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Old 12-08-2008, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I'm pretty new to snowboarding, but I have my basics down. Last season was spent in rentals, so I figure it's about time for me to buy my own board. There's just one problem, I have no idea what to look for! (I don't know anyone else who snowboards, so I have no one to turn to for advice)

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Female, 5'7, 112 lbs.
I do both mountain and park, ride switch.
The boots: Burton Sapphire, Size 8 (love them!)
If i remember correctly, last season I used a 150. Don't know if that's better for mountain or park.

I am looking for something decent without breaking the bank. I tend to fall a lot, so nothing expensive.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're very light so I think a 150 is a bit big for you. You will probably want to go smaller unless you're planning on hitting some very deep powder. I can't speak for women's gear personally, but I know a female friend who loves her Rome Blue board. My wife also wears Spyder gear and it keeps her warm. Which is a real feat because she is like a lizard and will die if kept in the shade too long.

By the way, if you don't know anyone who boards, you came to the right place. You can hook up with some people from NYC here as well. I'm sure there are a lot of people who'd love to hang out with more people on the hill. Just poke around a bit.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i ride a rome vinyl, which is meant for park, but does great on the mountain too.

another brand i've heard good things about for woman's boards is Atomic, so maybe check them out too.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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is getting a used board alright? I was just checking out prices for new boards, and they're not cheap. I just need something that can be "killed" while I improve my skills.

Also, what length would be best for me?
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, a used board is ok as long as you inspect it for damage first.

At only 112 pounds you'll want to be in the low mid 140's (they come that small, right?) Since you're pretty tall, you don't want to go TOO small or your stance will be too narrow. If you have the chance, I can't recommend highly enough demo-ing some boards. That will really help you find what you want.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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how do I got about "demo-ing"? I have absolutely no idea what that is

Yeah, they do have boards in the low 140's. Smallest I have seen so far is a flat 140 actually.
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http://www.snowboardingforum.com/mee...d-meadows.html

Demo days! Woohoo! You'd have to ask Snowwolf what they're doing this year.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i would have thought 140 would be too short for a rider of that height...? (5'7)

i am 5'1 & 50kg (sorry dont work in lbs here, lol) and i ride an all mountain board which is a 145. i will soon look into getting two boards one specifically for park with more flex and maybe a bit shorter
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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ok converting into kg, i'm around 50-51.

After reading all of this info, I'm probably thinking somewhere around 144-145. Does 1cm really make a difference?
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That's why I warned her from going too short. She's tall and thin so it is hard to find a perfect balance.

You'll probably want to demo or at least try out a few boards specifically because you want to make sure your stance will be wide enough on a board that matches your weight.

Recommending boards is kind of hard on the intarweb.
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