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KansasNoob 02-28-2013 11:19 AM

Which board to go after?
First up, I'm about 6 feet tall, and weigh between 140-150 pounds. I've ridden 6 days, soon to be 9, and I'm comfortable on blues. I'll be at a few shops soon, so I'll try on some different boots and see what fits right, I'm leaning to 32 Lashed in size 11, and I'll probably put them in Burton Mission bindings.

But right now I'm trying to figure out the board, and what will suit my riding. I'm not interested in park really, but I do *attempt* (and sometimes land :yahoo: ) natural feature jumps. Most of the time I'm on blue groomers, faces, and some moguled runs. I'm planning on doing some powder riding too. The last time I rode, I was on a 159 board. Is that a good size for me? It seemed to work fine. I'm tall, but also very light.

The all mountain boards that I've been looking at are:
Rome Tour (I've heard it may be too soft)
Never Summer SL
Burton Custom
Rossingol Taipan

I realize there are some pretty big price differences on the list. If there's a board (or binding or boot for that matter) that I didn't list, feel free to post it.

Thanks guys!

wrathfuldeity 02-28-2013 11:27 AM

whatever this guy is riding

KansasNoob 02-28-2013 01:57 PM

I looked at the Ride Machete, it seems to be good as well...

I have no idea which one to get.

wrathfuldeity 02-28-2013 02:07 PM

i'd recommend a gnu rider's choice with pickle in a 154/55....its a great all around board if you don't know....since ur new at this and really haven't developed a sense of your type of riding

btw I grew up in Nebraska

KansasNoob 02-28-2013 10:09 PM

So that Gnu won't be too floppy?

And Wrath, where did you go when you lived in Nebraska?

jdang307 02-28-2013 11:06 PM

It's not the best board out there, but it's the one I've been on. The NS SL is a great beginner board IMO. Very damp, smooth and confidence building. The rocker wasn't too crazy (it was my first time on non-camber). It's a good board.

there are others out there.

159 is way big IMO. At your weight 150-154 sounds good.

Another board I recommend wholeheartedly is an Arbor Coda 153. Absolutely a blast to ride.

KansasNoob 03-01-2013 01:03 PM

Ok I was wondering how I'd do with a shorter board. I think I'll rent a shorter one and see how I like it.

jdang307 03-01-2013 01:55 PM


Originally Posted by KansasNoob (Post 790785)
Ok I was wondering how I'd do with a shorter board. I think I'll rent a shorter one and see how I like it.

Yeah it's all preference. You can go longer as well if you don't plan on hitting the park. But freestyle features on the slopes should be a little easier.

The other day I rode a 154 joystick and a 145 rome shank. Definite difference lol.

KansasNoob 03-01-2013 02:14 PM

Alright thanks for all the tips. I guess the nice thing about renting is a can experiment a little with some different lengths and boards.

KansasNoob 03-09-2013 03:03 AM

A little update: I saw 32 TM-Two's on sale for a good price online, so I jumped on a pair of 10.5 in white. Just got them today, and I can't believe the fit. It's amazing how great they feel. I heated up and molded them and that made the fit even better. I can already tell a major difference from what I've had before. As a bonus, they look awesome.

As far as the board, I'm leaning towards the Never Summer SL now. Just not sure whether I should try to get a good deal on the 2013 model, or try to get the 2014, which looks great. I really like the white top sheet, just not sure if I want to spend a lot when it comes out. Are there going to be any differences other than aesthetic changes?

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