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Old 12-12-2008, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so if you read my previous thread, you know I had been looking at an M3 Talon 163. After The-House/ProBoardShop sold out, I read reviews of boardsforless.com and decided they seemed too shady to send my money to. Anyway I couldn't find the board anywhere else so decided to make a list off of ValueSports.com of a few different board possibilities.

I am a beginner (About 40-50 hours riding time over the last 3-4 years, all on rental boards) and looking to buy my first board. I am 5'9" 240lb, size 11 boot (boots are Thirty-Twos, so not a huge footprint) I am looking for an inexpensive board that I can learn on, and here are a few I am looking at.

07 Flow Mainframe 165

08 Burton Canyon 167


08 Morrow RV 164


Which of these 3 would make a good first board that would last me a couple seasons and be good to learn on?
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those are all too big.

You should learn on something in the mid-to-high 150s.

If you don't already have bindings:
DJsBoardShop has a lot of packages.
It doesn't really matter what brand/board you get at this point, but get the Technine bindings over anything else there.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You don't need a huge board even with your weight esp. as a beginner.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Really? Even at my weight? I was thinking something at least 163 considering I am a fat ass. Last time I rented a board I had a 160 I believe, and it was a pretty good size, but I was a little lighter then too

Edit: you beat me to it
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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So I just ordered the Flow Mainframe in a 162. I liked the feel of a 160 last time I rode better than the smaller boards so I figured a 162 would be good
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Tough decision. You'll definitely want a bigger board eventually, unless you're planning on losing a lot of weight. I'd learn on a shorter board. Maybe 158. After you get better, you should upgrade to a bigger size. Flinging around a high 160's board will slow your learning process, regardless of weight. Really the reason you want a longer board when you are heavier is because it will sink in the the pow, but I don't think you will be riding in anything too deep as a beginner. You will probably go a little slower on the groomers with your weight on a smaller board, but that isn't a bad thing.

EDIT: Wow, I apparently didn't even READ your last post. Sorry. That board will probably work fine for you. Enjoy your board!
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Tough decision. You'll definitely want a bigger board eventually, unless you're planning on losing a lot of weight. I'd learn on a shorter board. Maybe 158. After you get better, you should upgrade to a bigger size. Flinging around a high 160's board will slow your learning process, regardless of weight. Really the reason you want a longer board when you are heavier is because it will sink in the the pow, but I don't think you will be riding in anything too deep as a beginner. You will probably go a little slower on the groomers with your weight on a smaller board, but that isn't a bad thing.

EDIT: Wow, I apparently didn't even READ your last post. Sorry. That board will probably work fine for you. Enjoy your board!

Thanks. I've ridden enough to already know how to link turns well and carve a little, this season I want to work on getting more comfortable with higher speeds and learn to hit some jumps and jibs, maybe a little switch riding. I didn't want to hold myself back with a short board, or cause myself problems with a long board, so i shot for the middle
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