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Old 03-15-2013, 04:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hello everyone.
i am currently looking for a powder board (on a budget) and based on what i read i think i have restricted my choice to these two boards.

i will be using it on the italian alps, so not a lot of powder and usually quite wet and heavy.

i am 6"2 and 185lbs, and i currenlty own a twin tip volkl vice sqd 159.
should i get the salomon, i think i would buy the 163, but what about the charlie?
should i go with the 164 as well? if this is the case i think i can get a good deal on this year's model. otherwise i can maybe think of next year's 161?

i have seen a 2012 powder snake online @ 240 : is it very different from this year's model? this might be a killer deal i think.

lastly: up until now i have always ridden a twin stance (12/-12) but with this deck i would like to try a more directional one.
i am a bit scared of going fully directional though: might be something like 21/-6 a good starting point?
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Both are great boards so you can't really go wrong.

As for stance, I would start with +18/-9. That way you don't have too much of a weird feeling and see how you like it. I found that for powder and freeriding the angle don't have to be crazy directional. Have fun trying!
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hi basti
thanks for the kind reply.

in your opinion, what size would suit me the best?
i am 85 kg. for example the snake 160 is suggested up to 90 kg, but i am trying to find the right balance between float and manoeuvrability...
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at 6 foot 2 you should be able to throw a 160 around like its nothing
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hi ETM, thanks!
yes, i think so. in fact, i currently ride a 159.
my doubt is if i'd better go with the 163 (or charlie 164), instead.
would it be difficult to turn in the trees?
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Ride your stance where you want it not where you think you should because of the type of board. I ride all decks 18 negative 15 regardless of shape, camber, or style.

I've ridden the 63 Powder Snake before it's fun, nimble, and crushes pow. You're bigger than I am so I wouldn't think it would be an issue.
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hi ETM, thanks!
yes, i think so. in fact, i currently ride a 159.
my doubt is if i'd better go with the 163 (or charlie 164), instead.
would it be difficult to turn in the trees?
Im 6 foot 3 and ride full throttle through trees on a 180 so if you ask me a 164 is still nothing lol. Easily managable in trees
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Ride your stance where you want it not where you think you should because of the type of board. I ride all decks 18 negative 15 regardless of shape, camber, or style.

I've ridden the 63 Powder Snake before it's fun, nimble, and crushes pow. You're bigger than I am so I wouldn't think it would be an issue.
thanks!
your review is one of the main reasons i am considering this board.
i guess i will go bigger, than. after all, this will be primarily a powder board for me, so probably there is no point in downsizing.

as for the stance, it is actually my coach who suggested a more positive stance for pow riding.
but i have never actually tried. also, consider this is just my seconde seasons of snowboarding.
i can go basically anywhere with good confidence, but i still struggle when there is more than 1" of fresh powder. even if it is sooo addictive!
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your "coach" sounds a bit suss if hes saying that.
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Ride your stance where you want it not where you think you should because of the type of board. I ride all decks 18 negative 15 regardless of shape, camber, or style.

I've ridden the 63 Powder Snake before it's fun, nimble, and crushes pow. You're bigger than I am so I wouldn't think it would be an issue.
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your "coach" sounds a bit suss if hes saying that.
i don't know.
he's a certified trainer with 15 years of experience. and he can of course rip it with any stance and any board (hardboots included).
in any case, i will give it a try: i always thought with a slightly directional stance would be a bit easier to steer the board with the back foot, and should make pointing straight downhill a bit easier.

out of curiosity: what is your stance? i have watched with admiration and envy many of the vids you recently posted, but i could not tell.
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