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post #1 of 10
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I'm a new snowboarder, I just tried it at the end of the season (the snowboarders always look like they are having so much fun so I thought I'd give it a try). So I had rental equipment, boots 2 sizes too big, stance a few inches too wide, and my toes were pretty far from the edge of the board. Not a good set up, but it was still really fun.

 

To avoid the bad rental set up next season I thought I would go ahead and buy. I'll probably still ski more than snowboard so whatever I buy now will probably be okay for a few seasons.

 

The problem I'm finding now that I've done some online research to determine the correct size board, stance, etc for me is that the women's boards and boots are too big. I'm 5'0', 115 lbs and I need a size 3 in snowboard boots (my ski boots are 21.5 mondo and are about a half size too big).

 

So, it appears I will have to get junior equipment. Is junior snowboard equipment okay for an adult? And as I progress and want more advanced gear am I going to have problems finding gear? Or does anyone know of any manufacturers that make smaller sizes?

 

I've been searching online since I was hoping to get a good deal and I'm looking at the K2 Kandi board in a 137 length which has a stance width of 17" and waist width of 22.86 and it's listed as intermediate to advanced. Any thoughts on whether this might be okay for me? Or suggestions for where to look or what to look for?

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post #2 of 10

Hi Sandi,

 

You might want to consider the Rossignol Mini.  It's a kid's length board with an adult stance.  I've ridden one and it's a blast to ride.  Here's an article someone wrote about them awhile back.  They made a women's 119 cm.   If my wife (5' 0"")decides to try boarding I'll start her on a board like this.

 

Our inventory system says we have one in stock but it may be in the warehouse.  If you're interested I could try to find it.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Intriguing. Would it be easier to learn on a board that short? Or would it be less stable? As I said I'm a newbie and I'm used to my nice long skis. 

 

I wonder what the stance width is? The problem I'm finding with adult boards is the stance width is too wide for my short legs (maybe that is something that can be adjusted?) and that the board itself is too wide for my small feet. On the rental I had it was really hard to do anything on the toe edge because my toes were a couple inches away from the edge. My instructor said I needed a narrower board.

 

The mini looks fun though! I'm envisioning myself playing in the terrain park now.smile.gif  I guess I should get the basics down first though.

post #4 of 10

Greetings,

I'm a tiny female (5'0", size 4-5 feet depending on the brand and 115lbs) I started 3 seasons ago (this'll be my 4th). I started out in Burton Coco size 5 boots, a pair of 30$ firefly kids girl bindings and the firefly Whoop board 130cm...also made for kids...honk if you see a trend developing. It's insanely tough to find stuff my size (huge shocker...) so I'm finding kids stuff fits me better (also a bonus, it's lighter on my pockets). I recently upgraded my boots and bindings for the upcoming season (the toe strap on my 30$ ones broke...boo!). I will be riding in K2 Vandal boys boots in size 4 mainly because I wanted a BOA boot and these ones were nice and snug where I wanted them to be and still pretty stiff. Through my boot searching endeavours, I found that most kids boots are FAR too soft for me but a lot of boots in adults sizes are too wide in the ankle to keep my foot snug as a bug. After 2 hours of trying on boots, I found the K2 Vandals and fell in love the minute I cranked them up. They ended up costing me 140$, which is cheap compared to adult boots with BOA (yay, an upside to being small). Btw, personally I prefer the BOA. Now on to binding issues. I had looked up review upon review for bindings that would match my level of riding and the fact that I just started in the park and love the pipe. So I was all psyched to get Burton Scribes from last season (soooo much cheaper than getting this season's model, 137$). When I got to the store, I was told Burton didn't make the Scribe binding in small...and the kids Scribe binding only fit up to size 3...I almost cried myself a tiny river. I tried the Vandals in every binding they had in small but there was only one other toe cap strap option and that was a feature that I was dead set on. It was the Ride Phenom (a kids boy binding). It was really nice, it was a really close second. I like that the rubber mesh strap could be used as both an over the toe strap and a cap strap (which might appeal to you since there's versatility in figuring out which you prefer). But me being stubborn, I went over and grabbed the box of Scribes in medium. Now idk if it's the fact that the Vandals are boys instead of women, but with a lot of adjusting, I got the Scribes in medium to fit with the boots. They do not, however, fit with my Burton Cocos from my previous seasons so I got lucky. Next to be upgraded is my board. I perceive there will be more battles trying to find something size appropriate. I'd love a Roxy Banana Smoothie board but it's quite long (142 being the shortest size) I'd like to stick close to my current size or close to it. Based on my research I'll probably go with a Burton Process Smalls or a Rossignol Tesla Amptek Girls (both kids boards but are reviewed as beginner to advanced). Leaning more towards the Burton Process Smalls though. Anyways, I hope you have a great season!

