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04-04-2009 01:53 PM
gravityhomer
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Originally Posted by SB4L View Post
I'm 5'11 and 160lbs.
I see a lot of 160ish lb tall guys on here and it really makes me feel like a load. I'm aiming to get down to 170 by next season. A few years ago I was 170, but let things slip away the last year. I have to think it can only help being lighter, especially in the park, jumps and such.
04-04-2009 01:43 PM
SB4L
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Originally Posted by gravityhomer View Post
from the info I've gathered so far, there are reasons to err on the small side. Smaller boards are easier to handle and turn, so better for beginners. They are just fine for mostly groomed, icy conditions (a la good ole East coast usa), but perhaps would not be good with a lot of soft snow. And of course they are better for people that ride in the park.

The first two apply to me. I'm 5'10, 185# and use a 157. Maybe some day I'll be in the park. And maybe some day I'll try a longer board and love that more. Time will tell.
This is true - my first board I knew nothing and bought a 163. I'm 5'11 and 160lbs. You do the math, needless to say it was very hard learning tricks on that board. My new board is a 157 and it's prettymuch perfect for the all-mountain riding I like to do. When I can afford it, I'll pick up a 154 for park.
04-02-2009 09:37 PM
gravityhomer from the info I've gathered so far, there are reasons to err on the small side. Smaller boards are easier to handle and turn, so better for beginners. They are just fine for mostly groomed, icy conditions (a la good ole East coast usa), but perhaps would not be good with a lot of soft snow. And of course they are better for people that ride in the park.

The first two apply to me. I'm 5'10, 185# and use a 157. Maybe some day I'll be in the park. And maybe some day I'll try a longer board and love that more. Time will tell.
04-02-2009 08:36 PM
stoepstyle I ride a Never summer legacy-r 163 and im 185 lbs but I don't do any park whatsoever. I have a 154 GNU street series for that
04-02-2009 08:22 PM
jmacphee9 capita stairmaster extreme 152w. 10.5 boot with an enormous footprint. 25.7 waist width, fits fine. it actually would be perfect with an 11.
04-02-2009 07:41 PM
jardo56
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Originally Posted by zenboarder View Post
When the board gets too short landings get really sketchy. The big thing at my size in any case is the wide board otherwise you get mad heel/toe drag.
This was the concern for me since I ride park and have a larger board by most peoples standards on this forum. I'm 6'0 170lbs with size 11 boots.. I don't know very many smaller sized boards with a base width wide enough to handle my feet at moderate stance angles, without actually going to a klunky "WIDE" board. If you do alot of jibbing or like to take small to medium sized jumps, I can see why you would want a smaller board.

But if you like to hit larger sized jumps that require a lot of speed to clear the knuckle, a small board could get sketchy.

I'm debating on getting a jib only board.. about 152-154 in size for next season. But for now, my 158 is great.
04-02-2009 07:18 PM
SnowBun I don't size down on my boards, I'm actually sizing up (149 Infinity-R). Although if I could, I would get a super soft park board in a 142-144. When I get into park that is (in 8 months )
04-02-2009 07:15 PM
DiamondCarver Funny thing is, my friend is 5'10" and 150 pounds. He rides a 163, and all he does is talk about park/jibbing.
04-02-2009 05:14 PM
zenboarder I am 6'4" and weigh in at 190lbs with size 13 boots and I ride a 163 wide board. Now I mostly do jumps/pipe so no real opinion on length for jib sticks however I wouldn't really want to ride anything much shorter than a 159. When the board gets too short landings get really sketchy. The big thing at my size in any case is the wide board otherwise you get mad heel/toe drag.
04-02-2009 02:39 PM
jmacphee9
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Originally Posted by Gnarly View Post
I would even say that a 159 is on the bigger end of what an all mtn board would be at your height/weight.

If I had your stats, I'd ride a 156 as my all mtn board and a 152 for a jib stick.
i agree with that as well...im 175ish and i ride a 152 park, and i would ride a 158 for freeride imo
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