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  Quote tignesrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: which snowboard to choose-
    Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 1:48am
Hi everyone.

After 3rd Snowboarding week i décider to get my own.
I can easily do all lists, with some difficulties on the black ones.

I mostly do pists and sometimes off pits, but no jumps yet. I'm 165 cm long for 55kg and I'm a girl.

I am interested in 4 boards from different shops. (All off them with lowered price.)

- a Burton. 396$. 151cm. Comes up to my mouth. I saw that long snowboard is perfect for what I do but I'm afraid it will be hard to control with my light Weight. Salesman says that I can learn much with this one. Guess it's a man snowboard. Do you think that might suit me despite my weight and my level?
- a Burton junior, same price, 145cm. Was told by another salesman that this might be to small when trying to control the board on black slopes.
- Nitro spindwell 346$. Recommended to me by another salesman
- Salomon 204$. I actually rented a Salomon snowboard once, probably not better than this one, and was really satisfied with it. I actually have no idea of how the brilliant Burton sensations differ. Could that be good enough to begin with?

I tried a test on the internet that recommended a 145 cm snowboard. I don't know which salesman to trust or which snowboard to choose. Thanks for your help.
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 3:28am
I think we need to see a photo of you to make sure we match you up with the proper board, please post at your convenience.
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  Quote rye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 3:59am
dont use teh chin technique for sizing, its very general and is not the best form. Go online and google " snowboarding sizing guide" l'm at work hence can't link you
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  Quote milutinho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 4:00am
I concur...we definitely need a picture.
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  Quote nuggetuconn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 4:00am
Burton's board finder, very helpful.

http://www.burton.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Burton_US-Site/default/BoardFinder-Start#/rider

147-148 if you decide to speed down black diamonds
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  Quote tignesrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 8:04am
Some pictures from 2013:



Picture of 2010:


I can take pictures of the 4 different snowboards if you need to see them.
Sorry I don't know how to reduce the pictures...
I tried the Burton board finder but it recommends 145-146 cm boards as well. And indeed I take black diamonds sometimes.
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  Quote tignesrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 8:20am
Can go to the shop and post those 4 snowboards model names if you need them.
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  Quote MTpow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 8:26am
don't buy a junior/kids model board if you aren't a child.

at 5'4 120 lbs I would recommend something in the 145-147 range for sure.
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 10:07am
the model names would be helpful so we know what kind of profiles they have, that could be a huge factor. For example you dont want a reverse camber board if your bombing down blacks, you might find yourself washing out quite a bit.
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
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  Quote vicente Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 10:47am
take a look at the thrive prestige they're great snowboards I'm riding the mens version just google thrive snowboards dougs got it on sale for 329$ too
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  Quote nuggetuconn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 11:52am
Demo boards if you can, not the rentals. Find a brand and a profile you like, Also try different binding angles so you can dial in your settings :)
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  Quote milutinho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 3:21pm
my wife rides a never summer infinity...i believe they have one in your size range and she absolutely loves it...she also rode a 2010 burton custom and that board was phenomenal..in my opinion the last good custom.
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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 3:51pm
Nice job posting the photos.  Now, to really be of assistance to you, please post some photos of you wearing minimal clothing so I can get an idea of your height, weight, center of gravity and body shape.  Using that data I can create a list of 4 or 5 boards that will be a true match for you.
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 4:09pm
you guys are dogs lol, but if you wanna post some im not gonna object.
It comes and it goes, get it while it lasts.
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  Quote sleeepili Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2013 at 7:36pm
noticed on your 2nd picture that the bindings are set too far back, i.e. no toe hanging off board and too much heel. Whatever setup you get, make sure to center your boots laterally with the board so that you have an even amount of heel and toe over the side edges
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  Quote tignesrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 8:21am
The models are Burton Genie, Salomon Radiant, nitro speedwell, Burton Blunt 11 (151 cm), Burton Flying V custom (2012 junior modell, 145 cm)
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  Quote vicente Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 8:38am
it's a rental (read the post/think) I'm going with an old rossi, rental bindings don't really offer much in the way of adjustment.
OP you need a womens board it will make your life way better trust me on this if it's a womens board don't get it, don't get kids (junior) snowboard either its not the same, and a BTW burtons been making some pretty crappy esp for the price the last few years, I work in a tune/repair shop and see quite few snowboards in a week.

