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Old 01-07-2013, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys - I picked up a 2nd hand board last year for my first time snowboarding. In total I've had about 10 days now and am able to get down blues OK and getting better. Not sure if an intermediate or not but probably closer to that than a beginner...Now I do like playing a bit on the slopes and amn't just about speed and like the idea of getting a bit better at ollies etc...

What I have today is a 152cm board which I think is too small. The guy sold it to me last year as a complete beginner and said a small board would be easier to use which makes sense.

My info is:
-Male
-5'6
-190 lbs
-size 9 shoe (US)

When I plug this into calculators I get something like 154cm for all mountain or 156-158 for freeride.

I've 3 questions:
1) At my size is this current board way too small?
2) If yes, what difference will this make at my level?
3) What size board (I know it depends on the make but as a rough guide) would you suggest for me?

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well
Different boards ride differently and different people have different preferences, I am about 160lbs and 5'11 and ride a 150 for jibs (rails and stuff) and a 153 for jump and general riding.
Try and rent a board around 153 and see if you prefer it because weight wise you could definitely get on a bigger board but your height you'd be fine on the 149.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sure someone far more knowledgeable then me will come behind to answer but i'm 5'4" 185 and I ride a full cambered 156. For your weight I think you would definitely want a bigger board. My next will probably be a 158
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Soul: if you're going for a rocker type board next you might be able to stick with 156 (or go smaller) look for quite a stiff rocker/banana/flying V etc...
The forum destroyer may be a good choice.
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all depends on your riding style and what you want out of your board.

im 5'9 and 165lbs... i ride a 151 and 152 for park and what not.. and i have a 154.5 that i ride for all mountain riding..
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Sorry just checked and is actually 152cm...
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Sorry just checked and is actually 152cm...
If it works for you ride ti while you've got it but when you buy your next board go with something a little bigger.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i am 5'7" and 185, I ride a 153 hybrid rocker from Lib. I probably could have (and still might) size up to a 156 or 157. But, imo i have been tearing shit up on that size. I dont ride in the park at all, but i have also only had a chance to do east coast groomers. I havent taken it in any deep powder to be able to comment on that. Im a short guy with a big belly and the 153 has treated me just fine.
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I'm 175 and ride a 158

At 190, for general riding a 158 would work if it wasn't too soft in the flex department.

It depends on what kinda board as well.
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I'm 175 and ride a 158

At 190, for general riding a 158 would work if it wasn't too soft in the flex department.

It depends on what kinda board as well.
Kinda gotta disagree because height and dimensions also plat a large part, a shorter person will generally have shorter and less strong legs meaning they'd require a narrower stance, if the stance is too narrow for the board then it won't be the best thing for them as they won't have full control and won't be able to reap the benefits that the larger board would bring.
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