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Advice on Board size please

Hi, I am new to this forum and was hoping for some advice.....

I have recently returned from Park City Utah and was looking at new boards there. The guy in the shop seemed to think that my current board was far too small for me and was recommending much bigger boards - I was using my lib tech on this trip.... my stats are -

Height - 5'8
Weight - 185 lbs
Boards - lib tech 08 T.Rice 153, Pat Moore Slayer 155, Burton Blunt 151
Bindings - Union Data Reunion Hemp, Burton Catel 2011, Union Force 2012
Stance +18/-14
This is my third season of riding and was wondering if I do need a larger board and would appreciate any thouhgts or ideas about this? I ride mainly on groomed and ungroomed slopes - not park.

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Forgot to say I am looking at T.Rice lib tech 157 boards at present?
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Forgot to say I am looking at T.Rice lib tech 157 boards at present?
I'm 5'8" and I've been told 158. Looking at a 159 currently. And one guy today told me a I should go 162 for the kind of riding I'm aiming to do. Steeps, trees, powder, and speed.
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Depends on the board, check each boards suggested weight range and try to find one that you're in the middle of. I'm 175 lb and ride a Burton T7 159. I was considering a Kessler Ride 163. The low 150s is too short for you, even the 157 might be too short.

Also, not sure how you came up with that stance but it seems really wide to me. Have you tried playing with the stance? Nothing wrong with a 33 deg separation but I feel my legs are most natural around 20 degrees apart. I've got mine set at +9/-9, used to be at +15/-15 but found myself wanting to toe in a bit.
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I ended up going with a 165 due to DF not having a 162. It's definitely rideable, very stable, and a huge improvement over my 158. That could have a little to do with board characteristics as well, but I could tell most of the added bonuses of my new board was due to length. If I didn't know any better I'd swear a longer board was a cheater board, for the riding I do. It helped that much.

That said, in the end I'm going to go with a 162. While I could ride the 165 all day it's just a bit too much work to ride properly. I think I can get the same benefits from the 162 and a bit more practice.

Hope that helps a...
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Holly crap i rent a board at the mountain i go to and they give me a 154 saying its the largest.


I am 6"3 180 pounds
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