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    Posted: Oct/28/2012 at 6:54pm
To natasha. Hiya. 

Size 8 boots (womens US). K2 WWW. 

Yeah, you should be fine. Its a jib board, and though id honestly recommend you buy a womens specific board for the following reasons:


i think you should be okay. Also its fine that its in your mid range, dont panic about that one. Theres no NEED to ever size down unless you want to tailor your performance to a specific style of riding. Now you have longer edge length, which means more control (on what might be a tough to control (at speed) ride), plus you have awesome float. And its all in your standard size range. :) In addition, though its not entirely a science here and part of the reason i always recommend you just go for womens boards (because you dont need to work out this kind of thing mentally), the board should feel a little stiffer than the vavavoom would have (is it now the lime lite?) which will help you for just cruising around teh mountain. You could just press test it though if youre worried. If its super easy to flex, then maybe its going to feel a bit wobbly lets say in tougher conditions and at speed, but if it still feels solid underfeet then youll be alright for doing most things.

The most important things though for a decent ride is if it fits your weight, its a decent flex, and you arent miles away from your edges. So long as you can move those edges nice and easily and its not too long/short for you, youll have a good time of it. As for the board itself and its flex, cant really say much about it since i havent ridden one so no idea how noodly it feels for me (and by dint, you), but if you want opinions definitely make a post in the ask other riders section. 
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I'm female, about 5'6", 130-140lbs, boot size 8.5-9. I've gone boarding once or twice per season for about 4 years now, but I'm still kind of a beginner (still trying to master carving and going on some smaller jumps). With online calculators, they say I should aim for a 146cm board.  I heard shorter boards are easier to learn to control, but if you're too heavy for it that it will actually make it more difficult if you're going faster. I am looking a board that comes in 143cm and 147cm on 2 diff sites.  The 147 is almost $60cheaper bc of shipping... How much will 4cm matter in terms of control? I currently have a 151cm and feel like I can't carve well bc it's hard to turn the board.  Any advice on whether the 4cm going from 151 to 147 will be enough? or if I need to go 8cm lower to 143? I'm sure a lot of this is based on preference, but any input would be helpful :) 

A lot of this IS based on preference (you have 250lb dudes happy riding 156s and 140lb dudes happy on their 158 for example.. i, for instance will ride a 157 regardless of my weight! i can balloon to 80kilos, or drop to 65 and ill still consider 157 to be 'my size' - im just kinda used to it). But there is a decent middle ground, and the size youre looking at 146-148 is pretty decent for an all round size for you. 

So heres the thing, im not going to tell you what size to get :p Im gonna tell you what effects you get when you tinker with size. 

First off, we know youre not happy on a 151. Thats good. That gives you a reasonable benchmark. So no matter what, youre going to want to get rid of a couple of cms from that. 

So lets say we give you a 146, your size calculator recommended size. Its a nice all round size, maybe a teensy bit towards the smaller side of that nice comfy zone, but its certainly a decent size for you to do a bit of it all. 

Now, sizing up this board means the following:

1. More effective edge. (the part of your edge thats actually in contact with the snow when you ride on your edges - this is good for stability). 
2. A slightly stiffer (slightly) flex. In a softer board this could mean a bit more pop and a bit more resistance. In an already stiff board this could mean some difficulty for an early intermediate in maneuvering the board. 
3. Slightly more float. (not much more mind, but more surface area usually means less work keeping the nose up). 

All of these add in to a slightly more stable platform capable of taking you into slightly more complex terrain and all that goodness. On the downside, the board can become a little unwieldy, and a bit hard to get on top of. Its going to feel like it does its own thing, and as you move away from that happy zone, every additional cm compounds its annoyances that little bit more bringing them out and drawing yoru attention to them until theyre about all you can focus on. As you have a board that you already feel to be too big for you, you probably get what im saying :) 

So how about sizing down:

1. First youre going to lose a bit of stability in complex terrain and at faster speeds. As i said, this board is already at the bottom end of that comfy zone, so truth is youre likely going to feel it a bit more as you drop each cm down. 
2. Youre going to lose float. Again, this is to be expected for the reasons given above. 
3. Youre going to lose a bit of pop. 

BUT

1. The boards going to feel a bit softer (relatively). 
2. And its going to be a hell of a lot more malleable. So depending on what youre doing you might find its a LOT more stable than having a massive long plank of wood strapped to your feet. :) 
 
Sizing down just means youre trading out a bit of stability in certain conditions for a bit more control in others. The key thing is to know this and adjust accordingly. So whereas the longer board is going to feel a bit more aggressive and a bit easier to get a turn out of when youre flying down a bumpy red run (and youll probably come to trust it a bit more which means youll let go of that internal brake we all kinda have, meaning you keep progressing as you get even more comfortable at speed), the shorter board is going to feel a lot more fun and a lot more rewarding when youre trying to get some spins out of it, or youre trying to hold a press or a hundred of other things that require a pliable board that you can stomp your authority over. 

So getting to your actual question... the 147 for me is definitely a nice do it all size for you. The four cms will be a big difference to your feel. Its in that nice comfy zone for a bit of doing it all and not feeling like your sacrificing anything. The 143 on the other hand i would consider a sizing down for your weight. Again, if youre looking to progress in a certain area or just want a board you can throw around a bit more, it might be okay (but its going to be short and i honestly think a wee bit too short). But the reason i wrote all that and didnt just say "147" is so you can make your own mind up and understand a bit more about whats going on :) 
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If you see your post lists you as a guest, somethings bugged in the forum software. This means any reply we give you will look like we have posted the exact same thing as you regardless of what we actually wrote. We arent ignoring your post, its just weve tried replying to them so many times just to see our work turn to mush in front of our eyes that we kinda realised it was like running into a brick wall :) 
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