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So this season, possibly next season I'll be upgrading my board. At the moment I ride an '03 Burton Custom 158. I'm 5'7, 150lbs. So yea, I believe it was a bit big for me, but I still loved it. I ride all mountain a little bit of park so I'm hoping the lib tech TRS, maybe T.Rice pro, would be perfect for me. Any opinions?

Anyhow, back to the main topic. Once I do upgrade my board my wife was interested in taking over my Burton. She's 5'7, 135lbs. She's not a very good rider as she's only went out a handful of times. So would my old board work out for her? I'm not sure if there would be a difference between my board and a woman's board? I'll guess that the board is waaaaaaay to big for her, but I don't know.

What do you guys think?
 

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no chance in hell.

You admit that the board is "too big for you" and you outweigh her by 15 pounds plus whatever difference in musculature inheres between men/women. And her feet will probably be too small to optimally pressure the edges on a men's board of that legnth. What makes you think that this would be a good option for her???

A 158cm board is massive for a woman. I'd wager most manufacturers don't even make women's boards that long and those boards are designed with the female frame in mind. Your '03 custom isn't designed with a 135 pound chick in mind. She needs a woman's board or a much shorter men's board.
 

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I don´t know your wife´s riding but I´d like to point out:
I´m 5´8 130lbs and I´ve been riding a Salomon Burner 157 since day 13.
This season I got myself a 159 Atomic. and my wife has declared she is keeping my Salomon, she loves it!
She is 5´6 and weighs the same.
Women specific boards are just marketing BS. Putting girly graphics on a perfect board for light weights. Not all girls are into girly graphics either. Stiffness is a personal choice. We like stiff boards.
 

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The Burner 157 we ride has 25.3 mm waist width. Our boot size is US 7.5 mens.
It is difficult to find longer boards for smaller people without the nose/waist width progressively getting wider. I´d like to get a 161 and most boards go to 25.7 at that length. There are some that fits our requirements.
 

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Women specific boards are just marketing BS. Putting girly graphics on a perfect board for light weights. Not all girls are into girly graphics either. Stiffness is a personal choice. We like stiff boards.
You sir, are stuck in 1999. :thumbsdown:

OP: david_z has it right. If it's too big for you, then it's definitely too big for her. Although women can ride men's boards, a women's board would be softer, come in smaller sizes, and have a smaller waist width.
 

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And you are sucked in by marketing.
There are perfectly good boards from 5 years ago.
Done any research on board make and width? Do you know that specs change year to year even on one model ?
Like I said, stiffness is a personal choice. I fully recommend softer flex for a beginner, and I myself contemplated buying a women´s model. yeah, shitty graphics. But now we like stiff in the tail softer in the nose boards.
I don´t think you know what your talking about and giving presumed ideas most people think as logical. If you have read my post, I stated facts from our personal experience. Are you our size anyway?
 

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I´ll give you a good example.

Rome Vinyl 2005 directional twin with setback, good all round board, heaps of pop, handles powder, etc. Very light. No girly graphics. for both sex. Transworld good wood. We have one.

Rome Vinyl for the last few years, turned in to a twin tip center stanced, girly graphics women´s board. Don´t see many girls riding it.

ain´t no 1999.
 

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"And you are sucked in by marketing." Not really. When I said that you were stuck in 1999, I meant that the days of shrink and pink are over. Many companies are making boards with women's needs in mind, employing female research teams. I did not mean that boards haven't changed since then.

"There are perfectly good boards from 5 years ago." True.

"Done any research on board make and width? Do you know that specs change year to year even on one model?"
Uh. Yes. I'm not a fucking moron.

"Like I said, stiffness is a personal choice." No shit

"Are you our size anyway?" What is it with "us"? Apparently, you and your wife are the same height and weight, with the same strengths, have the same boot size, ride the same boards, and have the same flex preferences. That's....weird.... Regardless, I'm 5' tall, so I doubt you are my size.

