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Old 01-07-2008, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I'm not a typical boarder. I'm about 5'9" and 260+ pounds. BUT SNOWBOARDING ROCKS! I went to the mountain this weekend with a friend and my son. I was really hesitant because all the snowboarders I see are in extrememly great shape. I gained a lot of weight over the years and now I'm 34 and fat! However, I use to skateboard when I was young. Well I got up on the mountain and in less then 5 minutes, I took a beginner lesson, I was skating, and then boarding down our green runs (whichever is the beginner run). It felt great! I got people saying at the end of the run "Look, Mom, that guy is bigger then dad and he can board maybe Dad will come." I won't lie I did get some "giggles" because of my size, but most everyone was impressed I was able to board. I got down the mountain second try without falling. I'm not proud of the fact that I'm fat, but it was amazing that I was able to do this. I think I have some muscle in me because I used to play a lot of sports in my younger days: football, field hockey, rugby.

But here are some tips, and I'm going to ask in the boards forum:

* Get clothes that fit. I used XL snow pants and they fit fine if I'm not moving but as soon as I started boarding and kneeling on the board I started getting plumber crack
* They don't make step-ins but I hear good things about FLOW and K2 Cinch. I'm going to get one of them I found my most tiring time was when I tried to strap into the board. Bending over I was too much out of breath because of my "gut" being compressed, again, probably due to the wrong size pants
* Ride a 3 man ski chair by yourself hard to balance the chair when 1 person weighs so much
* Ask the instructor how many times he's going to have you practice falling and getting up. We had fresh snow, is this whats referred to as "powder"?, and it took all my strength to keep getting back up because I sunk and so did my arms trying to push me up

All I can say to the fat people keep trying you'll get gawkers and laughers but people started to respect the fact that I was carving down the mountain, not only were they surprised because of my height/weight, but it was also my first time. I'm going to post in your board forum for some advice on boards/boots/binds for fat people after I do some "searches" on your forums.

I hope to see everyone else on the mountain if you have any tips for "fat guys" please let me know! I hope to see everyone up there, and after you're done laughing at me maybe we can carve and be friends
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Haha, sounds like you had a good time. I can honestly say I don't have any tips for "fat guys" and please don't take offense that I used your term for it so freely but I'm glad you are giving it a shot and even gladder you like it. I hear so many people say that they are too old, their knees are too weak etc. Pffft, lousy excuses I'd say, keep at it and take more lessons, you'll be ripping it up, and even if you don't lose weight (not sure if it's even a goal) you will still get in way better shape. At your weight I'm going to say you will probably want to make sure you get some durable bindings (Ride, Burton, Drake etc.) I was a total beginner and I blew up a pair of Agency bindings in about 4 trips up so strong bindings are important if you are going to eat it a lot or ride agressively. Have fun!
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a GREAT TIME! Yeah losing weight is not one of my goals. I tried and failed miserable, so I just want to have fun with my 11 year old son. I posted another thread with the setup I wanted in the board thread, the problem for me was getting in and out of strap bindings seemed to wear me out more then getting up off the snow. I fell more times then I wanted this trip, but I figure the more runs I get the better, and I wanted to reduce what made me tired. And plopping on my butt strapping in and getting back up killed me. I couldn't strap in just standing straight up, or sitting down.

I will definetly keep going, no excuses for me. I was all "glitter" eyed because my son was "WOW my dad can board and he's FAT". Yeah no offense please use the term "FAT" freely I do I know I'm fat.
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Right on, you have the perfect attitude for snowboarding. As far as a board I have ridden that I would reccomend to you.... I have a Burton Bullet 164 that would work well for you and depending on what angle you set your bindings at/foot size an M3 Discord 161.5 would also be a nice choice. If you have bigger feet, I believe the M3 Talon is actually just a wide version of the Discord. Both boards can usually be found for $200 or so and are excellent beginner boards, the Burton Bullet, a very nice board but not quite as cheap as an M3. Don't forget though, there are many good companies out there and I'm just sharing my experience with boards I've ridden.

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Sift through these pages, there are a bunch of M3's through there and also some other boards that would make great beginner boards. The price is right on most of them. Don't make the same mistake I did when I bought my first board, go talk to someone who can make reccomendations in store and show you the differences in sidewalls, shapes, twin, all mountain etc etc and how all those things affect the way you ride. And for your first board don't have any reserve only spending $150-$200 because once you figure out your style and what you're all about on the mountain, you can drop the $$$$ for a board that you really like and will really suit you. My first board still gets ridden by me somewhat often, but my needs/desires definitely changed as my skills did. Never hesitate to ask here, a lot of people here have ridden a lot of boards and can tell you a lot about them.

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Old 01-07-2008, 11:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My boss goes snowboarding with us once in while, hes 6'6" and 300 pounds. Surprisingly hes very smooth on the mountain. He cant find pants that fit him though, he wears jeans.
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Isn't great what kids make you do when you're old and fat. My kids made me try snowboarding 6 yrs ago at the ripe age of 44 when I was a desk jocky. Well they still let me ride with them...I'm the driver to the hill. Now I'm gunning for 25-30 days of riding this year, am no longer that fat, in better shape and try to stay in shape all year long so that I can at least try to keep up with the kids...but keeping up with them is a lost battle...I now get an ocassional mercy ride with my 13 year old daughter..."dad what took you so long."

I say get some good quality/durable gear, at least immediate level board (probably longer and wider), drake or union bindings, and quality outerware. BTW you will learn little tricks that help strapping in and getting up and down...I'd rather be doing ab crunches on the hill than in a gym. Have fun. and get a hydration bag and drink lots of water...it really helps with the endurance on the hill.
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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would flow bindings work any better, you think?

with flows you slide your foot in & then you lock the binding by snapping the highback up. so you can put them on by kneeling on the snow, snap in & then push up, instead of trying to get up from a sitting position.

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Old 01-08-2008, 07:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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or alpine bindings...




not exactly sure how they work as i've never used them or even seen them done, but i've seen a guy on our local hill "strapped" into them. i know you have to wear hard boots with them though.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for encouragement and advice. I actually had the post split. I was telling about my general experience here and then I went to the "board" forum to ask for a recommended setup. As far as flows go for bindings I am looking at K2 Cinch's and Flows, leaning towards the K2 for easy in and out. In my board post I said that getting into the bindings, bending over, and trying to strap them on actually wore me down then they should have, not to mention the instructor telling us to fall and get up like 20 times in a row didn't help, since I'm fat.

I really do like the encouragement and appreciate all the help. Just to do a quick recap of what I posted in the "boards" forum since everyone here is eager and willing to help me out, and thanks for accepting my "fat" butt into your ranks I was thinking of:

* Salomon Solace boots for their quick tie capability and removable liner
* K2 Cinch (CTS) CTL bindings look like straps with ratchets but easy insert with the dropping highback
* Lamar Cruiser 163 board because its all mountain and cheap while I learn

Yes, its amazing what your kids make you do, but I'm going to try and get into better shape because just getting up off the snow was a workout, and I figure the more runs I get the better I get

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Boots are the most important, try on lots...every brand and model available, get the best fitting irregardless of price or any other consideration. Also helmet is a must...fixin brains is not like fixin bones and is a hell of a lot less expensive than a MRI in the ER
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