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Old 10-11-2012, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so here's the situation. My names Rob, I'm 18 years old and i love snowboarding. Unfortunately im 6'4" 190lbs and i have a big foot! (that's an advantage only sometimes ) Last year i bought all of my snowboarding equipment which included a 2011 Rossignol 161mw One Magtek, Ride EX bindings, and size 17 Ride Bigfoot boots.

Where i do my snowboarding (PA & MD) there is rarely snow but ice so i usually never had a problem with my feet dragging. But now that ive been going to places with more powder my feet drag way to much!

I'm curious if i should get riser plates? The 161mw one magtek is supposedly one of the widest boards (not sure how wide exactly) and my stance is very duck like as it is. Are riser plates my only other option? How will they effect my riding?

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why not, riser's are alot less than buying a new board, even make some, two issues...if the plates are larger than your binding footprint it could/will change your flex pattern and second it will change your edge engagement/attack, i.e., you will find that you have more edge response thus need to develop more finesse....which imho is a good thing. Pics of my diy 20mm disco/plattform risers...cost $3.

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Not a big fan myself have them on my split and it just doesn't feel right but in your situation you might not have much choice beyond buying a new board if you can even find one wide enough to fit your feet or maybe get some lower profile boots.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As someone with a size 14 boot, I've looked at a lot of wide boards. Normal wide boards seem to fit my boot well so I've haven't had to get into anything crazy yet. Though if you didn't want to use risers, the Elan El Grande is super wide. I'm not sure if its the widest board there is, but its most definitely wide enough for your feet.
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Yeh im not sure if I want to get a new board, the board was like $500 when I bought it last year. I guess I can make this a project and build my own risers and see how they are. Will building them myself give a different result from if I bought a pair? I don't want to damage my board or bindings!

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Edit: oh and new boots are out of the question, Ride Bigfoot are the only ones that make boots this large. :/

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If you are on a budget I think risers are your only choice. Sz 17 is crazy big!

In case you want to have a "normal" board without risers all I can think of is getting in contact with manufacturers that offer custom board construction. Prior for example. They can surely build you a great board fitted to your needs but it will definitely be pricy.
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yeh snowboarding already costs alot of money! and im certainly not good enough to shuffle out thousands for a custom board!

yeh in tennis shoes i wear a 15/16 but snowboard boots are cut small so the size 17 fits perfectly! When i got them in the mail i laughed so hard they are ridiculously big!



Thats a picture of me holding them above my sisters head!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Risers would certainly be the cheapest option but if they don't work, I think the Elan El Grande would be your next cheapest. Its crazy wide so I'm pretty positive it would work for you and you won't have to pay custom prices.
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Yeh im not sure if I want to get a new board, the board was like $500 when I bought it last year. I guess I can make this a project and build my own risers and see how they are. Will building them myself give a different result from if I bought a pair? I don't want to damage my board or bindings!

Thanks
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Edit: oh and new boots are out of the question, Ride Bigfoot are the only ones that make boots this large. :/
My diy are made out of scrap... high density plastic...cutting board material. The local hardware store sells scraps....its a great hardware store about 5 blocks from my house....Hardware Sales, Bham WA. Just used a jig saw/bandsaw and drill press with regular spade/wood bits and a rasp. And then longer 6mm? stainless steel screws. I also used little rubber/foam strips to make a grip so the r-plate would not slip around...but you could use that carpet grippy stuff. These plates have done nothing to damage the board or bindings...used on 3-4 different boards.
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For those of us who'd rather buy than build, any suggestions for shops that carry risers? Tried googling... not much luck. What's the price range for a set for one snowboard?
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