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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-20-2009, 09:35 PM
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Hi!! I need help deciding...

Hi! I've been lurking here for a while and finally decided to sign up for an account yesterday. I'm finally buying my own board and I'm planning on purchasing it this week. I've narrowed it down to a few choices.

I would love something that can grow with me for a few seasons so I don't have to buy a new board too soon.

I am 5'1" and I weigh 130...I plan on getting a board for just mountain stuff, but I may decide to try some park this year. I would probably classify myself as a beginner to intermediate, but I pick up on things pretty easily

Here are the boards that I am liking so far...

Artec Vixen
Burton Feather
Burton Avenue (only because I found it as a 2nd w/a blemish on the top graphic for only $224...there is no way I would be paying $500 for my first board!)

and I was also thinking about the Atomic Fallen Angel or Atomic Tuesday.

Also, would any brand bindings go okay with the boards I chose...or is there a specific?

I appreciate any advice that you guys have b/c I am sooo not sure what to really look for in my first board..but I've tried to come up with some good, level-headed boards!

OH YEAH...and I'm 24...so no more growing for me..and I work out..just to maintain some muscle and keep off the flab...so I shouldn't be gaining weight either

((oh and I already have my boots...DC Flare and I wear a size 7 in wmns))

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 01:44 PM
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go to the hill, do a performance rental and then try/demo 3-4 boards that day (most performance rental packages allow you to try out several boards...if you find one you really like, they might even sell it to you at a good discount), its a good way to try some different higher end boards. Try a rocker with mag in your mix of demos. btw take notes on the model and size so that later you can compare the specs and tech with other boards. You are probably in the 144-148, narrower waist, medium flex ballpark and don't discount twin shape for when you advance to riding switch. And there are lots of great used women's boards cause it is fairly rare that women beat their boards to death like guys do.

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you have to be careful w/ burton boards... as with the new ones you have no choice but to buy burton bindings as no others will mount up on their new track system. this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but be prepared to pay the price for burton bindings. ie you might get a deal on your board, but then have to spend a pretty penny for burton bindings to go with it.

at 5'1" 130lbs, the longest board i'd go with if i were you is a 149. if you're way more newbie than confident, i'd go as short as a 139. if you're smack in the middle, 144/145 range.

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