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Hey all, thought I might make my first post an interesting one with some very common and newbie questions you have all never heard yet! :giggle:

So I'm 16, 5'10 real skinny at about 130lbs. I'm coming off my first board, a 148 K2 WWW that I felt was getting too small and a little tooflexy and park oriented, want it to handle better on groomers but still work for park.

I ride a lot of park and want to advance my park skills this year on rails, boxes, and bigger jumps, but I also enjoy fast carving on groomers,riding powder, pretty much everything. I dont want an all mountain because I ride too much park. So I have come to the conclusion after a lot of research the skate banana is right for me, shred the park but the whole mountain as well. How unique of me right?

Im quite tall for my height, and wouldnt mind growing into the board to have it longer, but obviously dont want it too long so this season it doesnt handle correctly. I dont do much spinning (yet) off jumps or on the ground so I'm not too worried about it being too long for that, but I want it to handle nicely everywhere. I havent ridden many boards so I'm not very knowledgable on how length, width, rocker type all affect the ride, going pretty much off research.

Overview: 5'10 130lbs still growing ride a lot of park, powder, groomers, no idea what size to get, 152 154 156? Want as big as I can go without sacrificing too much handling. Hopefully someone who has ridden the Lib Tech Skate Banana can give me some advice or anyone with a general knowledge of snowboard sizing. I hear this board rides big is that a deciding factor as well? Thanks in advance :)
 

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I am 5'11 135pounds and for park i normally ride between a 149-153 for park (personal preference) Usually for park you size down a little bit but if your wanting to go all mountain i would go toward a 154-156 range. If your really serious about wanting to ride park though, i wouldn't get a skate banana. Why? Park boards get beat up more and don't last as long and the skate banana is a little over priced for a basic park board. They get worn out pretty quick, i know this from experience. If you want to get a park board that will still performs good for pow and groomers, the Capita Indoor Survival could be a good choice to name one.
 

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I am 5'11 135pounds and for park i normally ride between a 149-153 for park (personal preference) Usually for park you size down a little bit but if your wanting to go all mountain i would go toward a 154-156 range. If your really serious about wanting to ride park though, i wouldn't get a skate banana. Why? Park boards get beat up more and don't last as long and the skate banana is a little over priced for a basic park board. They get worn out pretty quick, i know this from experience. If you want to get a park board that will still performs good for pow and groomers, the Capita Indoor Survival could be a good choice to name one.
Thanks for the advice! The Indoor looks like it would be a good fit for my needs, and I like that its 40 dollars cheaper too. So the Skate Banan doesnt hold up very well? I mean even though I do park I wont be bashing it on stuff I'm pretty careful and do more basic park features but I'm sure the base will get a lot of wear maybe the edges too, on the skate banana it is a noticeable problem?

Another thing had me on the skate banana was the magne traction. I ride a lot in less than ideal conditions and from what I've heard it really helps when carving on ice and hardpack. Do you know of any other similar typed boards like the nana or indoor, made for park/all mountain that have magne traction? Or is it really that big of a factor to worry about? is it really that good?
 

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In my opinion it flexes out into a piece of cardboard lol, once it does that its super chattery and squarely. However the magne traction will help combat that, if your riding on ice most the time then its good to have.
 

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In my opinion it flexes out into a piece of cardboard lol, once it does that its super chattery and squarely. However the magne traction will help combat that, if your riding on ice most the time then its good to have.
Horse shit. I have a 4 year old Banana that I have tried to beat to a pulp and still rides pretty well - including at speed or down steeps. It is a quality deck with quality construction.

And Magnetraction does not nothing to address chatter or a squirrel-ly ride - it helps with edge hold in in icy/marginal conditions.
 

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Horse shit. I have a 4 year old Banana that I have tried to beat to a pulp and still rides pretty well - including at speed or down steeps. It is a quality deck with quality construction.

And Magnetraction does not nothing to address chatter or a squirrel-ly ride - it helps with edge hold in in icy/marginal conditions.
Cool good to know, have any tips on sizing?
 

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I use the skate banana for park. It does have a squirrelly ride but I that's do to its banana rocker shape. It a quality board and pretty damn tough. I prefer camber rocker camber now but I can't talk bad about the skate banana. For what you plan on riding, I'd get 152-154 maybe even 156 and it would ride good all mountain.

Magna traction. I honstely couldn't tell a better edge hold on hard pack and ice but I think that has to do with the shape and effective edge. The tip and tell have alot of chatter but its a good board for playing around all over the mountain.
 

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I use the skate banana for park. It does have a squirrelly ride but I that's do to its banana rocker shape. It a quality board and pretty damn tough. I prefer camber rocker camber now but I can't talk bad about the skate banana. For what you plan on riding, I'd get 152-154 maybe even 156 and it would ride good all mountain.

