Do I need a new board for pow? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do I need a new board for pow?

I have been snowboarding for 3 seasons.
Age: 23
Height and Weight: 6'4", 240LBs (working on losing weight, hopefully down to 230 by snowboarding season).
Boot Size: 11
Budget: Lower the better but will invest money if it will make experience better.
Type of riding: Love Speed (gone over 50 mph down east at MT High) and currently working on jumps.

I have only snowboarded at MT High and Bear Mountain in CA. That is what I am used to. I am planning on making some trips this season to bigger better mountains in north Cal, Colorado, Oregon...

My current setup in a 163W Morrow Fury board with Large Lamar Bindings. Most sizing charts would say I need a longer board. Maybe a 169W. The thing is that riding those places, MT High/Bear, actually made me think of getting a shorter board. Easier to turn, take jumps and lighter.

The question is whether a shorter board, 156-159, would be too short even for those mountains and is my Morrow too short for heading up to the bigger mountains considering my size.


Should I get a shorter board for use on park and use my Morrow for when I head up to pow mountains?
--OR--
Should I stick with my currently board for hard packed groomed mountains and get a longer board for pow?
--OR--
Do I need two new board, shorter for MT High/Bear and longer one for the other mountains?

Any advice helps, thanx!!!
Shaun W is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 05:57 PM
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,283
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You have a lot going on in your post, I'll try to answer what I can.
1. with size 11s you really don't need a wide board.
2. A pow board is nice, but unless you ride a lot of pow it's not a good place to spend money unless you're building a quiver.
3. 163-167 is a pretty good size range for you.
4. Your current board and bindings while great to get you into the sport is where I would spend money on better equipment.
5. I would suggest looking for a twin with hybrid camber and rocker in the nose for pow float.

What is your realistic budget for new equipment?
bseracka is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 07:20 PM
Fire on Ice...and Powder!
 
GreyDragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,582
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 97 Post(s)
This thread has "Nivek's" name all over it.
Hopefully he'll post with his thoughts.

While I was reading the OP - and trying to decipher it - the k2 Ultra Dream came to mind.
A second board for the park would probably be a good idea.
GreyDragon is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 08:20 PM
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,608
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Blog Entries: 10
Bear in mind that even the best places for fresh snow don't get it all the time, unless you live in heaven powder isn't the typical day.

If you are mostly only expecting to get to decent powder on trips your powder board should be a secondary board, maybe upgrading your regular stuff makes more sense.
Lamps is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 09:17 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,966
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamps View Post
Bear in mind that even the best places for fresh snow don't get it all the time, unless you live in heaven powder isn't the typical day.

If you are mostly only expecting to get to decent powder on trips your powder board should be a secondary board, maybe upgrading your regular stuff makes more sense.
That - most people do not need a pow board, but that does not stop us from wanting one
However, there are exceptions - I spend 2-3 months/year in Hokkaido and that calls for pow sticks. Sometimes I go for 2 weeks without riding a 'regular' deck...
hktrdr is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2013, 05:30 PM
Veteran Member
 
jdang307's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,931
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shaun W View Post
I have been snowboarding for 3 seasons.
Age: 23
Height and Weight: 6'4", 240LBs (working on losing weight, hopefully down to 230 by snowboarding season).
Boot Size: 11
Budget: Lower the better but will invest money if it will make experience better.
Type of riding: Love Speed (gone over 50 mph down east at MT High) and currently working on jumps.

I have only snowboarded at MT High and Bear Mountain in CA. That is what I am used to. I am planning on making some trips this season to bigger better mountains in north Cal, Colorado, Oregon...

My current setup in a 163W Morrow Fury board with Large Lamar Bindings. Most sizing charts would say I need a longer board. Maybe a 169W. The thing is that riding those places, MT High/Bear, actually made me think of getting a shorter board. Easier to turn, take jumps and lighter.

