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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 12:30 PM
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advice on board length and boots

Hey there...excuse the long winded thread but hope to get some advice here.

Recently picked up a 2008 160cm Burton Custom X with FLOW NXT FX Bindings. I'm 5'8" and weigh a little over 70kgs. I decided on the 160 due to my weight since I wanted a nice smooth riding board;But, I'm now beginning to think it may have been a mistake? The Custom X is already a stiff board to begin with.

I'm finding I need to exert a lot of leg power to get this thing from heel carve to toe; And to boot...I'm also using some real !@#% boots which happen to be a size and a half to big for me.

My stance: 15 - 0 (tried riding duck 10 10) and didn't feel stable.

Should I be looking for a smaller board like a 155? Is it my stance or will a really good boot help?

Either way, I'm now looking for the most suitable boots specifically for the FLOW NXT FX bindings and all round free riding. (stiff, light, good heel grip and highly responsive)

I'm considering the following:
Burton ION
Burton Direct X
Solomon Malamute

Which is the better boot for 80% free riding and 20% free style?
Any other boots out there worth looking into?

Appreciate the advice as I'm trying to make the best of whats left of the season.

Sousa
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 03:28 PM
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I'm also 5'8" and ride a 155.

The rule of thumb is your board should between your chin and nose standing strait up.

I like my boards smaller than that because i find it easier to maneuver.

mine rests at about mid neck.
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 10:57 PM
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thanks for the advice

Cheers!
What about boots?
Anyone out there know of a really good boot (heel grip, stiff...etc) mainly for freeriding.

Burton ION / Driver X
Solomon Malamute

Out of the three, which one's best?
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 11:43 PM
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dont want to sound like a jacka$$ but height has about 1% to do with board length. i think you convert to 155 lbs which means you should be riding something around 154-156. for boots i would choose the salomons, but if they feel any less than pure extensions of your feet i.e. no pressure points and perfect fit, then keep looking. i think salomon makes the best boots for your desired discipline but their boots tend to be tight in the heel and forefoot. if you really want something to fit well with the nxt's, the best and most obvious solution would be to get flow boots, i dont know anything about them and have heard neither good or bad things, i've actually heard nothing. but lago, autti, and all the others ride them so...

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I own a pair of Driver X's and love them. They are very stiff, so they are made for freeriding and not park, which would suit you well.
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Thanks again, and no...you don't sound like a jackass. (I agree but Everyone out here, including the sales clerk seems to think the board is too long yet my weight is over 160lbs.)
Anyway, I'm sticking with the board and bindings.

I'm presently residing in South Korea and FLOW boots (the obvious fit) do not seem to be available. Plus I know very little about them. I have a chance to pick up some IONS at a good price but before I invest any more cash, just wanna make sure if there aren't any better options. Unfortunately, the Driver Xs also seem to be scarce out here.
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Driver X boots

ndiggity: I don't have a chance to pre test the Driver X boots out here. Basically, I have to order them online. so I'm wondering: Are these boots light?
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Aw jeeze. You should have bought your boots first...
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actually I did...just looking for a better pair.
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Thanks again, and no...you don't sound like a jackass. (I agree but Everyone out here, including the sales clerk seems to think the board is too long yet my weight is over 160lbs.)
Anyway, I'm sticking with the board and bindings.

I'm presently residing in South Korea and FLOW boots (the obvious fit) do not seem to be available. Plus I know very little about them. I have a chance to pick up some IONS at a good price but before I invest any more cash, just wanna make sure if there aren't any better options. Unfortunately, the Driver Xs also seem to be scarce out here.
My first (mistake) pair of boots was a pair of Flows (don't remember model). They fit the Flow Binding well, although My current Northwaves are also fine.
Anyways, I found the boots a bit on the soft side, and a lil big in terms of foot print (though that may just mean that the northwaves have a smaller foot print).
They're [flow boots] are comfortable as long as you get one that fits right. I found that they are true to size. I'm an 11 shoe/sneaker, and found the size 11 flows comfortable (I switched cause I initially picked up the 11.5s and they didnt have 11s in stock later)

I do find the Northwaves to have more padding around the fore-foot, which is nice, and makes you feel more connected with the boot.
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