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03-18-2014 02:24 PM
Originally Posted by Big Foot View Post
I can make it from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the mountain on my El Grande 171 without falling. How much harder could I shred on a smaller board? Is there a formula to calculate it?
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03-18-2014 02:12 PM
Big Foot I can make it from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the mountain on my El Grande 171 without falling. How much harder could I shred on a smaller board? Is there a formula to calculate it?
03-18-2014 12:11 PM
thatkidwho I've 24 years experience and I've ridden small boards, long boards, high backs, mid backs, low back, no backs, soft boots, hard boots. I've seen everything come and go and come back again.
I know what works for me and when to use it. I ride a small (147) board for park, flatlands and kiddie mountains because the terrian is boring. I ride a long board(156 ) for steeps, pow and more challenging terrian.
I will say the long board pushes me to ride better and pay attention to my form. My small boards allow me to slop around since very forgiving.

Don't pigeon hole yourself to one type of setup. Go demo a variety of setups.

But ride what you like and keep challenging yourself.
03-18-2014 11:41 AM
dsciulli19 I'm sure I'm reiterating what others have said and I didn't bother to read the whole 5+ pages of discussion but if the board works for you, it works for you, it doesn't really matter worth a damn what anyone else says. However, we must all obey the laws of physics, and they say that a larger board is inherently more stable and better in powder. If you're having fun with the ride you have, then keep riding it! But if the board is holding you back from having a good time in the pow or in other trail conditions, maybe it's time to get a larger board to help spread your weight out a bit, especially at 225.

I personally am ~205 and I ride a cambered 162W, and I would even consider going up to a 165W. But, I keep it to the steeps and I love bombing the mountain. I stay away from the large jumps and the rails for the most part. It works for me so that's what I do.

03-18-2014 11:11 AM
stan_darsh i'm 5'10", 165lbs. i get what you mean about the shorter boards seeming easier to control, but can confirm everyone is pretty much right about riding an appropriate setup. my park board is a camber board w tbt, 151cm lobster park board, and my 'everything else' board is a 158 NS SL with RC profile. I only like that one in soft snow and push mound shit. On hard snow, I hate the rocker in the middle and feel way more stable with my tiny park board. To verify, I picked up an old SL 158 with traditional camber profile, for $25 at a second hand store, and that thing is awesome on hard snow, but less awesome when stuff is softer.

With longer boards, you really need to steer them as BA said, not just keep them under you as you fly down the hill.

I think it's nice to have personal preference... and that you're not getting told shit cause you like a smaller board, but that you felt you had to justify it and get some sort of approval from the peeps on here. TBH I ride my 151 most days here in Taos, and our mountain and conditions are pretty intense for the rockies. I have learned to handle it really well on the steep and crazy terrain here. I've even ridden it on a 2' pow day and loved every second of it. BUT - If I want stability and real speed, I'll pick up the 158 any day over the shorter board.
03-18-2014 11:07 AM
jdang307 Did you ride Snowbird on a powder day? No way you got through a good powder day on a 154. I'm 145 lbs, and on a 154 I had a good time on Snowbird that was knee deep. It was still work for me, but I can't imagine being 225. I was on a twin and camber (K2 Happy Hour).

I ride anything from 150-154. 150 being on the playful end, 154 being on the charging end.

Snowbird has a lot of groomers though and I didn't find the terrain super challenging. Couple spots were "whoa" but nothing crazy.

Race to the bottom on groomers isn't a reflection of skills, just comfortability with speed. I can haul ass pretty good and I don't consider myself good, just "learning."

Race to the bottom through super steep lines through chutes, over some cliffs, through some trees and off the groomers might be more challenging.

at the end of the day, have fun. Try out a properly sized board for a day or better yet, two days. You might find you like tossing your 154 around but a 160 is more fun charging and getting huge air of natural features.
03-18-2014 09:15 AM
NSXRguy im 5'7 170lbs

i used to ride a 157 lib banana magic. now im on a 147 box scratcher. im more into cruising / speeding instead of tricks and i think the 147 does just fine with bombing trails. im saving the 157 for fresh powder days. the 147 is just much more maneuverable than the 157 which is why i like it plus easier to carry around
03-17-2014 07:22 PM
24WERD Pretty much all company boards say I should be over 160 and up at my weight of 210-215.

I think the only time it matters is if you are jibbing and doing a boardslide with the weight on the middle of the board.

Heck , I ride a Fish 156 totally out of range.

The gnu kass 155 at the very end of the spectrum listed at 210.

A k2 WWW 154 at the max of 210.

GNU billy goat 159 is the only one i'm at range (max range 230) 20% over the average range.

AT the end of the day it matters what you are using the board for .
03-17-2014 06:48 PM
ThatSniperGuy Well I am on the complexly other spectrum. I am 5'11 145 pds and ride a 180 carving setup
03-16-2014 03:54 PM
SnowDogWax :eusa_ clap:
The hell with bad habits and all the nasayers something clicked the day you jumped on that smaller board, as you progress you'll move beyond just racing down the hill. Which by the way I love to do. Just keep kicking butt and take no prisioners. Congrates on moving pass the passive NOOBE…..
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