Originally Posted by rideordiechick
Wow! With your stats, riding a 157... Impressive! I'm 5'5 and 140 lbs. I want a longer snowboard and thinking of getting size 153. I might get a men's board but there are some snowboards (ie. ultralight) that the smallest size is 158. How do you like riding much longer snowboards compared to smaller ones? Are you happy with the Farah 153? I heard it's a good snowboard.
Doesn't seem too common to have women ride such long snowboards. Props to you!
You're not the first one mentioning something alike, and you know what? That is making me insecure. It's a fine line between doing somethin in a different way
and doing something the wrong way
Anyway. All impressions of the boards I tested are somewhere scattered in this thread but I try to summarize what I didn't like with the smaller (<150) boards I've riden so far:
Burton Custom: bad float in pow and chatter at higher speeds. I guess these points are objective.
NS Raven, the smallest one 146. Too narrow for my flat hind angle, wasn't able to carve with it, edge didn't hold when it was pushed - very subjective, dependent on my riding style. I was pushing too much and couldn't reduce the force.
Salomon Idol app. 149: too light, I didn't feel
the board - also very subjective, could as well be an advantage for someone else.
What I like with stiffer/longer boards (leave out major detail of different shapes) e.g. Ride Highlife 155, Flagship 158, NS Raptor 164, Volkl Coal 168: edgehold! You can really push/lay into a carve. The 164 Raptor and 168 Coal were obviously too long and wide, just rode them for fun, significant slower edge to edge and heavy. Wouldn't want to navigate the Coal through moguls
I like the Farah 153 for being something in between. Not too soft, not too short. Not as stable as the Flagship but still chatter free at 48mph, pretty good float in the little pow I was able to ride with it with bindings set back into +1 hind inserts, very responsive and fast/effortless edge to edge, good edge hold while carving if I reduce the force of hind leg a bit. Fun in moguls and to surf spring slush. A very good all mountain board. Be aware that its discontinued next year. You get good offers for this years models. Got mine 30% off.