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    Posted: Apr/21/2011 at 7:48am
Background:  I've been snowboarding for about 8 years now.  The last 4 or so I've been riding on a 163 all mountain board.  I'm 6'1" and 150lbs so according to the sizing charts, I should probably be riding something around a 154 or 156.  I'm pretty decent by this point (as I should be considering how many years), I can ride almost any terrain, hit jumps and rails, spin 360s and pretty much enjoy snowboarding in general.

My Question:  If I change to a smaller board, one that is more in the range for my weight, will I have a hard time adjusting?  What can expect to be different?  I'm also considering getting a reverse cambered park board this time to try something new which I expect would compound the difference of getting a smaller board.  Any suggestions?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2011 at 7:52am
Shorter board is going to turn quicker edge to edge, will not feel as stable when you are riding faster, and will not float as well in powder.  If you find it difficult to turn your board because it's so long, you will probably enjoy riding a shorter board.  However, since you are used to riding a 163, I would try riding a shorter board before I decide to buy one.  Since you're used to riding such a long board, you may prefer something in the 57-59 range.  It's really all preference, and it depends on what type of riding you want to do.  If you want to ride a bunch of park and practice pressing it and doing rails etc, you may really like a board in the 155 range.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/22/2011 at 12:53pm
Thanks, Spenser.  I have tried some of my friends' shorter boards and they definitely felt weird, but I think that's to be expected anytime you change your setup.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/22/2011 at 1:04pm
Do you also ride a wide? Are your feet size 11+? I'm 5'8" and also 150lbs and I ride a 155 and 157. When I started, I had a 148 and I just felt like the mountain was pushing me around quite a bit. Definitely helped me learn how to turn/carve though given the shorter length.

I think for a freestyle board, with my height, 153 would probably be ideal, maybe 151. For you, I would consider you to be on the taller end so I would go a size up from your recommended 155, so 157 or 158. This length would probably serve you a lot better in the park and groomers vs taking it out on POW.

If you've grown accustomed to your 163, especially with that list of tricks of yours, then maybe you can just go a bit shorter to help with adding more rotations, but don't jump too many sizes down. I'm with Spenser, try to demo a shorter board first or borrow a friend's before buying.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/22/2011 at 1:58pm
tall skinny ace dude haha. shorter board will have quicker transitions and throwing spins will be easier. problem will be your foot size. reverse chambers are awesome but also look into some 0 chamber boards as well off the top of my head check never summer and burton specifically whammy bar or dominant. sierra makes the reverse crew which is and awesome board but idk if they come in wides get. your awkward size kind limits u
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Definitely a shorter board for ya.  Don't go too short though.  I rode a board that was a little too big for me earlier this season, for a few runs, and I could definitely tell the difference.  The longer the board, the more work and power you have to use to turn it.  The shorter the board, the quicker and tighter, more playful turns will be much easier.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/22/2011 at 8:55pm
Damn, I'm on a 163 and I've got forty pounds on you.  I think after all the years on it, you'd definitely have a fun time on a shorter board, just to see how your skills translate to a different board.  Get yourself a demo of a 157 or so and see how it feels. 

I do think that if you're accustomed to a longer cambered board, and go to a shorter rockered board, you're going to find it unbelievably squirrely, at least at first.  It'll be like going from a 1975 Buick to a go kart, but after you get a little used to it it'll be a blast.
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