The question is whether a shorter board, 156-159, would be too short even for those mountains and is my Morrow too short for heading up to the bigger mountains considering my size.


Should I get a shorter board for use on park and use my Morrow for when I head up to pow mountains?
--OR--
Should I stick with my currently board for hard packed groomed mountains and get a longer board for pow?
--OR--
Do I need two new board, shorter for MT High/Bear and longer one for the other mountains?

Any advice helps, thanx!!!
I live in San Diego, but make at least two trips to real mountains each year. I'd just upgrade to a very good all mountain board appropriate for your size. Don't worry about Pow. After 6 trips I only hit pow once and that's 2 days after it snowed but it was CO so it stayed soft and it was Loveland, so surprisingly HUGE pockets of pow untouched by the masses (weird). Mid-thigh deep two days later and I wasn't out of bounds or anything. I was on a 150 NS Evo and centered which is about as bad is it would get for me, and I survived.

Anyway I digress. An all-mtn board will handle any pow you encounter just fine. Get an All-Mtn board that is decent in pow, and just forget about a pow board until you start building a quiver.

My buddy is 215-220 and rides a 157 Rider's Choice. No problem hitting 45mph in Mammoth. I think you can downsize a little bit because your main mountain is Mt. High and Bear. Honestly you can ride a lunch tray and those two resorts and be fine. They're not hills but the fun in those resorts are hitting all of the features they throw in (esp. at bear vs summmit). 160-163 would be my suggestion.

I've hit pow days at Bear (little past knee-deep) and a Never Summer SL. Just fine. I'd recommend something along those lines from any of the good companies. Arbor Coda (extremely fun board and now better for pow according to BA), NS SL, Smokin Superpark etc. etc.

Check out the Nitro Uberspoon. Looks to be a board that's great on groomers, playful and yet great for pow too. I'm literally deciding between the Uberspoon and K2 Happy Hour for my all-mtn board.
jdang307 is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2013, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanx for all the responses. What I got so far is:

1. Don't really need a board for pow. I am not really looking to have a board for each type of snow, so it makes more sense to upgrade what I currently have.

2. Size wise I could go a little smaller or a little bigger without much change. Since my main mountain is MTHigh/Bear I will probably go a little smaller 156-160. For those bigger mountain pow days I think my 163 will allow me to float well or could still use the new board.

Since I think my current board will be able to handle the deep pow days I think I will probably go for a park board. This way I can get better on jumps and boxes (still too afraid to hit rails ).

I am hoping to spend, if i can find a good one, around $250 for a board from last year.

What do you guys think of Lib Tech Skate Banana 2013 159W? Seems like it would be a good park board.

For bindings I found Ride Revolt bindings for $100.

Any thoughts?
Shaun W is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2013, 11:28 PM
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,608
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Blog Entries: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by hktrdr View Post
That - most people do not need a pow board, but that does not stop us from wanting one
However, there are exceptions - I spend 2-3 months/year in Hokkaido and that calls for pow sticks. Sometimes I go for 2 weeks without riding a 'regular' deck...
Now we're jealous....
Lamps is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 07:15 AM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Wiredsport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,348
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 149 Post(s)
We need to modify this for boards:



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.





To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Wiredsport is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 08:30 AM
Not quite reformed yet
 
chomps1211's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: S.E. Mich.
Posts: 6,204
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 253 Post(s)

WS!! That chart graphic is Fucking AWESOME!


Definitely need one SB specific!
(....if nothing else, should be good for business!)





[Off topic Edit:]
Hmmnnnnn? It would appear I'm due for a NEW MTB! LOL!

You're only Young Once,.. but you can be Immature FOREVER!

Feb/Apr 2011. (27) days!
2011/12 (38) days!
2012/13 (48) days!
2013/14 (44) days!
2014/15 (00)
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2015/16 (28) days!

"The Older I get,.. The faster I was!!"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chomps1211 is offline  
Reply

Tags
bear, board advice, mt high, powder board, sizing snowboard

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome