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    Posted: Jan/12/2011 at 11:02pm
My girlfriend is looking for a board and she doesn't like any women's board so I am wondering if she can ride on a men's board.

She is interested in 
2010 Sierra Crew
2010 Sierra Reverse Crew
2010 Sierra Stunt and..

1.riding ability:
                        - beginner (can turn both side, but cannot link turn)

2.riding preference:
                        - All mountain, Groomed, Powder 
                      
3.specs:
                        - 126 lb
                        - 165cm (about.. 5'4~5'5)
                        - age 21
                        - female
                        - shoe size 8.5

and I think Stunt probably not fit her, wondering if she can ride on 152 Sierra Crew.

Thanks for help!

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Seems everyone is asking why she doesn't like women's board. The only reason is that she think they are ugly! It's just the color and graph matter. 
As you can see, she is a beginner. She only care the price and how beautiful it is. 

So I probably considered myself as intermediate but none of us understand boards and we want to find a board that fit her with cheap price + her preference (color, graph...)

Thanks for all who helps!
 
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Problem solved. Thanks for everyone's help.
Feel free to recommend some boards =)

Thanks again!

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 4:57am
I think a reverse crew might be alright... maybe a little stiff but she could probably ride it.  A womens specific board will be better
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 5:04am
isnt the V-Spot pretty much the same board as the RC? Or does she not like the graphics on the Vspot?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 5:34am

Originally posted by bhswrestler150

isnt the V-Spot pretty much the same board as the RC? Or does she not like the graphics on the Vspot?

V-spot is the female version of the Sierra Stunt

http://www.trusnow.com/Sierra-V-Spot-Snowboards.asp
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 5:37am
I don't see why it would make that much of a difference.  The mens board is going to be made for a larger frame.  If she likes a men's specific board, just make sure you get one that's right for her size.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 6:54am
Looking at her specs, the 152 seems big for her.  She's 126lbs and she's got 8.5 boots plus she's a beginner.  I see several concerns with this when she says she wants a men's board over a women's. 

First men's board are a bit stiffer which is not ideal for a beginner when they're starting out.  If the board is stiff it responds faster so if she makes a mistake, then that means she'll end up on the ground. 

Second the waist width.  Women's boards are narrower to accommodate our smaller feet.  You say she has a women's 8.5 boots which is a normal women's size...not too big, not too small.  It'll be more difficult for her to go from edge to edge with a men's board since it'll be wider. 

If she's determined she can ride it, but it'll make it a tad difficult when someone is starting out. Btw why does she not like any of the women's boards?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 7:28am
Originally posted by hana24

Looking at her specs, the 152 seems big for her.  She's 126lbs and she's got 8.5 boots plus she's a beginner.  I see several concerns with this when she says she wants a men's board over a women's. 

First men's board are a bit stiffer which is not ideal for a beginner when they're starting out.  If the board is stiff it responds faster so if she makes a mistake, then that means she'll end up on the ground. 

Second the waist width.  Women's boards are narrower to accommodate our smaller feet.  You say she has a women's 8.5 boots which is a normal women's size...not too big, not too small.  It'll be more difficult for her to go from edge to edge with a men's board since it'll be wider. 

If she's determined she can ride it, but it'll make it a tad difficult when someone is starting out. Btw why does she not like any of the women's boards?
 
right on. And from what l can tell, female boards are actually lighter than male board. This may indeed mean that you'll ahve to carry her board around for her. And female 8.5 is not male 8.5, its probvably a 5-6 male size which is relatively small on a male board. At least you wouldn't have to worry about toe and heel drag....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 7:41am
I'm 130lbs, 5'2 woman and I consider a 152 to be large for me. I currently ride a 148 and am loathe to go much larger unless I'm riding a powder specific board. Why is she not interested in women's boards?

My advice, as a woman who started riding at the end of last year, is the smaller the board (within reason) the easier to learn to ride on. She'll find initiating turns to be much easier on a board that is smaller. The less board to control as you're learning to ride the better. Male boards don't usually offer the smaller sizes that smaller women need. Boot size has nothing to do with board size - just buy large bindings. Most women's boards in the 140-150 range will fit large bindings.

I learned on a Burton Social 142 (the Sierra V Spot) and moved up once I grew out of the beginner stage. Choose a rockered board (see the V Spot/Social; the Crew is cambered) - it'll make the process of learning much more enjoyable and less painful.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 3:11pm
Originally posted by bhswrestler150

isnt the V-Spot pretty much the same board as the RC? Or does she not like the graphics on the Vspot?

