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 Post subject: How long is it?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:09 pm 
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I'm going to be in the market for a switchboard sometime this year, and I had some questions about length (ahem). Everything I've read says that a switchboard should be longer than one's standard board. Everything I've read also says that tapered boards should be 3-6 cm shorter than ones average board.

Do these two directives mutually cancel each other out? Does one take precedence over the other? Are there other, more arcane formulae to throw into the mix?

I'm 5'11'', 170 lbs, and ride an Arbor Element 162 in the front and backcountry. It treats me real nice on anything but the deep pow, where it tends to nosedive (followed by me face-planting). Insofar as what I like to ride, pretty much anything that's not pipe and park -- steeps, trees, groomers/hard pack, a bit of everything.

By the time the cash flow comes together, I figure the Voile Mojo will be on the market. Should I go 161 or 166? If I went with a Prior Khyber, should it be a 160 or 165? I do most all of my backcountry in Colorado, which to my experience has meant powder more often than not...

Thanks all for any help/advice...Jim


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165 or 166 should do ya just fine. Don't overcomplicate it.

....just make sure you buy a SPLITboard, not a SWITCHboard. But I do like the sound to that. :D


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Definitely go bigger. Since pow and hucks are usually the name of the game in the BC, bigger boards rule. Better in variable conditions too. I wouldn't go less than 165 personally, but thats just me. I think u'd be stoked with the 66mojo fer sure.

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I like quest switchboards sometimes even pacifacbell switchboards.

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Split-board? WTF is that?

Long day at work...Thanks for the advice -- I figured the mid-160s on up to 170 would be the best fit...


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If a 162 is making you face-plant in the powder, I would go even longer than a 165. I usually ride a 162 inbounds and my Voile split is a 173. I just finished making a splitboard that is only a 159, for spring riding, and no pow days. I am 5'11" and 150lb, and I can control a 173 with out too much effort. I would go in the 168 - 170 if I were you, otherwise you may run into similar problems. Some outdoor shops rent splitboards now, check around and see if you can rent a couple different sizes. Most of my fellow split riders have chosen to up-size 6-10cm from their inbound boards.

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I should qualify the face-plant comment -- the Arbor 162 tends to nose dive in the deep powder on shallow angled slopes. Once I get up the speed it's fine. That being said, I want to consider a Mojo 171 as well.

If I can't find a longer splitboard to rent (or any splitboard, for that matter), would renting a long unsplit board and hauling it into the backcountry give me a reasonable approximation? Seems like it would...

Thanks again for all the help from everyone...


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I would think that the Mojo would be a good choice, its not too long, but long enough to get the job done in the deeper stuff. Not to mention it looks like a sweet ride.

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Have you tried Jax? Powder-tracker works there and told me once they rent them.

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I'll check at Jax...thanks for the heads up.

The Wrightlife used to rent (maybe still does) and old Burton Split, which I took out one day only to discover (about 1/2 way up S. Diamond) that the adhesive on the skins was failing...The day went downhill from there (no pun intended)...


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