And the Vinyl's a great board. I often recommend it for progressing female riders.
 

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So this season, possibly next season I'll be upgrading my board. At the moment I ride an '03 Burton Custom 158. I'm 5'7, 150lbs. So yea, I believe it was a bit big for me, but I still loved it. I ride all mountain a little bit of park so I'm hoping the lib tech TRS, maybe T.Rice pro, would be perfect for me. Any opinions?

Anyhow, back to the main topic. Once I do upgrade my board my wife was interested in taking over my Burton. She's 5'7, 135lbs. She's not a very good rider as she's only went out a handful of times. So would my old board work out for her? I'm not sure if there would be a difference between my board and a woman's board? I'll guess that the board is waaaaaaay to big for her, but I don't know.

What do you guys think?
This board will be way too big for her. I am personally 5' 10" and I ride a 152 Sierrascope and a 153 Never Summer Evo. I would never ride a 158...I think it would be too big.

I recently got a Gnu B-Nice 148 for my gf...she is 5'7" 130-135 lbs. You should check it out. We got the 2010 version for $260. I really think this is a huge bang for your buck for the progressing female ride. Spend the extra bucks and get something thats right for her. Her riding will love it later....good luck!
 

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If your lady is built like the Amazonian ladies, then toss her a men's board overhand and call it a day.

If she's more petite, she will no doubt benefit from a woman's specific board. I'm small and I like my board light, quick, and narrow, with stiffness when I need it, and softness when I don't. It's a lot to ask for, but there are boards that can do it. The NS Infinity is my stick. She's a beauty. My sister is around 5'6", 130lbs, and she likes being on a 149.

It's preference. Put her on the board. If she likes it, hurray! If she's struggling to turn the effing thing, then you have your answer.
 

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I'm with lilfoot on this one. If your girl is looking to progress as a rider, I would get her a nice woman specific board. They DO make boards that are stiffer in the female category. Sure, she may be able to ride your old Custom, but I'm almost positive she won't be able to make the leaps and bounds in progression that you did on it, assuming you did so... I'm not trying to stir up the shit storm, but who doesn't love taking a new board out for the first time and making it their bitch after a few runs?! :thumbsup:
 

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I'm not trying to stir up the shit storm, but who doesn't love taking a new board out for the first time and making it their bitch after a few runs?! :thumbsup:
:) neither am I - I just think that putting the wife on an 8-year old plank that's way too long for her (by any brand's suggested size charts) when she's a "not very good rider" is a bad idea that's all.
 

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:) neither am I - I just think that putting the wife on an 8-year old plank that's way too long for her (by any brand's suggested size charts) when she's a "not very good rider" is a bad idea that's all.
I agree man. I'm mostly referring to the obscenities and personal attacks as the "shit storm" :(
 

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Obscenities and personal attacks? What r u talking about? You are taking it wrong. Sorry if you get that impression but not my fault.
The point is : I feel that a lot of people and marketing suggest to people to get shorter boards. It´s not all about board length. You got to look at width and your boot size, too. And regardless of how much experience people have they don´t make that connection because they are set in their own thinking.
I have an Atomic Radon CT and it´s wide. 4mm more waist makes a big difference. It´s great in powder and carves well in hardpack provided the surface is smooth. When it gets bumpy, the wider nose picks them up and it becomes difficult. I have a 22 stance and my bindings are at max stance. If there was a hole to the nose, I´d love to move it.
There are new boards out there marketed as powder specific, like Malolo, CharlieSlasher, Hovercraft, but they are just shorter wider boards. Great if you got the money to buy them, and if you are a heavier guy, I´m sure it´s attractiveness is about being a shorter board around 157. But My thinkings is, I have a US7.5 mens feet and I can ride a mid-wide board at this length with a big set back, not necessary new technology, and have myself a powder board.
It works. You can get a old board and cut a V in the tail (cut the edge with a hacksaw first before using power tools). You get a swallowtail. You can sink you tail to get a pivot in powder so the nose lifts. Don´t need Rocker in this case.
The other way is for me to go longer keeping the narrow waist and nose but let the length give you float in pow and the effective edge for icy situations. Not to mention stability for speed.
I agree, it´s all personal choice and that is the reason I made this post. If you like your boards short, sweet as... If you try a new board, ie)longer, don´t expect to make a big leap just because of that. It took me a week to adjust from 151 to 157, but my wife dunnit in 2 days. Not about muscle, either.
I don´t care if you agree with me or not, but it´s my personal experience, and if this gives some people to have a new look at board specs and your option, different way to think, I am happy for that.
Brain storm. No shit storm.
 

