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Old 03-13-2013, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face Mervin Boards for small feet (and riders)

I've been lurking on here for a while, but thought I'd finally jump in with a question!

I'm looking for a new board, and because I ride the East Coast exclusively, I'd like to go with Mervin (Gnu, Lib Tech, Roxy..) for their magnetraction.

The problem is that I'm a full-grown adult who is also *tiny*, weighing in at about 100lbs, women's shoe size 6 and standing 4"11. I'm an intermediate level rider who spends most of the time freeriding, but I want to try out the park soon (if the snow holds!). I like the camber in in my current setup so I'd like to go with a C2 BTX this time around....

My choices are either:

Lib Tech T. Ripper
in a 141/135 (I know, it's a "youth" board, but the tech looks pretty much the same as the T. Rice Pro that it's based on. Anyone know differently?) or
Roxy Ollie Pop 141 (is this "too much board"? I'm a bit worried about it being too wide for my boots)

Anyone have thoughts on this?

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Old 03-14-2013, 09:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My lady has the Ollie Pop in a 145. She is 5'6", 120 but has big feet... size 9. Very little toe drag. I think the Ollie pop, even in a 141 would be on the big side, but doable.
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A 141 should be fine for you. I know you are tiny, but I am weighing in a 125lbs and I ride a 148. My cousin is on a 144, weighs 115 with size 6 boot but she steals my board and rides it all the time. You'll do great with the Roxy, it's flexible enough.
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One thing you can do is use riser plates, which are usually associated with having too big of boot and having to deal with toe/heel drag. But elevating your boot/binding also changes the angle for edge leverage....so if you got a small foot/boot comparative to waist width of the board you can easily gain some advantage. The cons is added weight to your set up, the pros (or cons) is that your edge control will be tighter/more responsive....however if mastered you will have excellent edge control.

I made these 20mm risers years ago for my daughter, iirc when she was 9 or 10yrs old 90lbs, and maybe 4'10" riding an old stiffy FR Option Bella 148...a way huge board for her size but she learned to shred on that thing and became known to be one of the smooothest and fastest groms on the hill. Now she mostly skis 174 twin fattys with 122 underfoot cause she can go faster but she still ocassionally ride a 144, 148 or 155 now being 120 lbs and 5'3"


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I have an Ollie Pop, it's a nice fairly flexible board. I'm 5'4 and around 115lbs with 6.5 foot size and usually ride 145-149 size boards, but I'm used to riding longer boards. At your weight you should be fine with 141, toe or heel drag shouldn't be an issue either your foot is not that small.
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besides board length, the 2 main variables at your runt..ish size are...

waist width (or width at the bindings) for edge to edge response due to small boot size and

stiffness/flex....lighter weight = softer flex...loosier torsional flex will also be better ease of turns
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Also look at the Smokin Vixen another great board.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks all for the advice!

wrathfuldeity, that is a sick set-up for your daughter! Made me smile.

I am looking at the Smokin Vixen now too, and looks GREAT...except that it's really hard to find around here in Ontario (and the website says it comes in a 140, but doesn't list specs and no one seems to carry it :. )

Someone at a shop today also suggested the Roxy Ally 139, as it seems to fit well in terms of waist width, sidecut, and contact length, but this is BTX and not C2. I'm not sure if a pure rocker will be stable enough and be too squirelly, especially since this is more of a flexy board. Has anyone tried this one out?
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