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Too much board 166?

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
I got a Arbor A-Frame on sale two seasons
ago. I am 5'9" 160#, mid 40's, don't snowboard
alot, prefer to surf or skate. My son is 150# and
does well on his 158 Element.

Would I notice much of a difference going 160-162?
I know I should borrow my son's board but he is
regular and I am goofy.

A good used Salomon Burner 162 is for sale in town.
Is it likely that a smaller deck will be more fun for me?
post #2 of 3

It depends. In powder, this board might work well for you. It could also work well for high speed cruising. But for all around groomed snow riding and any park/pipe work this board is probably too long for you. If you're an intermediate or lower rider, one advantage a longer board might have for you is that it will be easier for you to flex. But in this case, you'd still be better off with a shorter AND softer board. Because you surf and skate, you should be able to move up to advanced riding quickly. But having a board that is too stiff and too long will hinder your progress.

I'm 5'10", 240 and riding a 168 board. That's taller, 50% heavier and an advanced rider. If you're an intermediate or lower rider, you should be looking for something closer to 150 and finding a board that has a softer flex. Once you master working the board, then you can move up in length and stiffness. If you move up before you're ready, you'll develop cheater habits and ride inefficently.

Regular or goofy makes no difference to the board. The bindings can be easily adjusted back and forth.

The best answer to your question is "demo days". Find out when your local mountain has manufacturers visit with free demos. Get out and try boards of different lengths and stiffnesses.
post #3 of 3

A larger board will give you more stability, sacrificing a little in quickness.  I am 5'8" , 165 # mid 40s and ride a Rad Air Tanker 172.  It is still quick edge to edge and provides nice float in the powder.  I was concerned that the board would be hard to manage in the bumps and trees but it has been no problem at all.  I have not used my 160 Volkl Cross in the 3 years since I got the 172.  It was supposed to be my soft snow board but has become my "one board to rule them all". 


I tried a wider 177 version of the same board and did not like it.  I found the extra width made me work too hard to get the board on edge and was slower edged to edge.  Therusty is right that you need to make sure that the board is not too stiff for you.  You only really need a wide board if you have big feet.  If you are planning on riding in the park and doing jumps and spins, I would stay away from a longer board but otherwise, I wouldn't hesitate to get a longer board.  I doubt you would notice the change in length from 158 to 160.  That's 1 cm either end.  As long as you are within the design wieght for the board, you will be fine.  Demo if you can but there is no reason to be frightened of going a bit longer.

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