Magna traction. I honstely couldn't tell a better edge hold on hard pack and ice but I think that has to do with the shape and effective edge. The tip and tell have alot of chatter but its a good board for playing around all over the mountain.
Thanks, Im set on the skate banana, but just curious what other boards to you prefer over the SB?

And I'm tempted to get the 156...but do you think it would be too big for park? I'm not doing super technical tricks or anything but would I notice it being too big and getting in the way of maneurving it when doing ollies, rails, and stuff?

slightly bigger size would be better for jumps without spins and all mountain, I dont spins off jumps anyway though I'd like to learn. Ill do 180s and 270s and stuff off little hips and stuff.
 

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Thanks, Im set on the skate banana, but just curious what other boards to you prefer over the SB?

And I'm tempted to get the 156...but do you think it would be too big for park? I'm not doing super technical tricks or anything but would I notice it being too big and getting in the way of maneurving it when doing ollies, rails, and stuff?

slightly bigger size would be better for jumps without spins and all mountain, I dont spins off jumps anyway though I'd like to learn. Ill do 180s and 270s and stuff off little hips and stuff.
Picking between those sizes will make little or no difference - the shorter ones would not really be any less stable on jumps and the longer ones not any less maneuverable.
 

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Thanks, Im set on the skate banana, but just curious what other boards to you prefer over the SB?

And I'm tempted to get the 156...but do you think it would be too big for park? I'm not doing super technical tricks or anything but would I notice it being too big and getting in the way of maneurving it when doing ollies, rails, and stuff?

slightly bigger size would be better for jumps without spins and all mountain, I dont spins off jumps anyway though I'd like to learn. Ill do 180s and 270s and stuff off little hips and stuff.
You would absolutely not notice the size in the park unless you are going hard as hell in the park. I do all you just named with my 158Never Summer SL and proto. If you aren't hard core park I'd focus on an all mountain board with decent flex.

You can do all those sweet park tricks with a medium flex board and still enjoy the rest of the mountain.

You have a huge selection of amazing all mountain boards.
 

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Thanks, Im set on the skate banana, but just curious what other boards to you prefer over the SB?

And I'm tempted to get the 156...but do you think it would be too big for park? I'm not doing super technical tricks or anything but would I notice it being too big and getting in the way of maneurving it when doing ollies, rails, and stuff?

slightly bigger size would be better for jumps without spins and all mountain, I dont spins off jumps anyway though I'd like to learn. Ill do 180s and 270s and stuff off little hips and stuff.
You would absolutely not notice the size in the park unless you are going hard as hell in the park. I do all you just named with my 158Never Summer SL and proto. If you aren't hard core park I'd focus on an all mountain board with decent flex.

You can do all those sweet park tricks with a medium flex board and still enjoy the rest of the mountain.

You have a huge selection of amazing all mountain boards.

If you want my suggestion. Never Summer proto HD. 152-154. You will need no other board after
 

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Alright cool, i think Ill get the 156. I hear the skate banana for a park board does a great job all around the mountain, so I think Ill get that, Ill check out the proto though. the SB might be a little too jib oriented for some, but Im coming off a K2 world wide weapon super flexy park board that i rode all over the mountain on so Im used to flexy board and the skate banana would be flexy but work better all around the mountain too.
 

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Honestly tho. The banana is awesome and I bet you will really enjoy it. Plus the experience of trying different boards is so much better then any review or suggestion. Get that shit man. And test its limits
 

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Oh yeah I totally will, cant wait to get the board and I'm so pumped for this season! Hope to be able to demo some boards and try all my friends boards and stuff, I've read tons on technology and shapes but really havent ridden more than like 2 boards haha. Wanna get a feel for what its all like.

Thanks for your help
 

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You couldn't have a better plan. I visualize the tricks I plan to achieve this season. Keeps me from sleep sometimes. Since you like park, have tried any practice equipment? Let me find info and edit.


Aratikusa.com I think
Watch the videos.

I made my own but you get the idea.
 

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You couldn't have a better plan. I visualize the tricks I plan to achieve this season. Keeps me from sleep sometimes. Since you like park, have tried any practice equipment? Let me find info and edit.


Aratikusa.com I think
Watch the videos.

I made my own but you get the idea.
They work really well too, good for training. Saw it on Youtube but wasn't about to spend money to so I made my own. I found an old kids playhouse that are made of plastic and I took one of the walls and then I just cut through it going from top to bottom and mounted it onto a base. I spin and jump onto the flat rounded end(not the side I sawed off cause that would be really rough)

Like this:
 

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Horse shit. I have a 4 year old Banana that I have tried to beat to a pulp and still rides pretty well - including at speed or down steeps. It is a quality deck with quality construction.

And Magnetraction does not nothing to address chatter or a squirrel-ly ride - it helps with edge hold in in icy/marginal conditions.
Lol lucky you then. Not in my experience...
 
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