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ok so i need some real input here . im 6'6" 300lbs size 15 boots. im a bloody giant i know and new to the sport . so here the deal im about to buy my first board . ive been looking in to thing and found due to my giantness . i need a big ass board right . so as ive been told i need lik 168 and up ive found well pretty much the only three boards i found that will fit me. so ok my three pics are the ride highlife ,Ride berzerker and lib tech skunkape . so here where im at i hear ride is a much more forgiving board all around to learn on over the lib tch. and second should i get my board at 168 or 172 . or will i even notice the differences well i learn ? any input would be great . thanks guys
 

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I would have the OP on a 165 or 169 Skunk Ape, depending on experience (complete beginner or at least some experience) and conditions.
The Ape is a pretty burly board, so he could possibly downsize to the 165 which would be a bit more manageable (and also have a better resale value). On the other hand, once he gets his basic techniques down, at his size (and assuming he is not all lard) he could handle almost any board.

Finally, not sure where the idea that the Ride boards are "more forgiving board all around to learn on" comes from. Definitely not true for the Highlife.
 

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I'm with hktrdr on this one. Lib Skunk would be great, to start with, and the 165W would be really versatile for ya.

Nothin against Ride, they make good sticks, and the Highlife 168W would be good too, but less forgiving than a C2BTX board for sure.
 

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Please spend some time learning how to fall.
 

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Im 6'6" 200lbs, i like riding boards in the 160 to 164 wide range. I have owned a highlife, i would not recommend that board, i think the other 2 are probably better options considering you are starting out. I would guess the 165w would be good to start and then keep if you like freestyle and add a bigger board later if you ride alot of pow.
 

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Thanks for the input guys . I'm really leaning to the bezerker 168w mostly because the price tag for one and Ialso know I will be getting in to powdered at some point this year . Now just to find outer wear
 

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We are close in size, I'm a bit shorter and lighter but not much, and I ride 162W all the time. No issues in any form of powder from ankle to nipple deep. I prefer to save whatever maneuverability I can by keeping the board as short as comfortable. The long boards get cumbersome in trees and bumps. Over 150 days last season and not a single issue.

I will stick with 162W to 166W in my opinion is the range you will have the most comfort on.....
 

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We are close in size, I'm a bit shorter and lighter but not much, and I ride 162W all the time. No issues in any form of powder from ankle to nipple deep. I prefer to save whatever maneuverability I can by keeping the board as short as comfortable. The long boards get cumbersome in trees and bumps. Over 150 days last season and not a single issue.

I will stick with 162W to 166W in my opinion is the range you will have the most comfort on.....[/QUOTED


Thanks Iski and rod a 168 and found I needed longer skis (but that's still when I rented ) so I dont want to drop all that cash and not be happy right . Thanks for the input though .it all helps
 

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FWIW, I've been riding a couple years and really like my 166w. But I was fine my first year and a half or so on a pretty soft cheapo 164w. My stats are near yours, 6'5", 265, size 15 boot. I'd say don't overthink it too much and you'll be fine.
 
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