventory and is giving me an even exchange for the only feelgood they got which was a 144.

Hi again,

Burton suggests the 144 for a minimum rider weight of 100 lbs (even the 140 has a minimum of 90 lbs). You are technically at the extremes of the limits of the 140 and are better centerred in terms of flex and width in the 135 youth board. 144 is not Burton's suggested fit.

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