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Direct Link To This Post Topic: Shorter Rocker board-
    Posted: Mar/25/2011 at 7:21pm
I see in magazines and gear reviews and stuff that when you're buying a rocker board, buying a board 5-10cm shorter than my regular length is recommended.
Why is that?
Because I was thinking, since rocker boards are usually more unstable, buying a longer rocker board would make more sense.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2011 at 7:38pm
It really depends on what you use it for... freestyle 145-156 roughly, you dont go shorter or longer, if you are riding for freeride, generally 157+ you can do what you want based on how big your stick is. The rockers let it turn more easily so you can actually shrink down the board to increase maneuverability and decrease weight without loss of control. Some people might go bigger to decrease chatter, but the board construction and tech affects this far more than length.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2011 at 7:46pm
5-10?  where did you see that?  most say a few cm at the most.

if you break it down it makes no sense.

on groomers they already ride looser as a smaller board would.  why would you size down?

in pow they float MORE and are MORE maneuverable, why wouldn't you just stay at your normal size and get MORE good things?  if you size down, maybe you have the same float as your regular size cambered board, but in a smaller and less stable package.. and wouldn't you want MORE float anyway?

rocker is there to be a different type of board, not to allow you to change your size.  treat sizing the same.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2011 at 7:51pm
I'd read the thread on snowboards which fully explains it all. Personally I don't think you HAVE to downsize, it is a recommendation and there are so many different types of rockers and flatlines that it depends on what you wanna do.

I mean you got freeride rockers, jib rockers and park rockers. So what do you need for each riding style?

I'd choose a board for what you wanna do or achieve and see what is recommended.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2011 at 7:52pm
The only board I have seen those number is the Burton Nug.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/26/2011 at 9:50am
like spenser said, don't get all nutty with size. treat it the same - go off of weight, and what you plan to do with it (park, pow, all-mountain, etc.)

there are a couple exceptions. if a board says to size down, do it. k2's www or burton's nug for example.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/29/2011 at 4:31pm
Yeah, it never made sense to me either. If it rides like a shorter board, shouldn't you size it so that it's longer?
I guess it's hype crap that the industry is trying to make, whether I get a camber or rocker board, I'll stick with the regular size I usually go with.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/30/2011 at 8:42am
Originally posted by Timmay_650

The only board I have seen those number is the Burton Nug.
was about to say the same. Nug is the only board you really size down with.
Only time you would want to size down with any other boards is if you want to ride park maybe? A couple cm+or- won't really make that much of a difference either way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/30/2011 at 8:49am
I'm with spenser, a rocker board already rides loose, I don't know why you would size down that mch.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/30/2011 at 8:59am
Originally posted by chwl3


Because I was thinking, since rocker boards are usually more unstable, buying a longer rocker board would make more sense.


Ippo's snowboard guide recommends that, as would I.  You're already losing effecting contact area, so downsizing a rockered board reduces it even more.  Have fun on some icy steeps with that one.

I think that the downsize advice must be directed to jib monkeys, since a smaller board is easier to spin and they don't give a whit about effective edges anyway.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2011 at 12:15pm
dude you definitely misread something...because with rocker you really dont want to take much off because the board rides even shorter because it loses a little bit of effective edge...I wouldn't lose any length get the length you would if you were buying a cambered board...if thats possible
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2011 at 6:17pm
I've heard the same thing about down sizing when it comes to rockered boards, but the article I read said it was board specific and that you should only go down a few cm's.  Can't remember where I read it, but I remember that it was board specific.  I'm looking at getting the Sierra Stunt so this article definitely helped clear up any questions I had about size.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/18/2011 at 4:46pm
I ride a 148-149 cambered board. When I picked up my Sierra V I decided to size up to a 151 instead of down to the 147. Rocker's a completely different ride and I guess I was anticipating some stability issues when I chose the longer board, but I've loved every minute and don't feel slowed down or any lacking in turning ability.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/18/2011 at 6:16pm
agree with spenser, maybe 2-3 mm, not 10 (unless you're buying the nug)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/19/2011 at 5:52pm
my rocker board is same size as my regular board, but im not really a park person
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/19/2011 at 6:04pm
you can go smaller for spin weight but 10-15 hell no . your going to smap the board in half
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/20/2011 at 4:00am
the k2 www is this way.  the reason they give is because the effective edge is longer since its a rocker board
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/25/2011 at 6:35pm
the effective edge is longer (compared to an average board that size) because they build it that way. it has absolutely nothing to do with rocker.  rocker does not change the length of the edge in any way whatsoever, it just changes the pressure along it compared to camber.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/05/2011 at 10:47pm
Personally i would only drop down 2-3 cms but you can ride your normal size just fine aswell 
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