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Old 12-11-2008, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Found a board but getting mixed views on size

I'm a beginner but am looking for a board that will still be great as I improve, I've decided on the Gnu Carbon High Beam '08 for $210. I only gone snowboarding twice and will just go down slopes and powder riding but when I get better maybe take on some small jumps and such.

My problem is that I don't know what size board to get. I'm 5'9 and 145-150 lbs with 9.5 boots. The CHB has a 153 and 156 size and I've been getting an equal saying on both sizes. So, if anyone has suggestions please post.

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Old 12-11-2008, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The shorter one.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Height

Range of Board Length
(Centimeters)
4 Feet 109cm
4'2" 114 -120cm
4'4" 115 - 125cm
4.6" 118 - 135cm
4.8" 120 - 135cm
4'10" 125 - 140cm
5 Feet 130 - 142cm
5'2" 135 - 145cm
5'4" 140 - 148cm
5.6" 145 -152cm
5'8" 147 -155cm
5'10" 154- 163cm
6'0" 157-165cm
6'1" 160-168cm
6'2"+ 162cm or greater
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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^ that guide is next to useless.

so if i have two friends who are both 5'8" but one is 150lbs and the other is 250lbs they should ride the same length board?

i'm 5'8" and weight around 185 but i ride a 158. according to your chart, i am riding the wrong board which is weird because it feels right to me...

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Old 12-12-2008, 01:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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^ that guide is next to useless.

so if i have two friends who are both 5'8" but one is 150lbs and the other is 250lbs they should ride the same length board?

i'm 5'8" and weight around 185 but i ride a 158. according to your chart, i am riding the wrong board which is weird because it feels right to me...

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Because that chart is wrong for anybody that isn't of average weight for their size.

Im 130ish and 5 5" and ride a 151 just fine for all mountain.

Either of those boards will work fine for you, longer will be better for floating, but maybe harder to push around for faster carving. You should be fine with either though ..3cm isnt much difference
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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yes, there is always a no common sense critic.

i think its safe to say a standardized size chart applies to standardized size people. If you dont have a ounce of fat or muscle on you and you are extremely light for your height, please feel free to downsize your board a few cm. If you are as large around as you are tall and you think you might be a bit heavier than the average person your height, please feel free to add a couple cm.

i guess i thought everyone that was intelligent to read that chart was intelligent enough to interpret with common sense. apparently i was wrong.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i have enough common sense and industry knowledge to be able to read the chart just fine but thanks for the (thinly) veiled ad-hom.

this isn't a common sense issue. focusing on board length solely as a function of height is just poor advice. further, the chart doesn't even begin to address size issues associated with application. finally, the op asked about the choice between a 153 and a 156 and your chart doesn't help him with that decision at all.

what's a "standardized size person" anyway?

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Old 12-12-2008, 12:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm 19 and exercise almost everyday so I won't gain too much weight. I'm going to get some boots today so maybe I'll stand on a couple of boards and see where my feet end up. Is there a reference to how far your feet should be apart or just until comfortable?

Also, I only plan to use this board for two years and I probably won't gain much weight from 19 to 21, I've been 145-150 for over a year now.

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Old 12-12-2008, 12:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Relevant board determinants:

#1: Gender
#2: Weight
#3: Riding style
#4: Budget
#5: Cool graphics
#6: Hair color
#7: Favorite band

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#6,295: Height


Ok, so not exactly. Still, height isn't #1. You have to factor it in, but basically only because of the effect on your stance. If you're 8ft tall and 110 pounds, a short board will give you a poor stance.

The pudding test always wins. Try different boards before you buy.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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you shoudl also concider if as you improve you would like to ride some freestyle, cause then you should take the smallest board.
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