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Not to jack the thread but I wonder what the OP´s wife is riding now?

We have 4 boards amongst us 151 ~ 159 in length.
Don´t believe one board can do it all..

Rome Vinyl 151 2005
Santa Cruz TT Fusion 151 2006
Salomon Burner 157 2008
Atomic Radon CT 159 2008

All bought as previous years´ stock.
Don´t believe in manufacturers´ size charts either. If I did, I´d be riding women´s boards myself ( actually I lost weight, 120lbs at the mo) :laugh:
Seriously, I look for boards that gives me options to move my bindings. For example, Jone´s solution. max stance 28in. Very few people have a max stance of 28 but this will give me a lot of options for moving my binding.
When I first bought 151 boards, I had to look for boards that had more than 22 in stance width. I had a rental board for two days in the beginning and worked out that´s what I wanted.
You think board manufactures would know with their research team etc... NOT! Because it´s a short board doesn´t mean one has a narrow stance width.
 

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I don´t know your wife´s riding but I´d like to point out:
I´m 5´8 130lbs and I´ve been riding a Salomon Burner 157 since day 13.
This season I got myself a 159 Atomic. and my wife has declared she is keeping my Salomon, she loves it!
She is 5´6 and weighs the same.
Women specific boards are just marketing BS. Putting girly graphics on a perfect board for light weights. Not all girls are into girly graphics either. Stiffness is a personal choice. We like stiff boards.
I'm calling Bullshit on you Broski.

Let me just give you one example and don't question my credibility, I'm surrounded by people who visit R&D facilities of many snowboard, ski, and other sports brands. I have seen plenty of videos (taken by our employees) of these places too.

Our board buyer, who is female by the way, visited K2/Ride's facility. First of all, they share the same building, but the R&D for each brand is totally separate.

She was invited to be a female tester for their prototypes. She saw the design and manufacturing process first hand. Female boards are designed specifically for females. Lighter, softer, more narrow, different flex pattern. The flex pattern is different because women have a different center of gravity so obviously the leveraging is different from a male's. Ride even employs a female designer. They take input only from female riders. No male testers whatsoever.

The reason why your wife can ride your board and love it is because in the end, any rider can enjoy any board if they want to. So why design a female specific board anyway then? Because the intent is to optimize the ride as much as possible for the female rider.

Hell, women could use male cologne if they want and still smell good. But why would they when there are fragrances for women? You know, all that sugary plant life smelling stuff.

So yea OP, your 135lb wife with whatever foot size can ride your 158 Custom... heck, she might even love it. But, especially if she is learning, she is going to have a better time on a board designed specifically for her body type and gender.

Nimbin, you are flat out wrong with your assumptions. As for manufacturer's size charts, they are important mostly for beginning riders. Also, they are not absolute and there are exceptions. You sound like you are one of those exceptions. I'm guessing that you are tall for your 120lb frame. This is an instant when height does come into board sizing for three reasons:

1) Boards in the 120lb weight range won't always accommodate a stance for someone that is say 5'11

2) Even though someone is 120lbs, they will have considerable leverage at 5'11 over a board in say a 151cm size causing it to flex softer than intended

3) Being really tall for your weight can also mean that you have big feet so a small board built for your weight might be too narrow for your foot size

Again, none of this matters in the end especially for experienced riders. We can adjust to any type of board. I'm sure those of us that are experienced could detach our front doors, cut a half-assed snowboard shape out of it, mount some bindings, and start riding. This is likely not going to be the same story for a beginner. Sure, a 135lb woman can learn on a mens 158 stiff board, but I'm sure she will have a better and easier time learning on a womens 152ish softer board.

