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CanAm89 07-29-2007 03:17 AM

A HUGE misconception I've been noticing.
 
For future reference-

Your height should have no bearing on what size board you choose. What matters are your weight and boot size.

The board does not know how tall you are, nor does it care. What matters is your weight, as the board size will decide how that weight is distributed which affects your snowboarding directly. Your height has nothing to do with this.

The general "chin level" rule is a load of crap.

Weight matters. Boot size matters. Height does not.

And for reference- for park snowboarding, go a bit short. Backcountry, go a bit long.

Boots around size 11-12 (depending on boot) should have a board with a waist width of about 255mm or more. That is where you begin to move into mid-wides and wide boards.

Kieran 07-29-2007 06:58 AM

waht about stance width, if u get a really short board u might end up with ur legs really close together

Flick Montana 07-29-2007 11:34 AM

That's not REALLY true. I have a Rome Anthem 158 and I am 6'3. People always tell me the board is way too short, but I don't buy into the height to length ratio. I don't even have my board set to the widest stance and I'm ok. Unless you're crazy tall and riding a kids board, I think you'll be ok. My board has enough of a customizable stance that I'm perfectly comfortable on it.

EDIT: Always remember that there are no rules for riding. If you want to ride pigeon-toed, do it. You may crash a lot and be REALLY sore, but you can ride however you want. No one call tell you your board is wrong or your stance is wrong. It's all personal preference. That's one of the things I LOVE about boarding. Do it your way.

CanAm89 07-29-2007 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flick Montana
That's not REALLY true. I have a Rome Anthem 158 and I am 6'3. People always tell me the board is way too short, but I don't buy into the height to length ratio. I don't even have my board set to the widest stance and I'm ok. Unless you're crazy tall and riding a kids board, I think you'll be ok. My board has enough of a customizable stance that I'm perfectly comfortable on it.

EDIT: Always remember that there are no rules for riding. If you want to ride pigeon-toed, do it. You may crash a lot and be REALLY sore, but you can ride however you want. No one call tell you your board is wrong or your stance is wrong. It's all personal preference. That's one of the things I LOVE about boarding. Do it your way.

The fact of the matter is that height has nothing to do with what you want to look for in board length. At all. Most boards of the same model but different sizes have the same stance range, so a 157 Rome Flag has the same stance range as the 168.

The board honestly does not know how tall you are, so that is a bogus "ballpark" estimate. Your weight, however, will make a difference. If you're 250 pounds and riding a 155 board, you're going to have stability issues. If you're 125 pounds and riding a 166, you're going to have response issues. The board distributes your weight, not your height.

The whole "you can snowboard how you want because it's your snowboarding experience" thing is true, but kinda misleading. I guarantee your snowboarding experience will be better if you listen to those that know what they're doing. They've experimented with all the variables and know how to generally estimate what would work well for you. You can also choose not to breathe because it's your body, but that is not advisable :P

Flick Montana 07-30-2007 09:42 PM

Hey, I never said it was a good idea to snowboard however you want :D

If you take some lessons, you can probably figure out what stance is best for you.

And hopefully the people renting your board to you will understand to check your weight, not your height when they grab your board. When I first started, I asked for a different board a couple times. They tried to give me a 140 something once. I'm 175 pounds and 6'3. It was like riding a tongue depressor down the hill.

EverBorN 07-31-2007 05:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CanAm89
For future reference-

Your height should have no bearing on what size board you choose. What matters are your weight and boot size.

The board does not know how tall you are, nor does it care. What matters is your weight, as the board size will decide how that weight is distributed which affects your snowboarding directly. Your height has nothing to do with this.

The general "chin level" rule is a load of crap.

Weight matters. Boot size matters. Height does not.

And for reference- for park snowboarding, go a bit short. Backcountry, go a bit long.

Boots around size 11-12 (depending on boot) should have a board with a waist width of about 255mm or more. That is where you begin to move into mid-wides and wide boards.

I have a size 11 boot and do not need a wide board, used a normal board many times and had no heel or toe drag. Also I don't totaly agree with what your saying. 1st off, a board with a person on it that is lets say 5'10 that is 210 pounds compared to a person that is 6'3 that is 210 pounds the board will lean much easyer for the person that is taller with the same weight. The board is gunna completly act different depending on height and weight. I would for sure consider both height and weight when buying a board. Your on a thin piece of wood about 24cm-25cm.... put a 210 pound pole on it that is 5 feet tall, push it over, then put a 210 pound pole on it that is 6 feet tall and push it over which will be easyer to push?

Kieran 07-31-2007 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flick Montana
That's not REALLY true. I have a Rome Anthem 158 and I am 6'3.


u think u cud take a picture of you on your board???

im also 6'3 and looking at a certain 158 board. :]

Flick Montana 07-31-2007 09:42 PM

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/gen...our-board.html

That's a picture of my board.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/fas...hen-you-2.html

I'm not on the board here, but that's me with my gear on the second page.

You can tell by the picture that it doesn't come up to my chin. And I'm ok with that.

Kieran 08-01-2007 08:06 AM

thanks for that man :]

seems like the size i wanted my board more or less. Handling on the shorter board is better right?

Flick Montana 08-01-2007 03:30 PM

I have an easier time on it because I am on Midwest snow. I don't have the deep powder like you find out west or overseas. I'd definitely recommend a longer board for those kinds of conditions. I'm looking at a 161 for when I move to Washington state.


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