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So my girlfriend has been borrowing old equipment for over a year now that barely fits and it’s time to get her something decent to ride. I’ve already found a nice deal on last year’s 32 prions and I’m considering the Ride VXn’s for bindings. The only thing I’m not sure on is the board. She’s about 5’4” and 140lbs with size 9 boots. I was thinking she could ride something in the 148-150cm range. She wants to try some park but I’d want to get her something that will be good as an all-mountain board. Oh, and she’s an art major and very picky about the graphics…but I’ll do my best to convince her if there is a really good board out there.

Anyway, I’m trying to keep the board around/under $200, which isn’t too hard with all of the deals on last years stuff. The three boards she likes (based on looks out of all the boards I could find), are:
DC BFF 150 (2008/2009) $160
GNU B-Real 147 (2009) $175
Arbor Eden 148 (2009/2010) $200

The DC seems like a really good deal but I’ve heard some reviews of it being too soft, maybe not good for all mountain. But I do like the idea of getting her more of a park-centric board as long as it rides well for other things as well. I’m just a little nervous that they have so many so cheap (does no one like them?). The Arbor doesn’t sound bad to me, and I’ve heard people like them as a brand. Just a little pricier. Not sure on the GNU except I've heard good things about the company for boards.

So I’m open to other suggestions or opinions on these three boards. I’m hoping to surprise her with an early x-mas gift. Let me know which of these you think would be best for her or if there are other good deals out there I should consider instead.
 

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Make sure you check waist and tip/tail widths. She's got some gigantic feet for her size. I think you've got the right idea with the size range for her height/weight, but just not sure about toe drag.
 

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The b-real is a directional twin cambered, may be go more of a true twin rocker btx like b-nice for park or b-street for jibby stuff. Last year's groomer/mini park board (I don't do park except for little short straight airs)was 08 b-nice btx/cambered 153 (the 09 b-nice became nannard, iirc). otoh, if she only been riding a year or so, any decent intermediate/advanced all mtn twin will work until she developes her skillz, style and preference. Size 9 shouldn't be a problem with toe drag in the 148-150 range.
 
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Thanks for the feedback!

Triple8Sol:
I had done a little checking on some size calculators that take height/weight/shoe size plus ability and style into consideration and they give a length and waist width. Seemed like the widths looked good for what those said (not sure how accurate it is) as wrathfuldeity confirms.

wrathfuldeity:
And she doesn't need a park-specific board. She wants to be able to ride all over but she's going to try a little park (boxes and smaller jumps at least). So I'm thinking an all-mountain board will be best for now. The directional-twin should be fine and I'm okay sticking with regular camber. Or do you really think she'd be better off with a true twin?

Anyway, I'm hearing more and more good things about the Eden so I'm leaning toward that. Still looking for more suggestions or opinions on those boards.
 
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