Here's another analogy for this:

Why give a driver's ed student a Ferrari or Hummer to learn on when you could give them a Civic? Don't you think it would much easier for them to learn how to drive in a Civic? I've been driving for over 11 years. I can drive any production car now just fine. When I was learning, I had the misfortune of driving my parent's massive Town Car. Parallel parking that boat was not fun. It was much easier in my friend's Civic.
 

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Quote/ Female boards are designed specifically for females. Lighter, softer, more narrow, different flex pattern. The flex pattern is different because women have a different center of gravity so obviously the leveraging is different from a male's. /unquote

That´s bollocks. Women´s center of gravity being different to mens. Pure rubbish, generalised.
Bend your knees and your center of gravity will drop close to the board.
Your center of gravity falls somewhere in between your legs, and it changes by slope angle and you can change it.

The reason that having female testers are their keen sensitivity. When you don´t have the weight to muscle things, you do things differently.
That´s my point. I totally agree by optimising the equipment.
That means - The boards should not be a male/ female thing.
There are light weight people regardles of sex, and I certainly think it would be a benefit, when that classification is broken. Nothing wrong about women desighning for light weight males IMHO. :laugh:

The only women´s specific equipment should be boots. Different anatomy, ankle and calf shape.
But then again, people have all sorts of shape.
 

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That´s bollocks. Women´s center of gravity being different to mens. Pure rubbish, generalised.
Wow, I think I'm done debating with you haha. I can't believe you just made that comment. I suggest you look up some human anatomy. You should have learned about this difference in center of gravity in basic biology. Hell, I learned it in 8th grade science.

Do this with your wife...

Get a chair, make sure the back of the chair is no higher than waist level. Put it against a wall. Stand in front of the wall facing it, and bend down at 90 degrees and have the top of your head resting against the wall. Pick up the chair and without bending your knees or dropping the chair back down, stand upright. Remember, don't bend your knees or anything like that, just lift your body straight up while still holding the chair up.

Have your wife do the same then tell me the results.

By the way, what experience are you speaking from? I guess all those facilities and tours are bullocks. Companies love wasting money on seperate R&D for women specific gear.
 

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Wow, lots of opinions on this. I appreciate every pov on it! I guess when it comes down to it she can try my old plank and see what she thinks. If it's a no-go, we'll get her a new board.

She was riding random boards this whole time. Just whatever board she could get her hands on for the day. I'm sure that's a huge reason why she hasn't really progressed. Once we get her on a stick meant just for her I'm sure she'll come up nicely though.

So, to continue the thread, any cheaper boards out there that would do her well? Again, she's 5'7 135ish lbs, size 8 men's boot... not sure what the equivelant would be to women's sizes :dunno:
 

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Wow, lots of opinions on this. I appreciate every pov on it! I guess when it comes down to it she can try my old plank and see what she thinks. If it's a no-go, we'll get her a new board.

She was riding random boards this whole time. Just whatever board she could get her hands on for the day. I'm sure that's a huge reason why she hasn't really progressed. Once we get her on a stick meant just for her I'm sure she'll come up nicely though.

So, to continue the thread, any cheaper boards out there that would do her well? Again, she's 5'7 135ish lbs, size 8 men's boot... not sure what the equivelant would be to women's sizes :dunno:
GNU B-Nice...my local shop as has it for $255 right now. Its the 2010 model and graphics are a bit odd...but you cannot beat it for the tech GNU puts into them. Banana tech, magnetraction, etc. Soft flex, hand-made, and durable. Can't go wrong. Good luck. Your girl's also go some pretty large feet for her size...make sure you are getting the right boot size and waist width of the board.
 
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