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Old 08-30-2007, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I'm new to snowboarding and am really interested in making it a on going sport in my life. I have gone a few times and have decided to get a board of my own. I was told to go for either a freeride or an all mountain board as a beginner. and I already know my sizes. Iím 5'10 - 5'11 which means i need a 160-165 board right? Whatís a good start? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the weight limit of the board depends on your actual body weight. so if your 5'10 160-165 you might want a size 157 board for all mountain. dont forget about width, you dont want your toes digging into snow on your turns. research some brands read about diff. aspects on the board, see what you are looking to do and try to narrow your selection.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Read this link. Decent starting point to figure out "what you need" and I say that vaguely

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Old 08-31-2007, 10:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey I'm new to snowboarding and am really interested in making it a on going sport in my life. I have gone a few times and have decided to get a board of my own. I was told to go for either a freeride or an all mountain board as a beginner. and I already know my sizes. Iím 5'10 - 5'11 which means i need a 160-165 board right? Whatís a good start? Thanks in advance.
What's your weight and boot size? Height means squat when you buy a board.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I thought height was a factor? My boot size would be about a 12 and my weight is 165. Does it matter what type of board I start out with? Be it freeride, all mountain, or free style?
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Height means squat when you buy a board.
I've heard this so many times and every time I just laugh. But, I'm not going to get into it... if you really want some good info on board recommendations I suggest you go to a manufactures website and call or email them and talk to someone that can actually can give you some good starting points based on info that you provide them with
ie. riding style, height, weight, boot size, etc
or if you live somewhere close to a manufacturer just stop in and talk to someone.. you'll find that they tend to be more than willing to help

as for me i've been riding for about 20 years and for me it all comes down to personal preference
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok, I'm gonna cave a bit and say that it matters to a certain extent. If you're buying a board, and you weigh 130 but you're 6'5", then yeah, you might want to buy a slightly longer board to accomodate the long legs. But apart from that, I dunno, the height thing never really worked for me. But eh, it's different strokes for different folks.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think the heaight gives a "general" starting point to work with. Is it the most important thing? Not at all. Can it lead you to choosing the right board? Yes, it can help you narrow down the search a bit
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If you're buying a board, and you weigh 130 but you're 6'5", then yeah, you might want to buy a slightly longer board to accomodate the long legs.
exactly, although that's taking it to the extreme but illustrates the point... that's why it drives me nutty when i hear that height makes no difference but, remember i am in no way saying that height is the be all end all of board selection

i'm 5'-9", 160lbs and i have boards ranging from 137 to 163.... and just so you know the 137 is 30cm at the nose and tail... such a fun jib board.. lol
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yes... but you can get, say, a 157 that has a stiff, medium or soft flex depending on the model or the company that is making it. that's why when first starting snowboarding one should not neglect height (along with weight, foot size, riding style, etc) in helping them get their first board.

this is an issue that seems to pop up more often then not and i don't think that everyone will every totally agree ... so i'm going to leave it at this:
ask lots of questions, ask different people, contact the companies that you are considering buying a board from (recommend that if you do this you contact more than one company), do research
then based on all the info you get come to what you feel is the best choice for you

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