Member Rewards
Extra 10-20% off select Purchases
More Info - Join Now
0 Staff | 10 Members
Live Chat
trusnow
Powered by 393,156 Members
Shopping Forum Out of Stock
username or email password
 Forum Home > SNOWBOARDS > The Board Room

Quick Login: Forgot password?

Topic ClosedDoes anyone think a 157-159cm board would work-

Share/Save/Bookmark



Author
  Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
AJD13 View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Cannon. on the ground nothing new!

Joined: Sep/08/2010
Location: Plymouth, NH
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 596
Direct Link To This Post Topic: Does anyone think a 157-159cm board would work-
    Posted: May/01/2011 at 9:39am
Okay so Im 6'3 about 205lbs (and the weight is climbing...) with size 13 shoes (I know im going to need a wide), I'm looking into getting a smaller board bec i currently ride a huge 166 and im finding that its impractical on the hill and in transportation, and plus i like the idea of having more control on a smaller board. I was looking into getting something in the 157-159cm range and would like to retire the 166 to strictly powder and freeride. But the question is will the 157 work for me? thats a 9 cm drop... What do you think, and i really could care less what size charts say because most of them a full of crap anyhow...

Thanks!
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
Back to Top
PowderMonkey View Drop Down
Local
Local


Joined: May/06/2009
Location: 19
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 203
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 10:41am
For a park board that size would work well, but if you plan to ride more all-mountain you would want something bigger.
Back to Top
getkong View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Nov/15/2010
Location: SF, CA
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1548
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 10:59am
I'm about your size, and I rode a 158 Custom for a while, and it was a fun board. I didn't have any issues where it felt like it was too small of a board, but I still used a 164 Palmer for powder and more difficult terrain.
Back to Top
Von44 View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Jan/06/2010
Location: 2
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 4217
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 12:00pm
I'm 6'1 about 185lbs and I started with a 164. Had trouble learning cuz it the board was too long. I'm riding a 156 custom vrocker and I'm really enjoying my time out there. I think you'd be fine with a 157 aslong as it's a wide board for your size 13s. I've heard you can drop 5-10cm at most. But maybe demo some boards next season.
Back to Top
scuddera View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar
hitting my first 5

Joined: Dec/03/2010
Location: 37
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1134
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 12:12pm
i would definitly go with a wide board as u step down in size and ur that big of a joe. a 157-159 would work fine
Back to Top
bpak View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum


Joined: Mar/25/2010
Location: 17
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 58
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 12:44pm
I'm 5'11 and I used a 163 cm. Imo, too big. I would've used the size you're using now. But yeah, when you're like 5'10'' or taller, wider boards are needed, as I needed them too
Back to Top
odoyale rules View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Aug/23/2007
Location: 9
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2486
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 12:55pm
I was exactly the same weight (lost some now) and have the same foot size (13) and I ride a 157W for the park. But I did buy my board 3 years ago or so when I was a lot smaller, but either way it does the trick. Go with a slightly larger board if you want it to be less park oriented. 
18 days and counting

I make custom diecuts (stickers). PM me for info
Back to Top
panther View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Feb/02/2010
Location: 45
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2178
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 1:05pm
go with the 159, it will be closer to what you're riding now, obviously, but a 157 sounds pretty short.
Back to Top
AJD13 View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Cannon. on the ground nothing new!

Joined: Sep/08/2010
Location: Plymouth, NH
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 596
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 1:21pm
Thanks im asking because i was considering the ride maniac and i can get a sick deal on a 157 wide and its new, and also the fact i want a smaller board but i could also get that same deal on a 160 wide either way there smaller but i wanted something as small as possible so i could expand my learning as fast as possible. Again thanks for the help your inputs are always considered by me because the people on this forum have never steered me wrong. and even if you guys did i wouldnt be to mad.
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
Back to Top
psubballfan12 View Drop Down
Local
Local
Avatar

Joined: Apr/30/2009
Location: 22
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 941
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 1:27pm
I'm your size as well. I ride a 162W burton custom and I think its perfect!
Protect your domes
Back to Top
bmorse View Drop Down
Local
Local


Joined: Nov/21/2009
Location: 18
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 830
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 2:03pm
Since a 157 will be on the smaller side for you, it may not be as ideal for you in pow or charging the mountain super hard, but it would be perfect for you in the park.  Also, since it's a wide, it will acommadate your larger boot size.  Either way, you'd be fine with either size, but the smaller the board for your size, the more of a "park deck" it will be.  Just my opinion.
Back to Top
infinite View Drop Down
Local
Local


Joined: Aug/29/2008
Location: 7
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 71
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 2:05pm
I have size 14 boots (so a wide board it is!) and am 6 foot tall. I went from a 161 standard camber to a 155 reverse camber.
 
