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  • #578966
    peartree
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    I’m going to get a storm just need help with size selection. I have size 12 boots so the 27 seems like the best option. Is this what others have experienced with similar sized feet? I’m just worried about the 171 being a little longer than I would like to have. I am 6′ though. Anyone with any experience on the 171-27?

    #670452
    Taylor
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    27 is the width to get for your 12s. I have the 12s and have a 181 / 27 storm. Owing to the rocker and generous sidecut I think the storms ride short for their length. I wouldn’t fear 171.

    #670453
    FloImSchnee
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    27cm waist is fine for size 12 feet. (on slopes an even wider board could be fine, sometimes)

    You won’t face any issues turning the board. As Taylor said, due to its nose and tail rocker it turns easily.

    #670454
    wjb
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    I had the same concern before I bought mine. I have the same size (171-27) for my size 13’s. I have found it turns way better then shorter boards I have had and the added length is very welcome when doing high speed runouts.

    #670455
    peartree
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    I have the 12s and have a 181 / 27 storm.

    How tall are you? The 181 seems like it would be a boat? I wanted to get a Venture from their bargain bin but they just sold out of the 171. I didn’t act fast enough. I really think the 27 would be the best for my 12s just dont want to drop the extra cash to get a new one unless I absolutely have to. They still have a 181 but I think that might be way to big?

    #670456
    Taylor
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    @peartree wrote:

    I have the 12s and have a 181 / 27 storm.

    How tall are you? The 181 seems like it would be a boat? I wanted to get a Venture from their bargain bin but they just sold out of the 171. I didn’t act fast enough. I really think the 27 would be the best for my 12s just dont want to drop the extra cash to get a new one unless I absolutely have to. They still have a 181 but I think that might be way to big?

    Yeah, the 27 is the width to get with 12s.

    I thought I was 6’2″ but then recently had a physical and learned that I’m actually 6’4″ – and 225 lbs. I’ve been riding for 31 years and like to ride fast and arc big turns, so I prefer the speed stability of longer boards.

    I think the 181 (and the storms) ride short owing to the rocker and the abundant sidecut. If I’m going to be lugging all the weight uphill (it’s not a light board), I’d much prefer something more stable at speed (read: my Donek). That’s a complaint with the Storm (as a splitboard); long board weight penalty, short board instability.

    The flip side is that they turn very, very easily, and are a breeze to shred in trees or other tight terrain. And there are people on this forum who swear by them for riding steeps.

    I think any advanced snowboarder taller than 6′ and weighing more than 175lbs would be able to turn the 181 just fine and would enjoy all the float it affords in pow. The question is whether you need that length for your preference of terrain, snow and riding style, or if going with the 171 gets you the ride you want without the extra board weight.

    #670457
    FloImSchnee
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    @peartree wrote:

    They still have a 181 but I think that might be way to big?

    Well, it depends on what you like to ride.

    I’m 6’3″ and the board I ride most is 192cm long, without any rocker but full camber. I can also turn it well in the trees, even though the 160cm Hovercraft is more playful there.

    I wouldn’t be scared at all concerning the 181 Storm for your size, as it will turn well due to the rocker.
    Float will be just great, you’ll be able to still make turns in flats, where shortboarders have to go straight not to sink and walk.

    #670458
    powslash
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    peartree, what boots and stance angles are you running? Depending on your stance and boots you might do fine on a 26 waist. Binding height can factor in too.

    #670459
    peartree
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    I have burton rulers size 12 and 15° in the front and 9° in the rear and I’m thinking I’ll get the new magnetos.

    #670460
    powslash
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    Tough call. You might be fine on a 26. Only way to know for sure would be to test fit and see if boot drag is going to be a problem.

    To give you an idea of what’s possible, I ride 30/10, size 11 salomons with the shrink tech or whatever they call it and can comfortably ride waist widths 25-27. Skinning on a narrower ski is a little easier so if you could pull off a 26 there is that advantage.

    #670461
    peartree
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    Anyone out there that rides size 12 boot with a 26 board?

    I’m wondering with the storm and the -30 setback and a more aggressive (20°to30°) front stance I will be able to make the 26 work?

    #670462
    FloImSchnee
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    My boots are of similar boot length as Burton Rulers 12 and I would suffer severe toe drag with a 26cm board.
    Even with the 27cm boards I sometimes boot out.

    Angles 35/25°

    In case you only ride powder, this doesn’t matter.

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