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Shorter/Stiff or Longer/Soft

If there only was a 3cm difference between both boards, what would be more appropriate for a Beginner-Intermediate boarder(I can already link turns and am starting to do steeper blue runs)? I'm normally a 147 rider and that is the length of the Burton Custom X board but from what I can read it is a much stiffer ride for turning. The longer/soft flex one is a GNU Carbon and it is 150cm long and from what I can read it is much softer and forgiving(but 3cm longer).

147cm stiffer Burton Custom X(I think this was rated 7/10 for stiffness)
150cm softer GNU Carbon(btw this is before Magnetraction was put on them)

Lightly used/older boards but I'm getting such a great deal from a friend that I can't pass it up(we're talking 40 bucks each, with a set of Lib bindings he'll stick on either one I buy free of charge). His quiver is overflowing and is dropping me a deal.
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For $40 each I'd buy both.
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Is this even a serious quesion at $40 each. The answer is yes, buy them both.
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He's only letting me buy one because he's gonna sell the one I don't pick to another friend In a heart beat I would have bought both so I have a softer/stiffer board for different occasions. But I've known him longer so I get first dibs between the 2(he wants us both to join him on trips so that's why I can only have one). I know people say shorter boards are easier to turn but of course the shorter one is stiffer. And that longer boards are a bit harder to turn but this one is much softer than the shorter one. I don't know which one would be more appropriate for not only doing my long curvy S turns but really tight ones as well on the steeper slopes. I need a responsive board that will turn in a snap. The rentals I've been getting were 145 Burton Cruzer and when I checked online...they were Youth versions(embarrassing). 130 lbs boot size 9 here.

Which one of the 2 is better for that?

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I ride smaller stiffer boards. They're more stable and handle more aggressive riding.
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Softer one for sure. Gnu all the way if it is in good condition.
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I would get the GNU as well.
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Re: Shorter/Stiff or Longer/Soft

custom x is a great board, it's directional though while the carbon is a twin, if your still learning, a directional will make things easier. It's really up to you though, as you'll be the one riding it. Regardless of your choice you'll be getting a sweet board...
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I thought the shortest Burton Custom X was 152. I never knew they had 147.
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Custom X is not a beginner's board. Go with the Gnu.
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