Differences noticed (in my opinion I traded speed for maneuverability)
- 161 is faster
- 155 is more flexible
- 155 is very responsive, much easier to turn
- 155 does 'bounce' a little at speed but I put this down to the RC and it doesn't stop any control of board
 
Big change but well worth it, 1st morning on the new one was a bit shaky but after I got it dialled in -  carved it up.
 
 
 
 
 
Back to Top
Evilives View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Nuclear

Joined: Nov/22/2009
Location: 33
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 397
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 2:30pm
You should be fine on that size, I ride a 154 Custom fine and I'm 6ft w/ size 13 shoes(size 12 boots thanks to shrinktech). Like infinite said you will probably feel a little off one the first day you switch to a smaller board, but you get used to it.
"Don't think, just do."
Back to Top
barnyard View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar
Banana

Joined: Aug/25/2008
Location: 18
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 4029
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 3:13pm
a 159 should be fine as long as you know that it will be a bit slower.  it should be much easier to progress in the park than your current board.
Lib Tech Skate Banana 159 (2007/2008) w/ Burton CO2 bindings (2007/2008) ; Sierra Reverse Crew 162 (2010) w/ Rome 390 Boss bindings (2010/2011)
Back to Top
shwazy View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Jan/20/2009
Location: 19
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 3132
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 3:28pm
Originally posted by bpak

I'm 5'11 and I used a 163 cm. Imo, too big. I would've used the size you're using now. But yeah, when you're like 5'10'' or taller, wider boards are needed, as I needed them too


Board lengths are based on weight not height.  Height can play a role but only marginally in the sense that one person who is a lot taller than another person of the same weight will have more leverage and then can probably go a tad longer on a board and have it "feel" the same as the shorter guy.  Additionally, waist widths are based on foot size not height.  Yes the taller you are the bigger your feet typically but not always obviously. 

If I was you I would go for the 160w over the 157W unless the board will only be used in the park, but you can probably get away with the 157W as long as it is not a noodle of a board.  If it it is already soft then it will feel really soft at 157W.  If you are going to go that small for your size then I would go for a board that is medium to stiffish flex.
Back to Top
AJD13 View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Cannon. on the ground nothing new!

Joined: Sep/08/2010
Location: Plymouth, NH
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 596
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 4:42pm
do you think the 159 would be the lowest i should go or is the 157 still good also bec if i go with the 157 wide its a 50 dollar diffenece than the 160 wide and if i can save 50 bucks im all for it, either way 50 bucks cheaper or not its still a sick deal.
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
Back to Top
andrethegiant View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor


Joined: Mar/08/2010
Location: 20
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1610
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 4:58pm
yeah my friend is 6''5 210 he rides a 158 so you should be good man good luck
Back to Top
Timmay_650 View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Oct/04/2008
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 4946
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 6:15pm
I would pay the extra $50 and get the 160. The $50 wont be a big difference in the long run and the 160 is a safe bet and it will small enough to keep to happy. If you drop all the way down to the 157 it every easily could be too small and you wont be happy and you will lose money. 9 cm will be a big change when you switch boards but 6 will be a change and what i think you are looking for.
Back to Top
SnapShot View Drop Down
Local
Local
Avatar

Joined: Dec/13/2009
Location: 34
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 983
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 6:49pm
I've been riding a 159 forever.  I'm 6'3, 200lbs.  Its nice, but sometimes I wish I had a 156 or a 157.  
Back to Top
Marumm View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar
caw

Joined: Jan/14/2009
Location: 16
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1597
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/01/2011 at 9:50pm
What type of riding are you looking to do with it?  And are you trying to decide between camber/reverse camber?