She doesn't like the woman on the V-Spot...She said it's scary.  Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 3:27pm
Show her the 2009 burton line up of womens boards. You will get a discounted price because they are last season and they came through with great graphics. Especially the lipstick... great board for beginners to advanced and has a graphic even the pickiest will love!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 3:43pm
Tell her she needs to deal with it.  Snowboarding isn't exactly about looking pretty.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 3:44pm
If she's never ridden a board specific for males, you should probably let her rent one that's the size she wants to ride. It will allow her to experience, first hand, what everyone is saying (stiffer, more responsive, wider). If she still wants to go that route after riding one, you'll probably feel a little better laying down the cash for it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 4:04pm
i dont know how much you are looking to spend but i have a '10 lipstick in a 149 i'd let go of with molotov bindings. they are used tho, if she is set on a new setup.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 6:41pm
I'm gonna guess the 152 is going to be kinda big for her.  I'm 6' 160 or so and i ride a 152 a lot of the time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 9:01pm
Out of the choices I would prob pick the 147 stunt. But I would go a lot more talking. I have seen a lot of cheap women boards. It talks awhile you can find one she likes. I talk one of the girl friends in getting a narrow banana b/c she didn't like the looks either. Check out Nitro and step child, they have womens boards she might like.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 10:08pm
Also why are you limited to the sierra boards?  You can look around at other companies and get a good cheap women's board from earlier years such as burton, capita, rome, etc etc. 

If she's picking purely on graphics, that is the worst way to pick a board.  Graphics can be hidden with stickers, but she should be picking a board based on what's best for her in terms of her riding ability and her size. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2011 at 11:27pm
Heaps of nice female boards to pick from, and pick based on the board not the "look" as per the above poster.

Though based purely on the flex the Stunt might be your best bet if you had to choose out of that lot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 9:48am
It's all about the board specs; the boards themselves don't check for a Y chromosome before they let you ride them.  If she can find something in her size that she likes, and would be appropriate for her, by all means, get it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 10:56am
Check this out:
 
Rossignol Justice Rocker 149
This is a reverse camber board. A friend of mine has this board and she loves it.
 
The price tag is $199, so just add something cheap to qualify for the $200 gets 20% off promotion, in the end you'll only be paying $160 or so for this board. That's a steal!
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 5:28pm
I'm about the same height and I ride a 144, it is about at my chin.  Shorter boards are better for beginners, they are easier to manuever.  152 sounds too big for her. I'm not that familiar with men's size boards but I don't know if there  are many that would be short enough for her. If she wants to ride a men's board rent first and see how they work before you spend money on a new board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 5:45pm
The only rental board I ever rode was a heavy, stiff Rossignol...worst board ever. So renting, unless it is the same board she wants to buy, would probably not give her an accurate view. Check out the Burton Hero. THey have the LTD version in a 149 which should fit her just fine.  http://www.trusnow.com/Burton-The-Hero-LTD-Snowboard.asp  The graphics would suit her since that is her priority, but I have been riding a Hero for 2 years and it is a super easy ride. NIce and flexy, it will help her learn to turn easier, it is hard to catch an edge so she will fall less, and the width will be fine with her 8.5 boots. If she wants a guy's board, that would be a great choice. It's a really fun board. Add a pair of Lexa bindings in large and she will be all set. http://www.trusnow.com/Burton-Lexa-Snowboard-Bindings.asp  The board is ICS but this binding is non- EST. THere is not much left in her size here in EST, but these will fit the board with the adapter disc you can get free by calling Burton, and also she will be able to use these bindings on some future non-ICS type board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 11:23pm
It seems having a man board is a bad idea! 

Thanks for everyone's help. 
I didn't notice that there is actually way more board for her to choose (didn't pay attention there is a "view more" button)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 6:23am
It sounds like you are going to get her on the right track.

I would ask her this since she is a beginner:
" Do you want to have fun or do you want to look pretty?"
If she says fun then buy her a woman's board.  If she says look pretty then politely suggest the day spa. :)  She has to understand that everyone wants a board that they like the way it looks but I have yet to find a single individual who is staring at how cool his board looks while he/she is riding the mountain.  Buying the wrong board for the way it looks is a recipe for exiting the sport for a beginner.
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Just buy her a $75 Lamar board with pink and flowers........she will be just as happy, and good enough for the green runs she will be riding for a while...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 1:05pm
Originally posted by shwazy

It sounds like you are going to get her on the right track.

I would ask her this since she is a beginner:
" Do you want to have fun or do you want to look pretty?"
If she says fun then buy her a woman's board.  If she says look pretty then politely suggest the day spa. :)  She has to understand that everyone wants a board that they like the way it looks but I have yet to find a single individual who is staring at how cool his board looks while he/she is riding the mountain.  Buying the wrong board for the way it looks is a recipe for exiting the sport for a beginner.

She told me today that the board look pretty or not doesn't matter that much. She said because I ask her to pick a nice looking board and we will go deeper to see if that fit so she cannot find one she like at the beginning. (and I thought she didn't want any of those ugly board, my bad...and bad communication between us...lol)

Now we focus on a affordable(in terms of price) board that can help her best enjoy the slope.


Originally posted by Robnaldo

Just buy her a $75 Lamar board with pink and flowers........she will be just as happy, and good enough for the green runs she will be riding for a while...

She can actually go on blue run. She just need to go not so fast.
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