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Old 12-19-2013, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, and thanks for reading. I was just given some snowboard gear...My question is this: My board is about 8 cm shorter than what is recommended for my weight, however I have been running and completely changed my diet four months ago and am steadily losing weight, this is something I am serious about. SO I am wondering if it will be so horrible for me to start out on this board (it is a burton flying V feelgood board - rocker and camber, I think I was told?) I know I will continue to lose weight as I have been steadily all along, and I do not want to buy a new board that wont work next year. ( I really cant buy a new one now anyways). How is riding a board that is too short for me going to effect my first season of just learning anyway?

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What's the board size and your weight? A shorter board will help the learning process but once you start adding speed you'll want a board that fits you.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's a good idea to get your first board shorter than recommended.

Someday you may find at high speeds it's unstable, size up then. Or you may develop a riding style where this never happens and may never want to go up in size. Prefect choice for your first year or two, maybe forever.
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My board is a 152, and I am about 200 lbs.
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Thanks for the quick responses! I am really going to be bummed if I cant join my family on the slopes. I figured if I could make the board work for a couple of seasons at least, I would know what my regular size was going to be, and also have some riding experience.
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^^^ What he said. Nothing wrong with a slightly shorter board for learning. Although 8 cm is a lot shorter... Longer boards tend to be more stable at speed, so as the speed picks up you'll want to buy a proper length board.

Learning on free gear is good anyway, save your money and buy some good boots. In the spring look for a deal on a longer board unless you lose a LOT of weight!
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You guys are great, thanks!
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My board is a 152, and I am about 200 lbs.
Sorry didn't see that when I was posting. It's not going to be un-rideable, in fact it should be easier to learn on for the first couple days. That said at the moment you're probably better off on a 157-159 or so for learning. Even as you come down in weight, your ability level will come up with experience, basically cancelling out any change in optimum board length.

What's your target weight?
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I would like to get down somewhere between 130-150lbs. Not really sure, it will just depend on how I feel as I approach those numbers. I am 5'6", if that info helps. So are you saying, I shouldn't ride it more than just the first few lessons I get?
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I would like to get down somewhere between 130-150lbs. Not really sure, it will just depend on how I feel as I approach those numbers. I am 5'6", if that info helps. So are you saying, I shouldn't ride it more than just the first few lessons I get?
Thanks, yeah honestly it just depends on how fast you progress. I weigh 175 or so and was riding a 153 until a couple years ago. Now I ride a 160 regularly, a 156 feels short to me, and I just bought a 166 to play in the powder with!!!

As you start going faster, you'll reach a limit with that board. It's like having small tires on a big/fast car. For driving around the neighbourhood it's fine, get it on the highway and she'll start getting squirrely!!!

For somebody in the 130-150 lb range, a board in the low 150's will make sense, but by that time you'll probably want a more advanced board that something you got free.

Boots are the make or break item. Try on a million pairs of boots (hopefully with a GOOD shop person to help you) and go for the ones that fit the best, not the ones with the best features. They should fit snug, sort of like skates, instead of more loose like winter boots. Everybody I know that's gone from a bad fitting boot, to a great fitting boot has had a big "AH HA!" moment with snowboarding (myself included).

Have fun!
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