If you're going to keep your 166 cambered board around for a freeride/pow stick, you could definitely get away with something shorter.  I'm 190lbs, and my 159 reverse crew is great for park stuff, but also decent for all-mountain riding in all but the iciest conditions.
Back to Top
simsfsr View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Serenity

Joined: May/23/2009
Location: 2
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 156
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/02/2011 at 10:11am

Comparatively speaking, I'm 5'10", 180 lbs and I have a 157 camber for pow, 154 v rocker for all mountain freestyle and 152 banana for jib/freestyle.

I think that 159 will be good for all mountain freestyle, for you.  157 will be more park oriented.
Back to Top
jjfreak View Drop Down
Local
Local
Avatar

Joined: Mar/09/2010
Location: 24
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1622
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/02/2011 at 10:23am
If you're gonna ride mainly park, 157 won't be so bad...
I'm 5'11 and 215 and ride a 158 for park (I have a 162 for when I don't go to park)
It's good and doesn't cause a problem for me.
Don't think you should have a huge problem with the 157 compared to the 159.
Get the 157 and save urself $50 imo
PROCRASTINATION - Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now
Back to Top
wpiass View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Feb/05/2009
Location: 18
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2564
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/02/2011 at 10:23am
Originally posted by simsfsr

Comparatively speaking, I'm 5'10", 180 lbs and I have a 157 camber for pow, 154 v rocker for all mountain freestyle and 152 banana for jib/freestyle.

I think that 159 will be good for all mountain freestyle, for you.  157 will be more park oriented.


i basically have the same dimensions and have always been happy with a 156
be talkin to ya
Back to Top
kirkalicious View Drop Down
Local
Local


Joined: Feb/27/2011
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 866
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/02/2011 at 10:34am
mostly depends on what you're gonna do with that board
Back to Top
AJD13 View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Cannon. on the ground nothing new!

Joined: Sep/08/2010
Location: Plymouth, NH
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 596
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/02/2011 at 3:46pm
Originally posted by kirkalicious

mostly depends on what you're gonna do with that board


Well at the current moment i plan on using it kind of all mountain but for like gutsy all mountain things like bombing off banks and such im thinking the 159 would be better but i wanna progress into park maybe and start hitting some some rails and boxes, maybe even a few jumps. Basically i wanna make this move because although i can manage my 166, i feel like i would have much more control with a stick that was smaller. I like speed as much as the next guy but im more about control and having fun not flying down the mountain afraid im going to hurt myself....
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
Back to Top
grapeape2669 View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor


Joined: Feb/18/2009
Location: 20
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1804
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 4:18am
You could definitely swing a 157 wide.  It'll definitely take some getting used to since you're riding the biggest board ever made, but I bet you'll never go back once you get used to the smaller board.
Back to Top
derbytownjoe View Drop Down
Expert Members
Expert Members
Avatar

Joined: Apr/07/2009
Location: 5
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2165
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 4:30am
for your weight, and esp since you said that youre still gaining weight I'd stick around 160, ie. 159 prolly the smallest you should get.


@grapeape- 166 is not at all the biggest board made. Burton has a couple over 166 for the 2010-2011 season, as does Nitro, and I know there are several other companies that make bigger boards.
Back to Top
IAFFbuckeye View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar

Joined: Mar/05/2011
Location: 33
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 216
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 4:34am
For what its worth and it may not be right I am 6'1 around 215 pounds and ride a 158 wide Rossi Angus board. The board is a lil on the stiffer side but I have never had any problems with it feeling to small or flexy. I was like you and did not want to get a really long board and be held back by it. For me the 158 is perfect but it might not work for you. Best recommendation would be to try and demo the sizes.
Common sense is not that common
Back to Top
MATTSTERBATOR View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Aug/26/2006
Location: 2
Online Status: Online
Posts: 552
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 10:13am
A 157-159 would be fine  you to ride, just don't buy a board that is too soft in flex.
M.Bilenki
Back to Top
Spenser W. View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Feb/22/2010
Location: 18
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1013
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 10:31am
I'd say a 157 is just too small for you, unless it was STRICTLY a screw-around board.  I'm 5' 8" and 185, and I ride a 159.  I used to ride a mid-stiff cambered 156, but I went to a hybrid camber, mid-flex 159.  I personally wouldn't ride anything shorter than a 154-155 for a mess-around park board, and I'd say 159 is on the higher end for me, unless I really wanted a deep-snow board.  If I were you, I'd pick up something in the 161-ish range.  Dropping 5 cm is pretty significant, and if you're over 200 lbs, I don't think a 157-158 would really offer you much stability unless it was a fairly stiff board.  166 is pretty big, but I think dropping to a 157 would be overkill.  160-162 would probably be a solid range for you to be riding.



