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    Posted: Feb/19/2013 at 11:29am
Hello snowboard community,

I'm trying to figure out a good size snowboard for myself. It doesn't seem as straight forward as buying skis.

I'm interested in this board (mostly for the look):
Salomon Sabotage 2012-2013
http://skipro.com/index.php/sabotage-wide-23w.html?SID=cf775c3873f86e89f87b6941e08bbba6

Is there a big diffeence in a board that is 155, 158, 159 size? This board also comes in wide?

I've been snowboarding on rentals for the past 5 years, and would rate myself as intermediate, or weak intermediate. I think rentals have taken me as far as I want to go with them. And since I want to snowboard more, renting is not paying off.

I'm 170lbs, 5'11", size 10 boot. I'm 32 yr old.

I mostly do downhill snowboarding, but as I get better I want to get into some of the terrain parks, jumps etc. Nothing extreme.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
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For your weight, all of those sizes are fine.

Its really now down to you to fine tune it with your own preferences, so heres the very basic:

1. The 159 versus 155. 

- 159 has longer effective edge which means more stability at speed or in more complex terrain (as you say, you like downhill). It will also be more weight appropriate which means more pop and energy throughout the board giving you a more lively and fun ride. It also means more float in deeper snow. 

- 155 is easier to spin around, it will be more dead which isnt a bad thing, it means its pliable and has faster maneuverability. Its going to be easier to butter and spin around. This is why people tend to size down. They want that swing weight cut down for faster spins and sizing down means youre at a weight slightly at the high end of the manufacturers suggested idea of its "flex". Obviously, the more weight you can put on your deck the easier itll be to bend it/load it. But the harder itll be to pop it. And pop gives the board a lot of its energy. 

Le trade off. Smile

Ideally, your weight kinda sticks you from 156-160 and you can push it from 153-163 id say if you really wanted (though in truth theres no real upper limit - you can just pick up a huge board if all youre doing is pointing it down a massive open chute all day and just want massive turns - if you can control it, no reason you cant get on a 180 if you like).

Truth is sizing isnt an exact science. Its a messy business involving previous experience, rider preference, type of riding, type of terrain you ride (if you ride pow all the live long day why size down?), and just all round ability. These are just ballpark considerations. But now you should be in at least a position to decide for yourself what youre maybe looking to pick up. All of those sizes will work for you, but maybe one sounds more like what youre after than the other.  

 


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I found this little chart from Salomon:

Sabotage + Classicks      156      250      125-165      7.5 - 10.5
Sabotage + Classicks      159      251      145-195      7.5 - 11
Sabotage + Classicks W      158      259      145-210      8 - 11.5

I'm thinking I will go with the 159. It sounds like this board will be just fine for me. I was debating about going down to the the 156, but I'd already be over the ideal weight, and if a chunk on some lbs over the next couple of years, ... lol well I don't even know if it will effect the board much. Ideally I want to be around 175lbs anyway.

The board is a freestyle board in general so I think I will be fine as I move from just downhill to some jumps and the terrain park. The only think that has kept me teetering back and forth on the size is, I swear all the demo videos I watch they are all on the 156. Maybe they are just shorter guys with smaller feet.    

Anyone wants to comment please feel free. I will probably pull the trigger on my purchase in the next day or two.
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  Quote gsrrr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/19/2013 at 6:01pm
Like ippy said, you can go with either the 156 or 159, depends on if you want high speed stability or something shorter so you can throw it around easier.  

What sizes have your rented/been on before?   If you were on something shorter than 156, I'd go with the Salomon in 156 as a 159 might be a relatively big jump in size.  Otherwise, I'd suggest the 159. 


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