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    Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 7:40am
Hey guys,

I am new to the community, a buddy from SF told me about this site, it seems pretty amazing!

So I have been boarding for years, can't say I am that great though. I like freeriding, not that into parks. I am 6 feet tall, 215lbs, size 12 foot.

I was watching the sizing guide video and it helped, but before I actually make any decisions, I would rather refer to the experts. :)

Thanks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 7:44am
I'd pick something between 160 and 165 if your just looking for a basic all mountain board and dabble in the park a tad if you want to go really fast and just ride no park you could go a little longer. I'd suggest looking at a skunk ape. I have an old trs and some ride spi's I'd be willing to part with for 150 and i live in sac so you could pick it up on your way to the mountains.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 7:45am
I'd pick something between 160 and 165 if your just looking for a basic all mountain board and dabble in the park a tad if you want to go really fast and just ride no park you could go a little longer. I'd suggest looking at a skunk ape. I have an old trs in 167 which would be fine and some ride spi's I'd be willing to part with for 150 if you're on a budget. and i live in sac so you could pick it up on your way to the mountains.

the double post was an accident if one of you experts wants to delete it it would be awesome thanks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 7:57am
For freeriding, I wouldn't go lower than a 159 depending on the stiffness of the board. If you end up with a stiff board i.e.customX, Never Summer Raptor/RaptorX; somewhere in the low-mid 160's would suit you. However, try out longer boards if possible to see how you feel on them and how they respond to you. Hit up any demo days around your area, if possible. It'll be worth it to get exactly what you want.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 9:35am
I agree with Julius77… Demo-ing boards is your absolute best bet to getting what you want/need. That is what I did… and along the way I found that I am actually a different type of snowboarder than I thought I was… AND as I have been progressing and hitting steeper terrain, bigger jumps (park & backcountry) I have found that my style and skills have changed. This transformation has caused me to enjoy different types of boards and appreciate old boards that I had and never really had the skill to appreciate. I recently even WON a Sierra Reverse Crew snowboard here on TruSnow (ordered the 159) and I CANNOT WAIT to take that board out and see how she handles! I am 5’10” and 190lbs. I have been riding since I was a teenager in SoCal (I'm 33 now) but only seriously since I moved here to Utah.

There are many different design features and styles that make a BIG difference! On a side note: I think that Stepchild, Capita and NOPE snowboards are doing some cool things right now. There is Rocker (also called “reverse Camber”) and Camber (traditional snowboard design). Don’t let people try to convince you that rocker boards are ONLY for park or that traditional camber boards are no good at park. You MUST ride these boards on your own and get a feel of what is out there.

Perhaps the right board for you is a combination of rocker and camber… camber under foot and then a slight to medium rocker from foot to tips… and then there is the question of a directional board or a true twin tip… the variations are many, you just gotta get out there and taste test them all.

A local shop in my (current) home town – Logan, UT has this deal where every time you rent/demo one of their boards… between 50% - 100% (I can’t remember the exact percentage) of the cost to demo the board goes towards a future purchase of whatever board you decide on. It all works kind of like a point system. See if you can find a shop with a similar program… it REALLY helps and the guys in these sorts of shops are usually VERY helpful.

GOOD LUCK DUDE… Keep riding!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 9:40am
Hey man because your really not that tall i wouldn't go above a 156 157, i am 6-1 165 and ride a 151 but only really hit rails and medium kickers. If you are going to do park my friend is your exact same size maybe a little taller and a couple pounds heavier and he rides a 156 salomon drift rocker, hope this helped!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 10:07am
If you're getting a freestyle board (and doing lots of jibbing) I'd say get a 159.  Go above that a bit for an all mountain or powder board.  With your weight you'll want something in that range. 
 
I think punkphil. has it right- demo stuff.  You might find that you want more than one type of board for different days and conditions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 1:46pm
Originally posted by snowj720

If you're getting a freestyle board (and doing lots of jibbing) I'd say get a 159.  Go above that a bit for an all mountain or powder board.  With your weight you'll want something in that range. 
 
I think punkphil. has it right- demo stuff.  You might find that you want more than one type of board for different days and conditions.

Originally posted by andrethegiant

Hey man because your really not that tall i wouldn't go above a 156 157, i am 6-1 165 and ride a 151 but only really hit rails and medium kickers. If you are going to do park my friend is your exact same size maybe a little taller and a couple pounds heavier and he rides a 156 salomon drift rocker, hope this helped!

I don't think these people really read your post. So I wouldn't listen to them. I would say got with the 160 to 165 range. 162-163 is the size I would put you on. Something that is Med to Med stiff. 5-7 on a 1-10 scale.  I would buy a wide board too and camber or hybrid but not rockered 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 3:14pm
You're right timmay, I missed the part about him not being into park.  I had seen andres response (which seemed to be geared towards park boards) and felt that in case nebber were to look for a park board (if he demo'd one as phil recommended, and found he liked the ride) he should look for a 159, all mountain slightly bigger (160-163 range).  Sorry I didn't write that out right.  
 
For sure on the wide, look for a waist width of 260mm or more.  Also, it doesn't hurt to find bindings with toe ramps (or "gas pedals" as some companies have called them).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2012 at 3:39pm
for a 200+ guy id look at a board at least in the 160+ range....

depending on the stiffness of the board, you could get away with a 58/59, but you would probably be more comfortable on a 60-64.

for all-mt riding a bit more length is usually preferrable as it also means more stability in the steeps. 

but before we make any other assumptions, what are you looking for for a board????

a twin? directional twin? a directional? powder-only ride? etc, etc, etc....

a few more details would definately be helpful!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/14/2012 at 6:00am
My point was that... yes, a 160+ board (probably wide) 162-165 would be great for what he is asking about... however, often, while a rider is progressing, they find themselves wanting to do different things, and the more you ride the more you REALLY find what your TRUE style is... it is basically evolving all the time... I used to hate park stuff... now I hit the jumps and try out the rails... not that those things are my fav... trees and pow will ALWAYS be my fav... but I like to try out the WHOLE mtn (as there is not pow on the hill everyday)... thats all I'm saying... nebbernoo will do whatever he wants, of course... I was just trying to help out a fellow rider in ANY way possible.

GOOD LUCK nebbernoo... no matter what, HAVE FUN out there!
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