You mentioned that you want "control."  A shorter board will be easier to turn, but it will also be less stable, especially the faster you go.  I think that you would lack control and stability riding something as short as a 157.


Also, keep your size 13 boots in mind.  Think about your stance width, angles, waist width of possible boards, and whether or not your boots have footprint shrinkage.  This could get pretty specific between each board you look at, so ALWAYS keep it in mind, generally.
2011 159 YES Typo II
2010 Triads
2011 Impreza
Back to Top
jc610 View Drop Down
Local
Local
Avatar

Joined: Feb/26/2010
Location: 34
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1076
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 10:43am
i saw a 159 wide ride crush on geartrade.com you might be interested in

http://www.geartrade.com/browse/116/792/477/item/190332
Back to Top
jjfreak View Drop Down
Local
Local
Avatar

Joined: Mar/09/2010
Location: 24
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1622
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 11:15am
If you're not going to be riding pow all the time, the 157 should be fine
PROCRASTINATION - Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now
Back to Top
timpiper View Drop Down
Instructor
Instructor
Avatar

Joined: Mar/04/2011
Location: 19
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1737
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/03/2011 at 11:23am
i'm 6'4'' and i have a 162W Stunt for my jib/ground trick board. it's fine. i wouldn't go lower than a 159 to be honest. a 157, i think, would be tiny for guys our size.
Back to Top
AJD13 View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Cannon. on the ground nothing new!

Joined: Sep/08/2010
Location: Plymouth, NH
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 596
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 3:18pm
So i guess the general consensus is going with the 160 I only asked because it is such a dramatic drop, you guys all own multiple boards i own one looking for my second. Thanks for the help guys.
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
Back to Top
Evilives View Drop Down
Ski Bum
Ski Bum
Avatar
Nuclear

Joined: Nov/22/2009
Location: 33
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 397
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 5:35pm
A 157 should be fine, but if you think you will be gaining more weight and don't want to focus on the park too much then I guess a 160 would work.
"Don't think, just do."
Back to Top
Maximus View Drop Down
Local
Local
Avatar

Joined: Aug/15/2006
Location: 23
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 983
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 10:58am
Im similar size and I use a 158
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down


Find Us Elsewherex

Daily Giveaway
Rome S90
Rome S90 Snowboard Bindings

$135.0
Recent Winners
znulllenkoNOROADS
  • Follow us on:  (view all)





    TruSnow is upfront

© TruSnow - All Rights Reserved
Snowboards
Snowboards View All

Mens Snowboards Womens Snowboards Kids and Youth Snowboards

Up to 40% Off
Bindings
Snowboard Bindings View All

Mens Bindings Womens Bindings Kids and Youth Bindings

Up to 40% Off
Boots
Snowboard Boots View All

Mens Boots Womens Boots Kids and Youth Boots

Up to 40% Off
Skis
Alpine, Downhill Skis View All

Mens Skis Womens Skis Kids and Youth Skis

Cross Country Skis


Mens Skis Womens Skis Kids and Youth Skis

Up to 40% Off On Skis
Bindings
Alpine, Downhill Ski Bindings View All

Mens Bindings Womens Bindings Kids and Youth Bindings

Cross Country Bindings


Mens Bindings Womens Bindings Kids and Youth Bindings

Up to 40% Off On Ski Bindings
Boots
Alpine, Downhill Ski Boots View All

Mens Boots Womens Boots Kids and Youth Boots

Cross Country Boots


Mens Boots Womens Boots Kids and Youth Boots

Up to 40% Off On Ski Boots
Skis
View All SkisView All Ski BindingsView All Ski Boots
Accessories

