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Old February 7th, 2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Dad and I are lookin at gettin a board we can both ride on occasion (mostly for me, but he is learning too) both about 220 lbs (give/take 10). Are thinking 160-164 (i have ridden both and didn't notice much difference). Are both beginners, and he wants to buy the board, so i am all for it. Here are some boards that we have been looking at. Give your thoughts please, would be much appreciated. Listed in order of preference of mine.

K2 Fuse, k2 Format wide, Burton Bullet, and Burton Mayhem.

all that i have seen have these listed as beginner/intermediate boards. the K2 fuse looks like it's the best board for the $. 189, w/o bindings boots of course.

any other recommendations for a beginner board?

I have been renting a burton cruzer at the ski hill, and he has been riding burton LTR which is their learn to ride board that supposedly is like oober forgiving. I had no particular preference b/t the 160 LTR and the 164 cruzer
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Old February 8th, 2009, 03:36 AM   #2
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get something twin tip, wider, and shorter..it will make learning alot easier..i THINK theres an older board floating around called a K2 fatbob. beats the hell outta me why it got discontinued but was a very nice learning board.
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Old February 8th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #3
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the shorter the board the easier to learn. Hell I still ride a 161 and i've been on it for over 12 years. The fatbob was mainly for people with big feet so they didnt overhang the board. How tall are you? Typically, you get a board that matches your height. you want it to be about to your nose. Shorter if you are starting out (or park), longer if you want to carve and just ride.
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I disagree with both trogdor and dylan. Longer boards are easier to learn on, easier to turn and easier to control.

I do agree with dylan about how to determine board length, right around chin to nose high.

I've been riding Burton snowboards since 1992 I've never had a problem with one of their boards.

I instructed for 5+ years, you have any questions let me know.
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why should height matter? it's only weight going down to the groud... (what i read on some sites lol). i am thinking i wil need a wide, have size 13 feet

i am 6 3 old man is 5 11
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the length of the board and your stance. Say you were extremely heavy and short, you'd be on a huge long board and your feet would be very close together in the middle. Or on the oppossite spectrum if you were 6'5 and weighed 120 pounds you would be on a super short board with your feet on the tips of the board. So you go buy height.

if you are heavy for your height get a stiffer board, if you are light for you height you can get a softer board.
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Size 13 is a wide board for sure. A 164 is a rather large board, more of a speed board. The flex/stiffness depends on what kind of riding you plan on doing. If you are planning to ride locally I would not go over a 159 for you and a 156 for your dad. I would also go with a park style board like the burton Dom ect. I would go burton no matter what! You can get a 159 in a wide as well.
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thx fer yer inputs!!! will consider the board length
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Check out Burton's Floater series.
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Also, every board should have a sticky on it with a weight range and terrain type.
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160-164 is probably a good range for your height/weight. A shorter board with a softer flex will be easier to control as slower speeds (learning speed). To be honest, a snowboard is a snowboard, especially when you're learning. It's when you develop some skills is when you can start to nitpick over subtle differences between boards, because that's when they become noticeable.
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