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  Quote tignesrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 10:33am
http://nitrousa.com/en-gb/board/swindle
http://www.snowboard-review.com/snowboard_reviews/review/radiant/
http://www.snowboard-review.com/snowboard_reviews/review/Blunt3/ (151 cm only)

Those are the 3 I looked at. I don't know if those boards are rentals, I don't know if the Burton was man or woman, the salesman was unable to Tel,. Salomon is a girl snowboard and Nitro is a mans, but the salesman said that flex and breadth was suited for a woman.
Please note that I live in Sweden and there is not the whole variety of snowboards that you can find in the US. Plus, I want a snowboard from 2012 which makes it cheaper. So not that much to choose bland.
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 4:18pm
im gonna say go with the salomon, its an actual female board its camber and is good for all mountain riding everything is else is built for men. and you will find it much harder to maneuver. go with the salomon.
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  Quote vicente Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 4:57pm
yea I'd say go with the solomon out of all those boards they make a pretty good product, you really should take a look at the thrive though no sure what shipping will be but they're awesome boards at a great price.

another thought the salesmen couldn't tell/didn't know if the blunt was a mens or womens board is pretty/really pathetic it's a mens board, I wouldn't trust his "knowledge" very much.
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  Quote sdwc96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2013 at 6:24pm
a 148 thrive prestige would be a really good choice. it rides like a bigger board due to its effective edge but is really light and handles well. the rocker between the bindings makes it really playful but the camber outside your bindings is really great for locking in carves and going fast. theyre currently 40% off. if you are ever near lake tahoe, ca you should try to demo one.
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Size wise, 144-148.
The Blunt will be too big for you. It'll require a lot of effort from you to ride and it'll feel sluggish.
I'm bout the same size but a bit taller and a 152 feels too big for me. Also, stay away from junior gears.
If you're think bout the Burton Flying V Custom, why not the Sierra V Spot?
The Swindle will be fine since is a softer board. You'll be able to maneuver and manlipute it easily. And it'll be forgiving. But it might be too soft for black d's, so stay on the higher board length within your weight range if you decide to get this board. Extra length will add stiffness, therefore it'll be more stable. Thus, there's more effective edge and base.
Dunno much bout the Solomon. But it seems like a mid flex board.
If you're just cruising and carving the slopes, Solomon might be a better choice. If you want to learn a few tricks, the Swindle.
Someone mentioned your how your bindings are set, they're too much on the heel side.
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  Quote LaNieve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2013 at 1:04am
Id also say go for something around 145 according to your height and weight.
Id really recommend womens specific boards, from my experience theyre way lighter than mens and also has smaller width because women usually has smaller feet than men and with specific for womens feet size will make the board so much easier to manuever.
 
When comparing boards, check their specs and see the flex rate..
Harder flex boards are better for just riding and carving, if youre keener on tricks go for soft boards.
If you ride a lot of powder, look for directional/ reverse cambers, they give you better float.
If your base mountain gets hard packed snow and ice a lot, it would be a really good idea to check out Smokin or LibTech boards because theyve got magnetraction edge tech which gives much better edge grip.
 
(Also, to some of the others who has posted before me... Its Salomon with an A, not Solomon. Solomon was the name of some king back in the day..)
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i would get nitro.... burtons tend to be a little expensive relative to the performance
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/09/2013 at 12:24am
I know you're looking to buy local... is it more for immediate ownership (no waiting for shipping) or are you looking for the best bang for your buck as well?  I really recommend you reconsider shopping online... I know you'd have shipping costs and delays to deal with but the deals you get online are far worth the extra shipping time and can still be cheaper with shipping costs and customs fees than buying local.

Have you tried many boards in your 3 weeks of riding?  If not, then I wouldn't be super picky with your first board.  It may take you some time to feel out the differences in shapes, flex, tech, etc.  Given that, I highly recommend you focus on getting the proper length (144-148); longer being better for POW and stability for speeds, shorter for better maneuverability, control, and quicker turns.  I +1 the Thrive Prestige recommendation.  The Prestige is similar to the Renegade that I ride.  A medium flex board with hybrid rocker, I think you'd love it.  Shreds all, playful yet still can ride aggressive!  Currently 40% off too.  Or perhaps a softer more playful Sierra V-Spot (on this site) plus Sierra S90 bindings combo.

If you haven't already invested in a great pair of boots, I highly suggest you shell out a bit more money on those!  And this is something you should buy local since you must try them on first (unless you try them on local and find better deals online).  Perfect sizing is very important and you want to stay warm, dry, and comfortable as you ride.  Boots can definitely make the difference between a super awesome day on the hill... or a crap day.

Have you already purchased boots and bindings?  Maybe you'll also want to save some money on a dedicated snowboard jacket?  ... and yes, post more pics of yourself on your profile! Wink  Welcome to the wonderful world of snowboarding!!!
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  Quote nifeblade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2013 at 7:09pm
whatever you do , i wouldn't choose a burton board just cause you are paying a premium for their brand name.... not saying their boards suck but they are a little overpriced...
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