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Old 09-16-2013, 06:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

emerging from my other thread where I got discouraged from getting the T.Rice and with my girlfriend jumping in wanting a new board as well I am now looking for two boards, hoping for your help:

Riding (both): All-Mountain & Powder (50/50 powder & grooms). Not extremely technical or steep, but we are traveling in order to do powder. Nice if some fakie is possible e.g. after a jump in the powder or so.

Physics:
1: 75kg (165lbs), 185 cm (6'1''), EU43 (US9 men) shoes
2: 60kg (130lbs), 175 cm (5'9''), EU39 (US8.5 women) shoes
hope that makes sense, I am bad with US metrics

Previous boards:
1: Been riding a lot of hired boards last couple of years, so n/a on that
2: She had some Ride 155cm which she finds a little unstable/short and thus wants replaced

Since we are located in Sweden, accessibility is somewhat limited and bigger brands are easier to get.

So far I was recommended the Burton Sherlock which looked good - here I'd need a size suggestion: 157 or 160.

I hope to get some more suggestions especially for my girlfriend but also for me. Can we just take the same board in 2 different sizes or should she get a "Women's board"?

Thanks so much!
Andreas
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A woman's board will be generally a little softer flex than a men's board of the same model.

My standard recommendation for women all mtn are gnu ladies choice or b-pro...very similar but the b-pro is stiffer...for charging. For your gf's weight...148-152...155 for deep pow +30 cm days.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks! looks like the gnu women's boards seem difficult to find in SE, DE, or UK. Any more ideas?
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Alright. More googling & browsing the forum reveals:

> Rossi Experience / Krypto MagTek
> Burton Sherlock
> Burton Custom Flying V
> Lib Tech TRS

With the TRS probably being least powdery and the Sherlock worst on ice; do I read the internet correctly?

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Ride Berzerker, Highlife for you.
Ride Farah for your gf.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Read already quite a bit about the Farah. It seems discontinued though and the 2013 are really difficult to get over here :-/.
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Ride Berzerker, Highlife for you.
Ride Farah for your gf.
Berzerker is a good recommendation. Highlife not so much.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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What do you guys think is the right sizes for us?

She felt her 155 was a little unstable.

I am right now looking into the Sherlock: 157 or 160?
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Stability doesn't always correlate with length.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ride Berzerker, Highlife for you.
Ride Farah for your gf.
The Farah is discontinued for '14, but you might find a nice deal for the '13 one. I bought the Ride Farah 153 (which is the longest) at the very end of the last season. I've spent three days on it, so I can give only limited info, but since there are not too many girls around here, it's maybe better than nothing I'm not a board hunter-gatherer; I buy one and ride it several years, so I've only owned a limited number of boards, and among them was only one other women's board.

I've +/- the same stats as your gf. I bought the Farah as my afternoon crud/mogul board but I ended up riding it mostly off-piste since we've been extremely lucky at those last days of the season: it was snowing every night and the resort was pretty empty, gosh, we've been the only ones to destroy all the fresh, all other ppl gathered on groomers. So my memories of the Farah might be a bit biased (pow-woozy), I really liked the board a lot.
I've actually only done three things with the Farah: Jump off the chair, hit a mogul run to get to the sc entry, ride 1000m vertical fresh, get back to the groomer and bomb this straight to get back to the chair as fast as possible. So this makes for three observations: Riding moguls with the Farah was fun! Itís easy to steer and dampens bumps if you happen to lose rhythm. Itís also pretty light and forgiving; fun to jump some moguls, since it won't kill you if you land akwardly between bumps. We had about 20cm at the most in those days. In this amount, it did a very good job on centered (in terms of inserts) stances. On a rather flat part of the fresh, it still floated nicely and I had not to lean back to stay atop. No idea how it performs in deep. Straight lining it on groomers, it was pretty stable. I tend to like boards that are long/stiff since my most important prerequisite is stability (I get easily irritated and donít dare to ride anymore if a board isn't stable). Although the Farah is rather short, it was stable and I trusted it.

I'm a super dummy riding switch, so I can' comment if itís particularly good at fakie/switch. What I can say is that when I did try, riding the wrong () direction was pretty easy compared to my other board.


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