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    Mark
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    Anyone out there ride a notably big board?

    I ride a Salomon sickstick 161 and I love the $#!+ out of it. I’m looking for a splitboard but curious how big to go. I like the idea of a board bigger than my sickstick for bigger faster more demanding lines, but don’t want to go too big. Is there any benefit of skinning up?

    The G3 Scapegoat 166 is a top contender. If you have any experience with the board or big boards in general feel free to throw out some advice, I’m all ears.

    (ps I’m 6ft tall about 165lbs)

    #828799
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    161 to 166 (5cn) doesn’t seem like much of a difference to me, so I’m probably not the best person to make a recommendation.

    6′, 185lbs everyday board is 170, big board is a 195. Making kick turns skinning the 195 is not very fun, but going down is amazing!

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    #828856

    Shorter for skinning up, longer for downhill pow, shorter for daypack, longer for multiday trips…length = weight & float…up to you to decide what’s more important…following factory recommendations is best compromise if you are in doubt. I’m 6’2 @ 170 lbs and ride 166 jones…most of the time with 35 lbs multiday backpack.

    #828866
    Scooby2
    611 Posts

    Like Snurfer I am also a bit of an outlier, but it might give you context over 6-10cm more. I’m 6’1″, 185-195, size 11, ride pretty fast and always take a 187 x 27.5 but I go on “good to perfect” days in the Wasatch generally. It is too much for a sticky warm pow day in late spring and in the brush.

    I ride resorts now with kids sometimes so I have a 157 and a 167 for there.

    I tour with a guy from the winterstick days and your height and weight who has settled on the 165-167 length as perfect for Utah.

    Long boards offer no advantage on the climb except for maybe super deep super dry climbs. It helps if they have flat tails on kick turns.

    Between a 161 and a 166, stiffness of the board makes more of an impact in handling more speed than length will. Width and a good high rising nose and ability to set your stance back will make more of a difference in flotation. Don’t fear the size up to 166, but don’t expect a more than an incremental change either unless width and flex are notable different also.

    #828874
    Taylor
    792 Posts

    Another outlier at 6’4″ and 225 lbs and a penchant for fast, larger radius turns. My resort quiver ranges from 162 to 195. My split quiver ranges from 173 – 190. Length is important, but there are many other factors that affect how a shape rides too.

    As a very general rule, I won’t go below 170 or so, depending on the shape, because for the kind of riding I like to do, smaller surface area means larger chances of a board submarining at speed, especially on heel turns, which is unpleasant and dangerous.

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    #828877
    Mark
    4 Posts

    Thanks for the replies! I appriciate the advice, I am a newby and just making my first purchases into splitting.

    It sounds like a ~166 should be fine. This will be my first split (have toured before on skis but never with a board) so I don’t want to get anything too specialized.

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