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Old 02-15-2010, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've always loved watchng snowboarding and latley have really wanted to get into it.

I'm 5'11 (180 cm) and about 300lbs and I was wondering if its posible for me to do it. if so what kind of board/gear do I need? what size board? any hepl is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Of course its possible for you to snowboard!
I would suggest some flow NXT bindings for starters so you dont have to prop yourself up off the snow all the time which can be difficult if you are packing a few extra pounds or have a bodgy knee,back etc.
As far as boards and sizing goes I would look at anything over 164 in size and probably something a bit on the stiffer side.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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there is a local board im looking at its a 174cm Men's Salomon Fast track snowboard would this be ok for me?

if not can anyone suggest some websites that sell bigger boards? Im in london ontario so they would need to be near there or ship there.

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Old 02-16-2010, 12:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I myself am 6'2" and 320 lbs. I learned to ride on a 168 Nitro Magnum, I felt that 168 was a great length for me, as mentioned before, you should be fine learning on a 164 or even a 166, or 168. IMO a 174 will be too much board to handle when you are learning. Whatever you decide to go with, just know, you will spend alot of time on your bum for the first couple times, unless you are fairly athletic. Stick with it man, the payoff is awesome!! We need more big guys on the hill!
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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special blend gear is pretty damn huge
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Of course its possible for you to snowboard!
I would suggest some flow NXT bindings for starters so you dont have to prop yourself up off the snow all the time which can be difficult if you are packing a few extra pounds or have a bodgy knee,back etc.
As far as boards and sizing goes I would look at anything over 164 in size and probably something a bit on the stiffer side.
This is the best advice!!! I took my big buddy boarding and he had a hell of a time even strapping in. If you have good flexibility and some stamina you should be fine. This was also not his first time, he had boarded alot as a teen, which was 100lbs ago and said he had no idea how much harder it would be now that he was bigger. I also agree on not getting a board that is too big as it will just add to the difficulty of learning.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm 350 lbs, I've been snowboarding a couple of times it's and let me tell you it's awesome. I haven't been on a board in 2 seasons now because of a knee injury in June of 08 and surgery in May of 09. I used the rental boards at the slopes I went to, I always figured why mess up my own while still learning. If you haven't tried it out yet, you should rent so you can try different board sizes until you feel comfortable, and once you get a hang of the sport buy your own board and bindings.

now on another note please I am begging you, if you find anything for larger sized gear let me know. I've used a snow bib since day 1. It works great, but gets to be a pain in the butt with the shoulder straps. The only reason I'm even using the bib is because I've scoured the lands and found 0 + sized gear. I've called burton, bonfire, northface, columbia, and 1 other company and they all say 1 of 2 things 1) We do have a couple of XXXL products, but it is very limited as there isn't much demand for it. 2) Sorry we currently don't produce any products in that size. Now I'm looking to upgrade and get new gear, mainly because I'm using the bib for work, when it snows. like i said if you find anything from anywhere. a store or online please get the phone # or url for the site.

good luck with your hunt and have fun on the slopes

BTW: sorry for the repost, I spelt my original user name wrong, so I changed it to this and deleted my original post.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ok im now looking at a 167cm board but people have told me to get a stiffer one? how do you meause the stiffnes? or do you?

thanks to everyone so far for all the great advice and help.
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boards that are meant for freeride are stiffer than park boards. and yes, you want a stiffer board at that weight for sure. if you go to a shop, they will help you out and find a board perfect for ya.

hope ya like boarding man, have fun!
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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can anyone tell me if this board would be good for me

5150 path 166cm snowboard

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1000-Grade Extruded Die-Cut Base goes fast and tunes faster
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