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    Posted: Feb/25/2013 at 10:07am
Been riding 15+ years, about 1-4 weekend trips per year- I consider myself to be advanced (although when I eat it I feel less advanced) on natural features but a beginner/intermediate in the park. I'm just starting to hit the jumps and am just getting comfortable with fakie. I want to keep working on that area. I'm 43, 6'0" 175lbs and in pretty good shape- surf and run a lot.

My current setup is a 2010 164 wide Burton Custom-X, with flow bindings and 11.5 flow hylite boots.

I love the boots and bindings, but they suck on the burton because the bindings need a special adapter to work with burtons ICS system. It just doesn't work well.

So 164 is too long for me, that and the bindings constantly getting loose is prompting a new board hunt.

I was looking at the lib tech hot knife in a 159... but maybe I should be looking at a 156? What size should I be looking for and should I be looking for a wide or midwide?

The hot knife is 25.5cm width... can I pull that off with the 11.5 hylites?

Any other specific recommendations for 40% park, 60% everywhere else?
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The Burton Custom X is probably my all time favorite charging stick but it is a stiff board as you well know that really feels the most natural when going all out.  Hard to ride in the park unless you are extremely advanced and even if you were that could very well not be your preference anyway for more freestyle riding.

164 is on the long side for your weight. You could dial it back all the way down to a 157 in my opinion.  Because of your background I would go for something between 157 and 161.  With 11.5 boots you probably need a mid wide and may need a wide but that really depends on how far on edge you get.  How wide is the 164x you currently own and have you ever had a problem with toe or heel drag?

Within the burton lineup you could look at the Custom, Sherlock, Vapor.  I am guessing you want to stay with Camber or at least a Hybrid with the more natural Camber profile which is Camber at the tip and tail and rocker between feet. The flying V in Burton's line is that profile and rides basically like a Cambered board.

Bataleon Riot is a True Twin but is still stiff.

Lib Tech would probably suit you well but I have never ridden one.

I would stay away from Capita with your background because their boards are soft.  I own a their Midlife which they say is a 6 and I would rate it a 2 on Burton's scale.


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I the custom x is a 26.1, and I have never had any dragging issues that I'm aware of... I have flow bindings that lift a bit at the heel and toe and the boots are pretty trim... I'm thinking that I have plenty of clearance.

And seriously from a 25.5 to 26.1? That's 6mm or 3mm on a side! I can't honestly imagine that making a giant difference :)

So it's between two boards I think... but I'll put that question in a new post.

Thanks!
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The custom x is a 26.1, and I have never had any dragging issues that I'm aware of... I have flow bindings that lift a bit at the heel and toe and the boots are pretty trim... I'm thinking that I have plenty of clearance.

And seriously from a 25.5 to 26.1? That's 6mm or 3mm on a side! I can't honestly imagine that making a giant difference :)

So it's between two boards I think... but I'll put that question in a new post.

Thanks!
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Sorry about the double post! The site hung on me and two clicks got me two posts...
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  Quote Backside10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/11/2013 at 5:55pm
A midwide would probably be good for you IMO given your weight and foot size. Im 5'11" 185 lbs and consider myself an upper intermediate park rider. I ride a 156 midwide. It is great for the park and ok for cruising, not amazing float in the deep stuff.  I think someting in the 157 to 158 range would be a good all around board for you. Hope that helps.
Nitro Rook 156, Burton Cartels
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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2013 at 1:10pm
My boy is on a 252mm waist width with size 12 boots with NO shrinkage tech.
Bindings angle 15/-15
Never felt drag, while carving, buttering, etc.
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