Need some guidance
I used to be an avid rider (in my 20's) 30+ times a season.
Im 40 now and all the new technology and terms has me feeling overwhelmed. :icon_scratch: I used to ride a floater do to my boots and to over come heal and toe drag. Some advice i have been given is to go a size down in boots (like I do with ice hockey skates) that all said, I'd like to think Im still an intermediate rider and Im hung up on a board. All Mountain seems to be a logical step but creates a ton of questions on models.
Im 6.2 225 lbs
Jones all mountain twin
libtech ape skunk
any advice is appreciated
Thanks brother. My boots size is 11.5 - 12.
So with the suggestion from the guy at the shop, I was thinking with a 10.5 -11 boot it could open up other options and not necessitate the wide boards. The length concerns me. I was a lighter younger me then and rode a 159. That extra length will be interesting to learn.
I had a conversation about socks....even that technology has changed, and the REALLY thick wool socks arent necessary anymore. Hence the idea to downsize boots.
I was a LibTech fan back in the day, maybe this is the catalyst to finally be an owner.
I appreciate it.
Supposed to have a great winter here in CO this year!!!! STOKED
Welcome back to the sport. I'm also pushing 40 and been riding Libs since my 20's. In my opinion they are still the best company out there still innovating and whatnot.
I don't know if you'd really want to squeeze into a boot a size smaller than you normally wear. That said boots should be the first thing you buy so go try on as many pairs as you can till you find one that works. But don't sacrifice comfort for a non wide board.
You can off set the toe/heel hang by getting bindings with a thick base and built in ramps on the toe and heel to get youre boots that much higher off the ground.
Then you can see if a regular board will work for you or if you need to go wide.
I think you would be alright on a 61-65.
If your still thinking of going to a Lib Tech and a regular wide I would suggest maybe looking to others besides the Skunk Ape. You might also benefit from the C3 camber which is mostly the same camber profile you would be used to from the 90's. Maybe look into the Hot Knife or the Gnu Billy Goat. Then again the more rockerd shapes have advantages too, it all depends on your riding style.
Right on...Thanks freshy.
Definitely get boots that fit you. If it is a 10.5-11 fine, if not, don't stress over it. Plenty of great boards out there with 26+ centimeter waists that should keep the heel and toe drag down. Just about everyone makes some. I have a size 11 foot and if I have a choice between a wide or regular width, I generally go with the wide. I can handle it, you should be in that same boat.
Where are you mostly riding? If you get a fair amount of powder days, I'd look at some sort of rocker hybrid. Shit is fun in pow for sure. Midwest park ratting, maybe or maybe not something you want. At 40 probably not your thing. Certainly not mine.
From the ones on your list I can only comment on the Flagship. I love the board for many reasons (stability at speed, fast edge to edge, predictablility, carving, edgehold, and naturally it's great powability). Just a little warning... The board is stiff and has not a lot of dampening, which is good if in pow or if charging good groomers, but in moguls or afternoon crud it'll be tyring. It won't absorb uneven terrain, you'll have to do this with your knees. Try one before you get one.
Understood Neni. and thank you. The reason I was entertaining the flagship is your description and what I have read seems to perfectly describe how my 97 Floater rides/road. I rode it into the the early 2000's. had a wonderful day in the new at the time Blue sky basin with 18 over night..Goodtimes, but the less than optimal days, my floater seemed meh.. and the snap for me in the occasional park run worked well enough.
killclimbz I hear you loud and clear, thank you. I used to ride Vail, WP, BeaverCreek, Skistoned, and this year I got my Epic local pass. Im taking my lil ones up. :cool: this year. (with daddy time on occasion without them) You are correct, my park days are over, but I still have that young spirit, so popping off stuff still appeals to me, and after a few days I wanna get back into the trees.
Powder is therapy!
I want to thank all those that helped me out. I appreciate it.
I ended up with the following:
163W Jones Flagship
Salomon Hologram Bindings
Salomon Malamute boots
The boots are so comfortable and I dont think Im going to have a problem with warmth. (Us old guys get cold easy)
Now Im sure I broke some cardinal rule with the bindings I chose. but I gotta tell ya. With how stiff the boot is and the responsiveness of the bindings, I think is going to be a great combo for me.
I will need to wait a few months to officially confirm. but just ollie'ing around my house, :lol: and feeling things out, I think I have a winner.:thumbsup:
Isn't she lovely? Im sure Im going to regret following my hippie heart for not getting a board with a resin top (more eco-friendly) to help with scratches and stuff. but that wood is beautiful!
The holograms are a different choice given the flagship and malamutes
My thinking is the high backs should do all I need them to do with turns. with the mobility and movement laterally, grabs and stuff.
They feel amazing together....Truly.
Salomon on Salomon.
Seemed logical to me.
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