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Old 12-08-2008, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beginner Setup - bit of a dilemma

Hey everyone I am new to this forum and new to the sport in general.

I have a few questions that i would like answered if anyone can give me some feedback. I've taken a look at the size/weight/etc... FAQ and all the threads and i havent really found an answer. I apologize in advanced if this has already been asked.

I am purchasing a snowboard for myself seeing as this year my family is renting a cabin out. So it seemed to be a better idea to purchase gear instead of constantly renting for this season.

So this is my setup:
I am 215lbs, 6" in height. Boot Size 11
I recently was looking at a 2008 Burton air 161. = $200
Burton custom bindings and Solomon Solace boots. = $170

Now here is the dilemma. I have recently been told by a few friends who have snowboarded for 10years and have experience that that board length is too long for me for the beginner i am. I will most likely be just free riding, nothing major, as because ive only snowboarded 2 times. I've been a skier but want to switch things up.

He suggested a 158 or something of that sort, but I am a heavier dude, at around 215 and 6" tall.

So my general question is, will i be better off with a smaller board that's outside the "recommended" range as a beginner snowboarder?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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161 sounds fine to me. I'm 6'3 180 and I learned on a 158. I think you will be completely fine on a 161.
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yeah i hear you on that. I was mainly asking if it is easier to learn on a smaller board as for it gives more maneuverability/control?
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah i hear you on that. I was mainly asking if it is easier to learn on a smaller board as for it gives more maneuverability/control?
true , but a larger board gives you more stability
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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so all in all a 161 for a beginner with my 215lb and 6" height wouldnt be easy for mountain riding? I'm just trying to see the board that would be best for me to learn on. If anyone has other input lmk, for those who have already. Thanks!
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A smaller board will give more control to a point. But too small means you will flatten the board out and lose control. I think a 161 will be fine for learning on. You might want a bigger one if you start hitting really deep pow, but I'd say you're right on the mark with the 161.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help Flick, appreciate the help
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