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post #5 of 10

What an interesting question! I am sure @patmoore has a more detailed perspective on this issue as he appears to work in the industry, but to me something in the 130s seems to make sense. I am guessing that your weight will be a good guide here, but of course something higher than 145 seems really big for 5'0".

 

I wonder if the Burton Nugget (women's edition) in the 134 size might appeal to you: http://www.burton.com/default/burton-nugget-snowboard/W16-107001.html?q=nug

 

It is primarily marketed as a smaller board that allows you to go down 10cm from your normal length to learn tricks easier (theoretically), but in your case it could work really nicely for you as a "regular" length. 

 

Since you are located in Indiana, you may also enjoy Magne-Traction edges, which make icy conditions much easier to cope with. A number of manufacturers employ this type of technology, but I am most familiar with Lib-Tech. You might consider the Banana Blaster BTX, or if you plan on progressing aggressively, the T. Ripper C2 BTX:

http://www.lib-tech.com/snowboards/banana-blaster/?sku=5222220

http://www.lib-tech.com/snowboards/t-ripper/?sku=5222105

 

I don't think youth specific gear will cause problems - but this is just conjecture on my part.

 

In terms of getting a good deal, it probably makes sense to look in the outlets for last year's gear or wait until late January/February when this year's gear starts to get marked down. My unscientific observation has been that many snowboards will be marked down 25-35% and often don't get marked down significantly more until months later, if at all.

post #6 of 10

Have you tried calling thehouse? They've probably got some opinions worth listening to and maybe some deals you might like if Pat can't help you.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sandi View Post

I'm a new snowboarder, I just tried it at the end of the season (the snowboarders always look like they are having so much fun so I thought I'd give it a try). So I had rental equipment, boots 2 sizes too big, stance a few inches too wide, and my toes were pretty far from the edge of the board. Not a good set up, but it was still really fun.

To avoid the bad rental set up next season I thought I would go ahead and buy. I'll probably still ski more than snowboard so whatever I buy now will probably be okay for a few seasons.

The problem I'm finding now that I've done some online research to determine the correct size board, stance, etc for me is that the women's boards and boots are too big. I'm 5'0', 115 lbs and I need a size 3 in snowboard boots (my ski boots are 21.5 mondo and are about a half size too big).

So, it appears I will have to get junior equipment. Is junior snowboard equipment okay for an adult? And as I progress and want more advanced gear am I going to have problems finding gear? Or does anyone know of any manufacturers that make smaller sizes?

I've been searching online since I was hoping to get a good deal and I'm looking at the K2 Kandi board in a 137 length which has a stance width of 17" and waist width of 22.86 and it's listed as intermediate to advanced. Any thoughts on whether this might be okay for me? Or suggestions for where to look or what to look for?

Hi Sandi,

I'm the same size as you and wanted to see what snowboards you've tried over the last few years and hopefully get your feedback on them since finding gear for our size is challenging.

My biggest problem is finding a board with a narrow enough waist width for my small size feet. Most boards that have an appropriate width are either under 130cm in length or have a stance width that is too narrow.

Thanks for your help!
post #8 of 10

I'm about your size: 5'0" size 5 street shoes, 21.5 ski boots.  I've been riding for a few years on a women's board.  The manufacturer is Ride.  It's all good.

post #9 of 10
Sorry I didn't see this post earlier and I'm afraid I wouldn't have been much help. I retired 18 months ago. We're you able to find something suitable?
post #10 of 10

Have you gone to any local shops that can give you a better idea and put you in some stuff? Or, you can always try hitting up next season and looking out for the vendors when they go and you can try before you buy. You can still try before you buy just better with the big vendors are out on the mountain, could be worth it. 

 

I've been snowboarding for 2 years now (this was my second year) and I'm 5'5"1/2 and about 120 lbs and my board is a 147 Arbor but my feet are big lol.. I wear size 9 but they seem a bit snug and are Burton boots.. They have 130s in women's boards online.. I've seen them on evo.com and thehouse.com too.. Just have to find what you like to ride and how you ride.. If you plan on doing park or just mountain.. I just ride mountain and plan on only riding mountain.. maybe get into some small jumps in a year or two but that's about it.. nothing crazy :) I have the Arbor Popparazzi board.. and love it! Great starter board and am heading to get a Never Summer board next.. 

 

Hope you found something! 

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