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|07-04-2014 11:54 AM|
Yeah I still got the old board, I am a hoarder and I was actually thinking about putting that board on again once i got significantly better to see how it is, so I will try it out once the snow fall hits!
Thanks for explaining the skidding term btw, that is basically exactly what i am experiencing at really high speeds!
|07-04-2014 10:50 AM|
Originally Posted by Gelaxus View Post
Besides that, some boards just carve better that other. E.g. the Raptor does "for free", while others need a more precise timing. Don't know your board tho.
BTW: do you still have that BSOD? Them old camber decks can tell you instantly, if your carving technique is good
|07-04-2014 10:07 AM|
If you are relatively new to the sport, one drawback of a board that is too short is that it can affect your ability to learn proper body mechanics. A stage every rider must master is keeping your upper body quiet and centered and using as little forward and aft movement over the nose and tail as possible. Riding more with your feet, knees, and hips to control the board, and a quiet stylee upper body.
I see a lot of noobs on too short boards rocking their bodies out of place over the nose and tail, this gets amplified on boards that are too short for you because any bump or change in terrain can have you suddenly too far out over the nose or tail. Also the sidecut of the board and how you load it or activate it into a turn becomes effected because your feet and weight are too far out towards nose and tail. "Generally speaking" if you are someone that wants to learn proper body mechanics, and loading of the board, having something sized just right makes the most sense.
That said everybody picks up a board that is too short and learns over time what they do or don't like about it. You can ride it, nothing is stopping you. I personally find a board that is too short, sloppy, jerky, and generally a crutch for someone whose technique is lacking. You especially see it on guys who ride park who never learned to ride properly in general. They use the shorter board to compensate for whack body mechanics. And once you reach a certain level of riding where you are in the super pipe and hitting larger features having an undersized board is not a good thing.
|07-04-2014 09:04 AM|
Sounds like I win some and lose some , thats not as bad as I originally thought, thanks for the indepth response.
That might be one of the reasons I feel like i am sliding? (might be the wrong terminology) when going down the mountain at a really fast speed rather than staying in a carve properly.
|07-04-2014 05:54 AM|
In general, longer board=more edge and more surface = better carving properties, less chatter at speed, better float. Shorter board = easier to maneuver - yes, I actually see only one advantage, but it's an important one (I leave out the freestyle stuff as I know nothing of that type of riding)
Pros/cons are most obvious if I look at the ones I tried at the extremes of size range: I can still have fun charging groomers on a 164 or even 168 board (e.g. NS Raptor, Volkl Coal) cos they are stable if pionting it straight and they do leave a nice trench if leaning into a carve. But I don't have fun doing the same on a 145 or 147 board (e.g. NS Raven, Burton Custom) cos they chatter at speed and edge won't hold a carve. OTOH, one can ride them small ones comfy in cruising mode and negotiate mogus easily while the extreme long ones are rather painfull to ride.
In the narrower range of decks I actually own (153-159.5): if there's small amount of pow (~10in), if groomers only allow mellow riding, I prefer my smaller decks but if there's heaps of pow or groomers are ready to charge, I prefer the longer ones.
Now if a board is over-/undersized, depends on your aims n riding style. If a rather short board will chatter depends on the speed you ride, if the edge will hold a crave will depend on how aggressive you carve, if the float will be sufficient depends on what you think is adequate float (i.e. are you willing to change binding position, to lean back a lot, accept to get stuck on flats from time to time) and on the amount of pow you meet.
In short: board sizing is complicated due to the many factors, but actually it's also pretty straight forward. If you like how your board rides, it's the right size. If you like it most times but not in some circumstances, get a bigger one - having in mind that you'll sacrifice a tad of agility. If you don't want to sacrifice, get a quiver. If you don't want a quiver, accept that there's always give and take
|07-04-2014 12:19 AM|
|snowman55||Death by unga bunga|
|07-03-2014 07:23 PM|
|Argo||You will die.|
|07-03-2014 06:29 PM|
Originally Posted by davidj View Post
But as has been mentioned,.. The OP is probably not that far over for that board. I am now, a fair bit overweight for mine! I don't think you'll find it to be a problem! ...but if you do? Look to your riding technique first! Not the board. (It usually works out that it's the rider who's the problem anywhoo!!)
|07-03-2014 06:17 PM|
|ETM||Be very careful of explosions|
|07-03-2014 06:05 PM|
Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
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