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Old 02-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I always struggle when it comes to boards because of waist width.
Now I'm looking for a board that can handle pow but on the same run can cut through to a jump line. I weigh 56kg and have a size 7 boot.

Things I'm keeping in mind while looking....
A mid flexing board tends to be on the stiffer side to me
I don't generally enjoy a large effective edge....but i'm usually on ice

Having said this, some of the never summer boards have a small waist width for their size (while having quite a large effective edge). Usually ride a 148-50

I'm looking at...
- Arbor Coda 153...despite a 25cm waist
- NS Cobra 153....Pro: small waist width Con: large effective edge
- NS SL 151 &153....Pro: small waist width Con: large effective edge
- NS Proto CT 152....Pro: small waist width Con: large effective edge
- NS EVO 152....Pro: small waist width Con: large effective edge
- GNU Riders choice 151.5....not sure about the pickle
- LIB Tech Jamie Lynn Pheonix...maybe too agressive?
- LIB Tech TRS 151N...is this enough board for pow?


I have never ridden a lot of powder so not sure if my effective edge anxiety will be warranted in pow???

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I'd personally go with the Proto. I own an Evo, but it doesn't have as much as pop as the Proto. And, the Proto is a bit more stable and slays powder.
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151 SL. Better in pow than a proto and still jumps well
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You looked at this? Salomon Snowboards & Bonfire Snowboarding Powder Snake-147 - salomon-gear
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Wait till next year and get the flow Darwin. OR just buy the burton fish, then watch a video called "Mu and his fish"....
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That DOES look like a fun ride.
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i thought more peoples would say Cobra
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151 SL. Better in pow than a proto and still jumps well
Just got home from Mt Hood. Over a foot of new snow in last 24 hours so finally got to ride my Proto in powder. In all honesty I could not be happier. Nose never dove on me. Had it centered at +15/-15, 23" wide stance and just effortless riding. I'm so impressed with this board. Went back and forth between this and SL and glad I went Proto. I'm 5'9" @ 200 pounds and ride a 160. Just sold my 157 to get the 160 and definitely noticed a difference in stability. 157 chattered through choppy conditions. And at speed felt a bit sketchy. 160 today felt nothing but inspiring. Might have lost a bit in park but now I feel i can take this all over the mountain. If I still had my Premier it would have stayed in the car today....
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Just got home from Mt Hood. Over a foot of new snow in last 24 hours so finally got to ride my Proto in powder. In all honesty I could not be happier. Nose never dove on me. Had it centered at +15/-15, 23" wide stance and just effortless riding. I'm so impressed with this board. Went back and forth between this and SL and glad I went Proto. I'm 5'9" @ 200 pounds and ride a 160. Just sold my 157 to get the 160 and definitely noticed a difference in stability. 157 chattered through choppy conditions. And at speed felt a bit sketchy. 160 today felt nothing but inspiring. Might have lost a bit in park but now I feel i can take this all over the mountain. If I still had my Premier it would have stayed in the car today....
I have a 158 SL and rode a 157 proto HD last weekend in 5-10". Going to take the proto HD out again today in 10-20". The proto is more fun overall, but without a doubt the SL floats better even with the shorter effective edge in those sizes. Both are great boards though.
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Ok. Seems the Proto and the SL are hard to split. Should i be concerned about the large effective edge being catchy?
Another thing that could make my decision easier is the fact that the SL comes in 151. I'm guessing the standard response to this comment will be that the 53 is better in pow and the 51 will do more things for me, question is how well will the 51 go in pow?

Avenger, I'm seriously intrigued by this powder snake thing. The 53's specs look pretty damn good to me. Have you ridden it? I can only assume it'll float well, how about groomers?
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