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    Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 2:13pm
So I am pretty new to boarding. Been out 5 times now getting the basics down. I like mountain riding on groomed snow and want to get into powder sometime. I am not interested in park at all. I ride in the duck stance.

I am 6'2", 180 to 190 lbs, with size US 13 feet.

I really wanted to get a Sierra board... either the Crew or the BlueBird... or even the Reverse Crew. The problem is that the Crew 160w only has a waist width of 259mm (BlueBird 256, and Reverse Crew 260mm). I read Ippy's Snowboard Buying Guide on the forum... and what I took away from the width section is that I need a board wider than any Sierra has to offer. Am I correct? Is there no hope?

I went to a ski shop today (Action Sports in Old Saybrook, CT) and they said none of the Sierra boards would work for me and suggested a Rome Agent 160w (waist width of 264) instead. It is on sale for $400 marked down from $500, but I was really looking forward to the quality and savings of the Sierra brand (a couple of my friends with smaller feet swear by the brand).

I heard from a friend that I could get away with a more narrow board if I buy Burton boots because their profile is one size smaller or something than other brands. I feel like I want to call BS on that, but I thought heck, throw it out there anyways.

Thanks for any advice in advance,
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 2:16pm
Sierra Crew 160W will be plenty big if your shoe size is around an 11-13. its a great board at a great price. Reverse Crew is more for the park
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 3:49pm
The ski shop guy said I'd have bad toe drag... but then again he is trying to sell me their board... not exactly impartial
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 3:53pm
I'd find something with a WW of 265mm+
if i jumped onto your back, would you beat me off?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 4:25pm

get something around 158cm wit a waist width of 262mm. if you get skringe tech boots, then you can go down to a 258mm waist width.

if you like the sierra boards, i'll suggest the crew for its reg. camber and is a great deal wit the S90 package. all my buddies learned faster on a reg. cambered board. i let em ride my reverse camber and they wash out a lot (Lol). where wit reg. camber, they felt more comfortable b/c its more stable and edge hold. either 157w (257mm waist width) or 160w (259mm waist width) should work. a few mm wont be a big problem, if you need to, go wider wit your stance and more duck footed, just a hair will do the trick if you do get toe drag, but i doubt it. 157w would be easier to learn on since is shorter, so it'll be easier to turn and linkin turns. stability won't be too much of a lost compare to 160w since is just a little more than an inch of a diffence and not too many are gonna go fast enough to really notice the difference. so the benefical of the short board will be more benefical than a longer board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 4:32pm
you will need a wide...http://www.trusnow.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40125 but read this first. well, it seems you read it...but with size 13's down-sized or not, you will still need a wide(sorry to say), unless you want to run some steep angles...the rome agent is a quality board, and a 160w would be a good size for you...and it's always good to have a cordial relationship with your local shop. if $ is an issue, the wide versions of the rc and crew would be good choices.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 5:16pm
At your weight a board at 160cm seems like a good fit...you could potentially go a little bit smaller but I wouldn't.  260ww is probably okay at 13 because you are just learning and it is unlikely that you will get so far on edge to get toe and heel drag...but what you could do is take your boots to a local shop and see how far over the edges your boots hang with 260ww just to be extra careful...this will only help you if you know what to look for.

And yes Burton's shrink tech does reduce the footprint of the boot by almost one size.

If you are a groomer guy primarily then go camber imo.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 5:36pm
k2 raygun 160 ride lx bindings and burton freestyle boots i would recomend
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 6:05pm
Your more than likely to get drag either way you go, but if you balance the toe and heel it might work.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2011 at 6:33pm
the 160 W will work fine. i'd call bs on the burton boots too. i have burtons in 13 and if anything they're bigger
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