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Trippy 03-04-2014 11:37 AM

New to the sport
 
Hey, long time skier, new boarder. I am in my 30's now and my children are old enough to start skiing. I have recently gotten into the sport and I love it. I want to buy my own equipment but I'm not sure what is the right size for me. I am 5'8 and 190lbs and from what I read, 154-155 is the size that I should be looking at.

However, I think I have found a good deal on an Academy board that is 158. Being that I am new and still learning, will this board be too tall for me? I know that this is all vague info but I am just trying to decide weather I should stay with a smaller board or will I enjoy the longer one later? I am not a park rider, I think I will mostly do free ride stuff.

speedjason 03-04-2014 11:40 AM

at 190 lbs I think you need bigger than 154 board. 154cm is for around 160lbs ish. so I would say a 158cm will fit your 190lbs weight better. and no it will not be too long for you cuz its mostly depending on weight. if you not doing park, longer will give you better grip in less than perfect conditions.
what Academy board are you looking at and whats your price range. for starting out people tend to recommend rocker boards cuz they are easy to learn on and less edge catching but if you do freeride a lot you will grow out of it very quickly. so pick a hybrid camber or just go camber. riding camber board will make you know the discipline of riding make you a better rider.

Trippy 03-04-2014 11:46 AM

Hey, I am not 100% sure of all the dimensions of the board yet, but here is the ad that I am looking at...

K2 and Academy. Brand New Snowboard Package New in boxes. - Kingston Sports Goods For Sale - Kijiji Kingston Canada.

Thanks for the feedback!!

speedjason 03-04-2014 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Trippy (Post 1586873)
Hey, I am not 100% sure of all the dimensions of the board yet, but here is the ad that I am looking at...

K2 and Academy. Brand New Snowboard Package New in boxes. - Kingston Sports Goods For Sale - Kijiji Kingston Canada.

Thanks for the feedback!!

seems like a camber board so you should be good.

Trippy 03-04-2014 11:56 AM

what is the general consensus on Academy boards? I know Burton and K2 are popular. Where would Academy fit among other manufacturers?

MeanJoe 03-04-2014 12:23 PM

I agree with others, you'd be good on a 158. That said, don't get too caught up on it. I'm a lot bigger than you and I ride everything from a 154 to a 168. I can't rail on the 154 at top speed but I sure can have a lot of fun playing around on the groomers and in the park on it. I split my time between that and my 158 which is also fine in the park and lets me go as fast as I want on the groomers. When I feel like ludicrous speed is needed (cause light speed is too slow), I can pull the cambered 168.

Flex rating will also have a factor. A 158 wet noodle is still a wet noodle. :-D

Edit: And welcome to snowboarding!

MeanJoe

Trippy 03-04-2014 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by MeanJoe (Post 1587081)
A wet noodle is still a wet noodle. :-D

MeanJoe

Haha, thanks!!! You sound like my wife.

Aphraidknot 03-05-2014 07:51 PM

I'm the same measurements and I ride a 159. I used to ride a 151 when I was younger, but I am in love with my current board. I am a very recreational rider , hanging out in parks at small mountains and trees and groomers on big mountains and I love my Park Pickle. They are right, switching from a full camber to a full rocker, makes it almost impossible for me to make petty mistakes.


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