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"You need a wide board dude", "No, a 255 will fit a size 14 nicely", "wide, wide, wide!". At this point I'm lost in a sea of thoughts concerning what board to buy. I got a local shop to create a fully custom board from the ground up, with graphics not found anywhere else on earth (badass right?). I need a light weight board for park, superpipe, and freestyle, yet strong enough to handle larger spins (like really big). So the shop owner (who is a very chill and nice guy all around) told me that a 163cm with a 25.5cm waist would fit a size 14. WiredSport (A company I'd recommend to anyone) said that would fit also. Now back to shop dude. He also would come with a carbon-fiber strip down the middle of the core to elimnate vibration and increase strength (A useful feature). Now if I do go with custom board I shell out 300-500, the board is one-of-a-kind, etc. But I really need input on this troubling matter. For reference I included pics with my Nidecker Axis with K2 CTS (XL) and Ride Anthem (15) boots.
 

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Are you on super hookup that you get a one-off for $300-$500? If not, that price to me screams low quality glass/base/finish. Have you given up on production boards? If so why?
 

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Is that Nidecker deck the 160 XL size? In that case I believe it has a waist width of 260mm and (depending on the side cut) it sure looks like you do not want to go narrower than that (assuming that you will be using the same boots).

As an aside: It looks like your boots are not centered across the board in your current set-up - there appears to be more toe than heel overhang.

Aside 2: Agree with nivek, that the price looks suspiciously low. Either somebody is giving you a real sweetheart deal (likely taking a loss) or this screams poor construction and materials.

If I were you, I would grab something like a Custom X in wide and ride happily in the knowledge that the extra money has bought me absolutely top-flight construction (and warranty!).
 

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I have had a reference to him so he gave me and my co-worker a discount. I don't have a distaste for production boards, but I would like something that I'll never see another rider using. Always be one of a kind.
 

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It's actually longer than 160 (tip-to-tail 163.5 I think) I use those size 15 as a fitter for boards if it can fit those then I will swap out with my size 14 and ride. I've looked at the custom x, but I don't think it's suitable for a heavier rider like myself (275).
 

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Where is this guy getting the boards made? His own press? If so at 275lbs I wouldn't spend $500 on a board not made in a real factory. That's a lot of weight on a board.

There are plenty of options factory built...
 

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There used to be a board company in his home town. I tried to tour the factory but wasn't able to contact them. Not sure they are still in business. I forgot the name of the place but it is in one of my past posts.
 

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He has his own press and topsheet and basesheet creator. The store has been there since I can remeber. He is very experienced in creating boards and is working on a new line of race boards.
 

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This is the guy I talked to about getting a board, I even showed him my artwork that I wanted for a graphic.
 

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I just went through my local store and tried on every boot inside, 14 just stuck with me. I also wear 14 in normal shoes.
 

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It's actually longer than 160 (tip-to-tail 163.5 I think) I use those size 15 as a fitter for boards if it can fit those then I will swap out with my size 14 and ride. I've looked at the custom x, but I don't think it's suitable for a heavier rider like myself (275).
What makes you think that the Custom X is not a good board for heavy riders? If anything the opposite is true - it is an excellent deck especially for heavy riders.

If you are just looking for unique graphics, why not buy a proper board and get a vinyl top sheet sticker?
 

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It's actually longer than 160 (tip-to-tail 163.5 I think) I use those size 15 as a fitter for boards if it can fit those then I will swap out with my size 14 and ride. I've looked at the custom x, but I don't think it's suitable for a heavier rider like myself (275).
i havent ridden a custom x, my friend has one (he's 260 and rates it highly) but i weigh 275 and have ridden Lib's Gnu's and now on a ride berzerker and all have felt strong enough and stable enough for me. If i were you i would spend my $500 on a known quality company board that comes with a warranty. But thats just me.
 

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Did you already buy the board? You're about my size (I am one boot size smaller), and I have no issues with boards. Yeah there is some toe over hang but it's managable.

Wide Options I know of without researching:

Never Summer Revolver or any of their boards that ends with an X

Lip Tech Sunk Ape

So many companies make a wide version of their boards (Burton, Jones, Niche, etc). Dude, if you do the custom thats cool, it's your board -be happy, but I don't think you need too (expecially with all the end of season sales, and clearance sales that are going to start as the '14 gear roles in).
 

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And if you're going to go custom, I'd look at Doneks or Priors. Build quality is damn good on both. The doneks are known to be stiff which would work well with your weight.

Doneks are $600 or so including custom waist widths. Although their calculator spits out a wider waist than 25.5.
 

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I haven't bought it yet, but it's getting to the point of now or never. I'm locked between several companies including Nitro, Ride, Burton, Flow etc. But I will most likely hit the red button on either the GUN Park Pickle, Camp Seven Uprise, or the Burton Custom X. I really wanted to have a custom base because I have some bomber art species I wanted to use.
 

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Actually I haven't and never knew what a brannock was, until today. Being a DIY type, I've never gotten any of my equipment fitted or dialed.
 

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I have had a reference to him so he gave me and my co-worker a discount. I don't have a distaste for production boards, but I would like something that I'll never see another rider using. Always be one of a kind.
your problem isn't production boards or wide boards its this
 
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