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    Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 7:09am
So I'm planning on buying a Never Summer SL. I'm torn on the size though

I'm 5'8

157 lbs - still losing weight though as I'm training with someone. Chances are I will weigh around 150 by the end of it


If I go by the guide on here, it looks like I should go with 155 but add more if I want more of a freeride board. I want an all mountain board with no intentions of going into the park. Maybe hit some kickers and some buttering but priority is more getting into trees and riding back country. And groomers when not in the others.

I'm currently on a 152 Burton Process VRocker which I never liked. Hoping to get more out of the SL

Would 155 be the better option? It's been suggested to me that I should go with 153 as it'll be a little more fun and that it would be easier to maneuver in say trees
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  Quote Witty1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 7:29am
in my opinion...
If you wont hit the park... go with the 155, it'll allow you more float and stability. for those pow runs and high speed groomers.

If you are looking for a backcountry board... May I assume a pow board? You might want something with even more float & charge-ability (made that word up). But that board would be pretty much pow specific and you would have a harder time in the trees...
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  Quote Oinker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 7:36am

once you pull the trigger on which size NEVER SUMMER SL you decide to go with & you get that baby on the snow you are going to love it. It Will Become Your New Favorite Snowboard... Ever!!!!

I ride a 158 SL i'm 5'10 & weigh between 175 & 180... Depending on how many beers i've had that week. LOL!!! My riding style sounds very similar to how you plan on riding your board so i would say go with the 155. Granted you may lose a bit of quick maneuverability in the trees but will gain more stability on bigger runs & on bombers. Also that little extra float on pow days! The NEVER SUMMER decks are absolutely amazing!!!! Unreal response & control in almost any condition & at any speed. i have a total of 6 different snowboards and find it difficult to ride anything other than my NEVER SUMMER SL because it shreds in all conditions. Again, in my opinion based on how you plan to use the board, i would go with the 155. ...you are going to fall in love with that deck a few turns into your very first run!!!!

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  Quote nuttynutz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 7:40am
sounds like you should get the 155.
Like witty said, if you're not hitting the park, go for the 155, and if you do hit the park to go on kickers, the bigger board has slightly better stability when landing anyway. Buttering probably helps with a smaller board but that doesn't appear to be your main reason to get a 153

What didn't you like about the burton process vrocker? felt unstable? then as above get the 155.

Will you notice the difference between 153 and 155? every so slightly, if you're a beginner then prob not at all. 

I weigh 145lbs ish and ride a 154 for my all mountain board (70%mountain 30% park)
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  Quote steezemisterr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 9:39am
I'm the same height as you and I used to ride a 155. I rode a lot of park and it worked fine for me just in case you ever plan on hitting the park, although it sounds like you have no intention. But all around on the mountain it is a great size for people our height because it feels stable and I always felt in control. Definitely go with the 155.
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I think you should get a 155 board. It will provide better stability so you can maneuver around the trees easilier.
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  Quote snowj720 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 3:52pm
^ I always figure the opposite- the shorter the  board the easier to manuver around trees.  While I like the float I get from my pow board back in the freshies of the trees, I do like my park board for quick turns and less to clip on the close callsConfused
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  Quote RastaRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 4:04pm
Originally posted by snowj720

^ I always figure the opposite- the shorter the  board the easier to manuver around trees.  While I like the float I get from my pow board back in the freshies of the trees, I do like my park board for quick turns and less to clip on the close callsConfused

That is true, smaller boards typically mean easier to maneuver, longer boards are typically more stable(though of course there is more to it than just the length, but generally speaking thats the case). Stability =/= maneuverability, but I wouldn't expect that useless spammer to know that. 

You should know by now to not take anything snowboardinrox says seriously, he's shown his ignorance and overall worthlessness time and time again. As for the OP, I agree with everyone above, 155 would be ideal for you.
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 5:01pm
55.  still not a big board at all.  better for your weight and the things you want to do with it.  i'm 145lb and prefer 158-160 normally and still don't find it very large.  55 for sure between the two.  the 53 will give you no benefits over the 55.
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  Quote andy_d Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/30/2012 at 3:31am
Guys I apologize for not responding sooner with all the advice given. I did want to say that I did follow and I have my 155 SL sitting in my living room. I can't wait to ride it this season!!
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  Quote andrethegiant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/01/2012 at 4:27am
I'm your same weight, and was in the same dilema. I'm 6'0 160ish and the ultrafear at my shop was only left in a 151, i'd been a 55 burton love, but made the switch. Now i rode mainly park on the 51, but i'd do anything to have kept my hero for days I just felt like riding, a 55 is much better than a 52-53 for our size. and it's still more than capable in the park. Best of luck!
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  Quote scuddera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/01/2012 at 5:40am
One would think 2cm would really not really notice a difference but I ride a 156cm and rode my buddies 155 and it felt great but definitely seemed small. I have also rode a 153 and it felt like I was on a smalls board. Up to you I guess but I can see a diffeence
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  Quote nitro909 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/01/2012 at 6:34am
Originally posted by scuddera

One would think 2cm would really not really notice a difference but I ride a 156cm and rode my buddies 155 and it felt great but definitely seemed small. I have also rode a 153 and it felt like I was on a smalls board. Up to you I guess but I can see a diffeence


I highly doubt you noticed the size diff. I'm sure what you noticed was the diff in characteristics between the three boards. Likewise, you can have 3 diff boards all in the same size, and get 3 totally diff 'feelings' from them. When people say they prefer/like a specific size of boards, I've come to realize they're full of shit and have no idea what they are talking about.
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/01/2012 at 7:22am
Originally posted by snowj720

^ I always figure the opposite- the shorter the  board the easier to manuver around trees.  While I like the float I get from my pow board back in the freshies of the trees, I do like my park board for quick turns and less to clip on the close callsConfused

I would have to agree with the smaller the board generally more control in terms of manuverability. and long the more stable.

Congrats on getting your 55
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/01/2012 at 2:30pm
Just an FYI, but usually these small increments in snowboard size are not focused solely on its length and effective edge... These small 2 cm increments are to address changes in board widths and sidecut. Have a look at the specs between 153 and 155 models; I can almost guarantee the primary change is on the widths and sidecut.
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  Quote andy_d Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/06/2012 at 1:39pm
Thanks guys. Stability I'm more concerned about. We'll see what happens though. I bought the board from Backcountry so I have no issues with returning.

Julius - here's a pic :)



Don't mean to take so long to follow up but looks like I'm not getting my notifications
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  Quote Duneluder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/18/2012 at 1:02pm
Originally posted by spenser

55.  still not a big board at all.  better for your weight and the things you want to do with it.  i'm 145lb and prefer 158-160 normally and still don't find it very large.  55 for sure between the two.  the 53 will give you no benefits over the 55.



Wow Spenser, a 158-160 seems big for someone your size. Is it mostly because you're riding that famed AK pow? (you bastard)

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