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Hey everyone, beginner snowboarder here! I'm really excited to join this community and excel at this sport but I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out what works for my body type regarding gear ect. My body type is very unique as I'm a very short man of 4'10, around 130-135lbs. Low to the ground and strong...I don't want to get gear that is not good enough quality but it seems like the only boards, boots (size 5 kids), bindings I'll ever be able to ride are children, perhaps women? I've heard some people say to stay away from kids and then others to say to go for them.

Does anyone have any advice in any capacity as to any specific boards, shoes, ect to buy for myself? I'm sure someone else has been in this awkward in-between position. I rode a 130cm board the other day and it seemed like something I would outgrow pretty quickly so I bought I 138cm board, it hits the bottom of my nose. Hope I didn't go too big.

Thanks!
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Also look at K2 - they've got some good unisex options like the Passport and Excavator - really depends also what you're looking for in a board. Jones also do some really good womens boards with graphics that are pretty neutral like their Mind Expander, Stratos and Flagship range.

Waist width is something to be mindful of though with a Size 5 kids - did I read that right? Find a good boot/binding match I'd suggest and then look for a suitable board.
 

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Gotcha. That's kinda what I was thinking. Any opinion as to whether I should go for kids bindings or womens
I'll be honest, I know very little about kids and/or womens bindings. I'd hazard a guess that Womens bindings would be the better option, not sure how sturdy some of the kids bindings would be.
 
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