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Old 03-27-2013, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Advice on park boards?

So I'm relatively new to snowboarding (done it for 7 days now) but I'm already getting into jumps and boxes, and hopefully soon rails. Unfortunately I have a 162 cm burton indie. Not only is it too long ( i need a 156 for my height and weight) but it is heavy and stiff. I want a park board. I have a really tight budget, and so i was eyeing this 155cm 09 k2 jibpan w/ forum platform 2.2 bindings for $175. He says its in good condition without too many scratches. my question is would it be smart to buy a 4 year old board if i go and see it and it is in good condition? or should i try and find a newer board?
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You aren't "relatively" new, you are new. I wouldn't go rushing into the park.. seven days of riding isn't much at all. I would really focus on working on your mechanics, especially riding switch efficiently first.

That being said, as long as it's actually in good condition, I don't see why not. No point in spending big money on a park deck, seeing as how it's inevitably going to get wrecked anyway. If you want newer, just wait until the season ends and all of last years models go way down in price.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree you should work on your mechanics first. I see so many people in the park that can't even carve.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How big are you? Is a 156 recommended for an all-mountain board or a park board? I agree with the other guys that you should solidify your riding before you go full-time into park. But I think it's fine to pick out a cheap park board now that you can mess around with and get used to riding park a bit more.

There's a board for sale on this forum that I'd recommend checking out. The seller only has 3 posts, but if you can pay for it securely it'd definitely be worth it. It's a 153 though which is also partially why I'm interested in your size. Excellent park board though. Here's the link

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...ker-153-a.html
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How big are you? Is a 156 recommended for an all-mountain board or a park board? I agree with the other guys that you should solidify your riding before you go full-time into park. But I think it's fine to pick out a cheap park board now that you can mess around with and get used to riding park a bit more.

There's a board for sale on this forum that I'd recommend checking out. The seller only has 3 posts, but if you can pay for it securely it'd definitely be worth it. It's a 153 though which is also partially why I'm interested in your size. Excellent park board though. Here's the link

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...ker-153-a.html
The calculator im using says a 152 for a freestyle board, 155 for a freestyle/freeride, and a 157 for pure freeride. So ya, that would be about the right size. Thanks for the link.
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How much do you weigh?
Calculators are generally full of shit.

Riding the 56 Jibpan as a park stick you wanna be upwards of 170lbs. Probably closer to 190lbs.

While the Jibpan is one of the greatest snowboards ever built, be aware, it is not a "jib" stick and is not soft. It's fairly stiff. It was K2's highest end most aggressive twin at the time.
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How much do you weigh?
Calculators are generally full of shit.

Riding the 56 Jibpan as a park stick you wanna be upwards of 170lbs. Probably closer to 190lbs.

While the Jibpan is one of the greatest snowboards ever built, be aware, it is not a "jib" stick and is not soft. It's fairly stiff. It was K2's highest end most aggressive twin at the time.
Wow, didnt know that...I'm 160 lbs, 5'9". I was definitely looking for something soft and flexy. I just assumed it was a jibstick because of the name...guess I'll look elsewhere. Thanks for the heads up though.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What about this one? $100 for a park oriented board in your size, including bindings
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...cker-lots.html

Damn i would snap that up if i were in the states. And i already have a park board. Dont know the guy but seems like a genuine sale
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Wow, didnt know that...I'm 160 lbs, 5'9". I was definitely looking for something soft and flexy. I just assumed it was a jibstick because of the name...guess I'll look elsewhere. Thanks for the heads up though.
I'm same as you 5'9 160 lbs. I ride mainly park and messing around on groomers practicing my butters, stuff like that. I ride a K2 Parkstar 152. Love the size and the flex. It's not a noodly board only meant for jibbing but it's still nice and flexy
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Another K2 parkstar rider here. I ride a 152 and i am 5'7"/155lbs.

Cant really compare it to many others since i have only ever ridden cheap boards till this, but i like that it can still be used all-mountain despite being good in the park.
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