Up To 40% Off On Accessories
Brands
View All Brands
24/7
2XL
4Frnt
5150
686
Academy
Accurate
Adidas
Adio
Aerial
Airblaster
Airhead
Alien Workshop
Almost
Alpina
Alps
Altamont
Analog
Anarchy
Anon
Aquaglide
Arbor
Arctic Edge
Armada
Artec
Ashbury
Atomic
Audex
Avalanche
Axion
Backcountry Access
Baker
Bakoda
Barefoot
Barewest
Bearpaw
Bern
Big Agnes
Billabong
Black Label
Blind
Bogner
Bond
Bones
Bonfire
Booster
Boulder Gear
Burton
Byerly
Capita
Cappel
Casual Industrees
Celtek
Chocolate
Chrome
Circa
Cliche
Coal
Coleman
Columbia
Connelly
Craft
Creature
Cult
CWB
DaKine
Dalbello
Darkstar
Darn Tough
DC
Deeluxe
Demolition
Descente
Diatech
DNA
Download
Dragon
Drake
Drop
DSO
Dub
DVD
DVS
Dynastar
Eastern
Electric
Element
Elwood
Emerica
Endeavor
Enjoi
ES
Etnies
Eureka
Eye
F2
Fallen
Fast Wax
FBM
Fischer
Flip
Flow
Fly High
Flybikes
Forum
Foundation
Foursquare
Fourstar
Fox
Fox River
Freestyle
Fresh
FSA
Full Tilt
Fundamental
G Sport
Gator Boards
Girl
Giro
Globe
Gnu
Gold Coast
GoldCoast
Gran Royale
Gravis
Grenade
GT
Gullwing
Habitat
Head
Helly Hansen
Hitec
HO
Hoffman
Holden
Hurley
Hyperlite
Icelantic
Independent
Intense
IPath
Irish Setter
Jeenyus
Jet Pilot
Jones
K2
Kampus
Keen
Kelty
Kemper
Kenda
KHE
Kidsnow
KMC
Krooked
Krux
L1
Lakai
Lamar
Lange
Leki
Lib Tech
Liberty
Lifetime
Line
Liquid Force
Lizard Skins
Look
LTD
Lucky
M3
M4
M6
Marker
Marmot
Matix
Maxxis
Merrell
Mob
Morrow
Mountain Hardwear
Mystery
Neff
Newt Juice
Nike
Nitro
Nitrous
Nixon
Nollie
Nomis
Nordica
Northwave
O'Brien
O'neill
Oakley
Obey
ODI
Odyssey
Omatic
Orage
Osiris
Otnes
Outdoor Research
Palmer
Patagonia
Phase Five
Pig
Plan B
Planet Earth
Pow
Premier
Premium
Primo
Proboardshop
Proline
Protec
Quiksilver
Radar
Rafters
Rainbow
Rave
Rawik
Rayban
Red
Reef
Remind
Revo
Ricta
Ride
Rip Curl
Ripzone
Rome
Rome - Sierra
Ronix
Rossignol
Roxy
Royal
RVCA
Ryders
S4
Salomon
Santa Cruz
Sanuk
Sapient
Saxx
SE
Sector 9
Sessions
Shortys
Sierra
Sierra Designs
Sierra Sports
Signal
Silence
Sims
Sinz
Skateboarding is Not a Crime
Skullcandy
Slingshot
Smartwool
Smith
Spacecraft
Spark
Special Blend
Spitfire
Sportsstuff
Spy
SST
Standard
Stepchild
Stereo
Stolen
Stormtech
Straight Line
Suncloud
Superfeet
Supra
Surface
Swix
Technine
Tecnica
Tektro
Tensor
Test Pilot
Teton
The
The North Face
The Shadow Conspiracy
Thirty Two
Thule
Thunder
Tres Bien
Trespass
Tresspass
Troy Lee Designs
Tubbs
Union
Vans
VAS
Vasque
Velvet
Venture
Verde
Voile
Volcom
Volkl
Von Zipper
Vonzipper
Wakeside
White Sierra
Wigwam
World Industries
Xposure
Zero
Forums
Snowboards
View All Snowboards
Mens SnowboardsWomens SnowboardsKids and Youth Snowboards
Bindings
View All Snowboard Bindings
Mens BindingsWomens BindingsKids and Youth Bindings
Boots
View All Snowboard Boots
Mens BootsWomens BootsKids and Youth Boots
Skis
View All SkisView All Ski BindingsView All Ski Boots
Clothing
Accessories
Brands
View All Brands