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Suggestion for beginner female snowboard

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I'm 5'6'' 122lbs. and I'm looking for a beginner snowboard just for cruising down a mountain. Do you have any suggestions? I'm thinking of Burton snowboards. Thank you for your help.

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If you are buying a new snowboard, they all have a sticker on the back with the weight specifications. This will tell you which size to get. You can find the weight specs for most older boards if you google. The size of your snowboard depends on your weight and the model of snowboard.

The Burton Feather would be a good choice because it would be more progressive but with a soft flex. A lot of people hate on Burton. I have been happy with my Burton stuff. I never rode any of their boards other than demos. I have 2 Roxy Snowboards, that is a good company to look into.


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Hi,

What region/conditions will you be riding most? That might help narrow it down also.

And, welcome!
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Hi,

What region/conditions will you be riding most? That might help narrow it down also.

And, welcome!
Thanks!

Snowshoe, WV, all-mountain, probably not going to the park for a long while. We might do some trips to Utah or Colorado in the next year or two. Any thoughts on Lipstick and Social?
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Hello. I too am fairly new at snowboarding. I am 5' 2" and 105 lbs. I found that I needed a light weight and forgiving board for learning. I tried two camber boards last year.... An M3 and a Flow Venus... The M3 was just not for me no pop and very hard to control, the Flow Venus was definitely better but still just didn't seem as responsive to me... Now that may be the fact that I'm still in the learning stages as well. This year I bought a NS Infinity and I absolutely love it first day out I was linking turns better than I ever have before. I have only been out three times so far this year but every time my riding is improving and with their rocker camber technology it makes for better edge control in my opinion. Some people prefer rocker some camber for learning by I sure benefited from the combined rocker camber. I know their boards are little pricey but they are worth the money in my opinion. I live in northern Wisconsin and rely on mostly man made snow and groomer trails. I'm not a park girl but the Infinity has pop like a park board. I went with a 142 cm just because of my weight and short height. To me light and short makes for easier turns and control. This is just my opinion from one newbie to another all I can say is at 33 years old I love to play like a kid on my board and will never give it up took me 3 years of board trying and buying but I found my love for sure. Burton to makes a good board heck they all do the most important thing in my opinion is to go light and short and if you can try to demo a camber board, rocker board, and then a combo rocker camber board to see the difference. Maybe a veteran rider has a different opinion or idea but just keep in mind their are a lot of facts to consider and if you plan on sticking it out thru the learning and continuing on you might want a board that will grow with you. Some boards say intermediate level but they cater to the beginner and also allow you to grow without having to upgrade to a new board. Hope this helps some! -Loving my board that makes me feel like a kid again lol!
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Snowshoe, WV, all-mountain, probably not going to the park for a long while. We might do some trips to Utah or Colorado in the next year or two. Any thoughts on Lipstick and Social?
I don't have personal experience with those boards and have never owned a Burton, but the Social seems to be more of a park board? RockyMTNsteeze's suggestion of the Feather seems like a good one from the Burton line.

boarderaholic did a brief review of the Lipstick not all that long ago http://www.snowboardingforum.com/sno...k-blender.html

I'm around your stats (5'8" 120lbs, athletic build) and I prefer the size range of 146-148. (I had a 151 stiff cambered board prior to a 146.) What's your boot size? If it's rather small or large for your weight - like size 4 or size 10, that will factor in to board length (waist width) as well.

Do you have a set budget in mind?
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I don't have personal experience with those boards and have never owned a Burton, but the Social seems to be more of a park board? RockyMTNsteeze's suggestion of the Feather seems like a good one from the Burton line.

boarderaholic did a brief review of the Lipstick not all that long ago http://www.snowboardingforum.com/sno...k-blender.html

I'm around your stats (5'8" 120lbs, athletic build) and I prefer the size range of 146-148. (I had a 151 stiff cambered board prior to a 146.) What's your boot size? If it's rather small or large for your weight - like size 4 or size 10, that will factor in to board length (waist width) as well.

Do you have a set budget in mind?
My boot size is 8. My budget is under $500 for the board itself. I was looking at a 145 but my cousin was telling me to go for a 141 which the weight limit says 120lbs. He says it's easier to snowboard on a shorter board?
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Hi. I started last year and although Burton is a GREAT company (my boots are from them), I would say start on a cheaper/used board just to make sure you like it. Plus, with Burton, you have to use only Burton bindings with them or get an adapter type thing to screw other bindings in. I started out on my boyfriend's sister's board that she bought at a yard sale and never used (I think it's called a Whisper?) and then after a couple times I bought an Oxygen Galaxy (not a GREAT brand but not bad for starting out) for $50 w/ boots and bindings on craigslist. I gave the boots away cuz they didn't fit and kept the bindings for a lil, but eventually bought Burton boots and K2 bindings but I am still using the whole set up and I love it. I wanted to get one that I could ding up or trash/sell if need be if I didn't end up liking snowboarding... BUT I love snowboarding now and I will be buying a new board soon but I would say start on a used board and don't spend too much cuz like I said if you don't like it, then you blew a lot of money. Snowboarding is expensive. Good luck!
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Also, size is preference but my board is 149 cm and it goes up to my chin
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Sorry 1 more post haha size and width are both preference. my boyfriend likes longer/wider boards, i like shorter/wider boards. I am 5'5 and I weigh 190... I know I'm overweight lol but I'm a hell of a snowboarder and I have a lot of muscle I'm also a size 8. I find it easier on a shorter board because I have more control (or so I think in my head). My boyfriend prefers longer for speed I think.
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