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Coldis
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17/07/2019 4:15 pm  

I'm trying to get a board for my girlfriend for next season, but I can't seem to wrap my mind around what size to get her since it differs so much from myself. She's just beginning and this will be her first setup, but has good balance and skateboard well, I could see her adapting to snowboarding fairly quickly. All I know is I want to get a softer rocker board, but what size do I get. What do you guys think? 

She's 5'3 and about 102 lbs. At first I was thinking the smaller women's sizes was the way to go - like 140 or 141, but after talking to a female friend of mine who's an experienced snowboarder she expressed that she thought it would be too short and that I should go closer to the 143-145 range. 

What would make the most sense here since she's a beginner? Smaller for maneuverability or longer for stability? 

I'm really thankful for any help. Grazie a tutti!


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17/07/2019 4:44 pm  

Don't know if there's one "right" answer because it depends and may not be the same for different people & conditions. E.g. what's her skating ability & style, where you gonna teach (big open empty flat run vs. limited space / crowded area, tricky double fall lines, whatever)...

I started our older daughter when she was about this weight on a soft K2 144 twin w/ flat profile and I think that helped her progress faster than if I had gone true camber or rocker. She had only done a bit of skating but is quite sporty and coordinated and was riding black diamonds after only several days (not in good style or anything but she wanted to ride with me and she had fun). I'd probably go with a flat profile again if I had to do it all over.

Personal opinion here: she doesn't need as much stability starting out; this probably comes in later when she gets better. It's not like she's gonna mach down the run the first days, unless she's very brave and you're teaching her to point it 🙂 


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17/07/2019 8:30 pm  

Given her size, for her first board , anything in the 140-145 range should be just fine. More importantly don't go wide (i.e. Slush Slasher, War Pig, etc...). Stick to a true twin with a more traditional width and some form of hybrid rocker/camber profile. Something with a softer flex too. If she like it and progresses, she can still keep that board around for the park or a rock board. I'd suggest something along the lines of a Capita BOAF/Paradise, Gnu Ladies Choice/Velvet, NS Proto/Infinity.


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18/07/2019 1:23 am  

Thanks a lot for the input! I was thinking about the Capita space metal fantasy 141 or 143, what do you think? It also turns out she’s super picky about graphics and only like the 2018 version which I can only find in a 141 which has a 231mm waist, would that work with a (womens) size 7 boot? Is that something I should be concerned about for a beginner?


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18/07/2019 1:25 am  

I was also thinking the nugget 134 or 138 could be a fun alternative. Would that be stupid for a first and only board? Would the 138 be too big? 

 

 


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18/07/2019 5:23 am  

Where do you live?


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18/07/2019 5:54 am  

I live in Sweden, so no Whistler-sized days or anything. Mostly hardpack groomer riding for her in the beginning, I'm guessing. 


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18/07/2019 1:42 pm  

In Finland. If you don't want to risk having bought a new board and her not getting into it, I have a Burton socialite 142 that my girlfriend used for a few days beginning. In pristine condition. Can let go for cheap. It's a softer flat rocker that holds an edge reasonably well and still has a sintered base. It definitely made my girlfriend progress faster as a boaf was a bit too much to which she moved to after it.


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18/07/2019 1:53 pm  

The Space Metal Fantasy should be fine. 141 or 143 should be fine. Really, any board in a 140-145 with a 225ish-235ish waist width and a mid flex should be a good choice. Get her something that she likes the looks of. As she progresses, she can figure out where she wants to go for her next board. Right now, she'll just be learning basic board control skills on groomed runs.

Much more important than the board is making sure that she has boots that fit her well, are comfortable, and which will keep her feet warm. If she's not distracted by being cold or uncomfortable and she has (at worst) only minimal heel lift or other boot fit issues, then she can focus on learning and having fun.


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19/07/2019 2:20 am  
Posted by: Coldis

Thanks a lot for the input! I was thinking about the Capita space metal fantasy 141 or 143, what do you think? It also turns out she’s super picky about graphics and only like the 2018 version which I can only find in a 141 which has a 231mm waist, would that work with a (womens) size 7 boot? Is that something I should be concerned about for a beginner?

You mean this one?

https://www.freshfarm.it/snowboard/capita-space-metal-fantasy-28389-3869.jsp?utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=retargeting&utm_campaign=product

But as Matty says, good fitting boots are numero uno.

Where in Sweden do you live?

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19/07/2019 2:57 pm  

Electropow: Thanks a lot but she’s all hyped on Capita now, haha. 

Unsuspected: yeah that one, thanks! I live in Stockholm, where are you at?


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20/07/2019 12:36 am  
Posted by: Coldis

Electropow: Thanks a lot but she’s all hyped on Capita now, haha. 

Unsuspected: yeah that one, thanks! I live in Stockholm, where are you at?

Then you have to swing by my board cave in Ulvsunda 🙂

180cm I 87kg-142kg I 270MP
Go wide!


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20/07/2019 4:56 pm  
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Posted by: Coldis

Electropow: Thanks a lot but she’s all hyped on Capita now, haha. 

Unsuspected: yeah that one, thanks! I live in Stockholm, where are you at?

Then you have to swing by my board cave in Ulvsunda 🙂

Oh hellyeah, for sure!


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06/08/2019 12:43 pm  
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Posted by: Coldis

Electropow: Thanks a lot but she’s all hyped on Capita now, haha. 

Unsuspected: yeah that one, thanks! I live in Stockholm, where are you at?

Then you have to swing by my board cave in Ulvsunda 🙂

Oh hellyeah, for sure!

@coldis you have PM 🙂

180cm I 87kg-142kg I 270MP
Go wide!


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