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Hey guys,

I'm trying to find myself my first board (I have hired in the past), and I was thinking about getting something eco-friendly with the sweet natural bamboo finish.

I have looked at brands like Arbor and Niche and I like what I see, but they seem to offer very little for women..

I am 5'6"
I weigh 50kg
I am female
no freestyle, just freeride
I consider myself somewhere between beginner and intermediate, but I am working a snow season this June and hope to progress in this time.

I have been told that I need a board around 145cm long, though I'm not really sure if this is correct.

Regardless, what is the best performing/looking eco friendly snowboard on the market for women?
 

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I built a nice lil 145 pow board for my (now) wife.
Its bamboo and paulownia core with natural hardwood top sheet.
Not sure of anywhere you can get something similar though. If you want to have a chat just shoot me a pm, I might be able to help you out.

This is a pic of it on the left before I drilled the inserts out.
 

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I built a nice lil 145 pow board for my (now) wife.
Its bamboo and paulownia core with natural hardwood top sheet.
Not sure of anywhere you can get something similar though. If you want to have a chat just shoot me a pm, I might be able to help you out.

This is a pic of it on the left before I drilled the inserts out.
Great looking boards.
 

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what is an eco-friendly board? does it have to have two very very thin cores so you can call it a hybrid? maybe it should be made of rhubarb or something?
 

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basically you want a board with a bamboo finish.

the eco friendly stuff is just greenwash. get something that's built local and that is built well, take care of it and keep it for a few seasons and mother earth will thank you more than if you buy something with an eco friendly tag on it.
 

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some of the Mervin family boards are made with "sustainable" bamboo cores, bio-based (ie corn or soy based) plastics, and made with "environmentally friendly" processes.
 

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I've heard good things about the Arbor Cadence.

as far as an eco-friendly board, don't listen to the haters.
even if it's a miniscule drop in the ocean of snowboaridng, it's still doing something.

bamboo is faster growing than most woods, so it is easier to replenish, and it also makes for burly boards.

CAPiTA uses certified reforested sustainable cores in most of their boards. check out the Jess Kimura or Birds of a Feather.

Mervin (Lib Tech & Gnu) uses a few eco-friendly processes as stated before, and Burton is working their way toward having a few more boards pressed with less of a carbon footprint, as well.
 

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bamboo is faster growing than most woods
yeah except it's grown 1. overseas and needs to be shipped and 2. in places where there's very little legislation to control how it's actually done. just do a quick google search and you'll see bamboo is not all that green.

I'm all for the "drop in the ocean" but only as long as you're not actually going backwards.
 

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yeah except it's grown 1. overseas and needs to be shipped and 2. in places where there's very little legislation to control how it's actually done. just do a quick google search and you'll see bamboo is not all that green.

I'm all for the "drop in the ocean" but only as long as you're not actually going backwards.
Apparently its an invasive species causing major problems in NJ and some other places on the east coast right now.




You want an Eco-friendly board? Then just get a used board can't get more Eco-friendly than recycling
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Apparently its an invasive species causing major problems in NJ and some other places on the east coast right now.
Time to release a panda population to control for this neophyte plague :D

BTW (and off topic ;): there recently was a new release of a very nice book of Bernhard Kegel on this topic of invasive/introduced species. German title is "Die Ameise als Tramp: Von biologischen Invasionen". Hope it will be translated to English soon.
 

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Time to release a panda population to control for this neophyte plague :D

BTW (and off topic ;): there recently was a new release of a very nice book of Bernhard Kegel on this topic of invasive/introduced species. German title is "Die Ameise als Tramp: Von biologischen Invasionen". Hope it will be translated to English soon.
Pandas can't muster enough energy to have sex, I don't see them invading and saving NJ anytime soon. :D

Carnivores that are too lazy to chase meat so they eat bamboo they can't even digest. Cute and all, but I don't think there's any species more asking for extinction, other than us of course :dunno:
 

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Pandas can't muster enough energy to have sex, I don't see them invading and saving NJ anytime soon. :D

Carnivores that are too lazy to chase meat so they eat bamboo they can't even digest. Cute and all, but I don't think there's any species more asking for extinction, other than us of course :dunno:
And Cheetahs. So overly specialized on high speed prey that they use up all energy to build up speed and are too exhausted to defend their catch n loose it to lions, hyena, leopard n wild dogs. Beautiful animal, king of speed, but kind of the looser in the Red Queen's race.
 
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