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    Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 10:51am
So I found a great deal on a powder board, but I am trying to decide if I am big enough for it...

I am about 5-10/5-11, and with all my gear on, probably around 190... the board is a 164...

I have been riding for around 9 years, and learned on a 160, but currently ride an all-mountain 158...

I just recently moved to CO from NC, and would like to start getting into some deeper POW and backcountry,

any help would be really appreciated,

thnx,

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 10:54am
FYI,

The board is a Capita Party Shark 164...

Capita didnt have recommended rider weights on their website, but seemed to be in the middle of a 162-164 range on Jones Snowboards, which are designed specifically for backcountry, just not sure if thats a comparison I can make...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 10:57am
I honest don't think that 4 cm is going to affect you one way or the other. People get too wrapped up in these sizing charts and don't realize they just need to ride what is comfortable to them. If you like the board and want to try it out, I say......Go For It!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 11:06am
That would be a pretty sick pow board for you. It should float you like a dream. If you ride tighter trees you might want to hold out and pick up the 158.
It might take you a little bit getting used to a 164 but, if you are a man, you should be able to rock it. Manly men ride big boards!
I wish I didn't care that it said shtook Yeah Bro!" on the bottom, but I'm a family man now. :p
On another note, I believe the Charlie Slasher (same board) is coming out in a 154, 158 and 164 next year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 11:09am
haha ya I hear ya, Im still in grad school, and I thought it was hilarious... Where I plan on taking it is pretty wide open, so there shouldn't be a lot of quick turns.. Thanks for the advice
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 2:38pm
Im sure you will be fine... if anything it will just be a little less manervable  in tight trees... but you will get more flotation!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 2:49pm
get a 156 hovercraft, best of all worlds
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 2:58pm
Originally posted by zakk

get a 156 hovercraft, best of all worlds
 
If he currently rides a 158 for all mountain, I don't think sizing down for a pow board would be good advice. 
 
Get the 164 and go kick some asses!  You'll cream your pants the first time you ride that thing in pow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 3:09pm
You can definitely ride a 164 no problemo, and the party shark/charlie slasher is a dope board. You'll enjoy it in the powder for sure. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 3:17pm
Originally posted by Krazylegz1485

Originally posted by zakk

get a 156 hovercraft, best of all worlds

 
If he currently rides a 158 for all mountain, I don't think sizing down for a pow board would be good advice. 
 
Get the 164 and go kick some asses!  You'll cream your pants the first time you ride that thing in pow.


I have never used the Hovercraft, but I believe the Jones Hovercraft 156 has the surface area of a traditional 176-178 cm pow board. I think Jeremy widened the board and nose, creating a larger sweet spot, and blunted the nose, creating less drag in the snow. With a smaller tail instead of a huge swallowtail, it will likely turn quicker as well. And with a hybrid camroc rocker design, it may float as effortlessly as the 164. I'm not sure but the hovercraft I believe also has a mellow magnetraction as well, giving 3 extra contact points(?), which is useful because you never know what snow conditions you will encounter in the backcountry. It can range from bottomless pow to crud to ice. Magnetraction has definately made my life easier in more than a few occasions.

Also, I just used my Flagship 164 today for the first time and that is a real powerhouse in the pow as well. Also is one of the fastest snowboards I have used as well, and may be the fastest. However, the 164cm Flagship is a real workhorse.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 5:09am
Thanks for all the great advice, I just got the board for $200 new, and now Im looking into bindings... I have Burton EST Malavitas on my current board, so they won't work on the Party Shark. Any advice on good Freeride/Powder bindings?

Thanks again for the advice,

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 5:22am
No such thing as terrain specific bindings. Use what's comfortable to you.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 5:38am
yeah the hovercraft is cool to ride shorter because you lose the tail so there's more up front -- but you aren't going to find that for $200 so the capita will be great.  (pretty funny that VT can't ride it because he'd have to explain the vulgar message to his kids . . . .)  As for bindings, get the 2009 C60's that homeboy's selling on another oactive thread, but see if you can negotiate them down another 30% or so
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 5:43am
Originally posted by SandYeti04

Thanks for all the great advice, I just got the board for $200 new, and now Im looking into bindings... I have Burton EST Malavitas on my current board, so they won't work on the Party Shark. Any advice on good Freeride/Powder bindings?

Thanks again for the advice,

-T

At $200, that is a steal! I'd pick up one for $200, even though I have a Charlie 164. I <3 Chuck!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 5:54am
^^^^  what about the fu(k yeah bro! brah???   haha
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 6:01am
I'd be willing to overlook that. Kids gotta learn about ish sometime. ;)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 6:15am
funny funny.  (I just secretly reported you to CPS, so better look over your shoulder buddy)
 
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P.S.  Just tell them it's some other language daddy
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 8:11pm
If you haven't done so I'd also set the bindings back a tad.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/23/2011 at 8:13pm
Originally posted by chriskot

If you haven't done so I'd also set the bindings back a tad.
i have to question it now.. do you even know about the board he's talking about?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/24/2011 at 11:54am
If it's a pow specific board, or primarily free ride board, the mounting holes should already be set back. I'm your weight and 6'1" tall and I ride a Rome Notch 168 as my powder board. I ride a 161 and 158 everywhere else on the mountain. You should have no problem controlling that board in a fresh batch of untouched pow. Congrats on the new board and sounds like you got a heck of a deal. Nice!!!

As far as bindings go, it's all personal preference. I ride Burton C60's on my powder board because they are extremely stiff and very responsive. That's what works for me, but not everybody likes a stiffer binding. (I ride Burton P1.1's on my other deck)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/24/2011 at 12:01pm
Originally posted by Krazylegz1485

Originally posted by zakk

get a 156 hovercraft, best of all worlds
 
If he currently rides a 158 for all mountain, I don't think sizing down for a pow board would be good advice. 
 
Get the 164 and go kick some asses!  You'll cream your pants the first time you ride that thing in pow.


156 hovercraft =/= 156 regular board 

http://www.porterstahoe.com/labels/Kenny%20G.asp


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