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Big boarder needs new stuff!

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Hi guys and sorry for asking,. but I really really really need a few tip on what to buy!

My current kit was bought before Napoleon died and am desperate to upgrade. There are about 10 times as many brands now compared to when I kept track of the market, almost making me feel like a newbie again and it is hard to know what to look for and avoid.

About me:
Lenght: 6'2 (187)
Weight 265 (115)
shoe size 13 (47)

I mostly enjoy powder and agressive grooming, but hit the park every now and then as well. It might be worth mentioning that I intend to get my new kit in the US (even though I am Swedish).

A gigantic thank you to anybody taking their time!

//Ehawk
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
you will probably get an answer to this if you posted in the snowboarding section
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
As a largish boarder myself who enjoys powder and carving on the piste, I recommend:

For powder:
Rad Air Tanker. Go for 187cm or 200cm.
http://www.rad-air.com/08/en/tkr.php
Shorter/Wider sizes also available.

I have a Lib Tech Doughboy 198cm board, but I don't think they're made any more.
http://olympic.craigslist.org/spo/916458461.html

You'll need stiff softboots (if that's not an oxymoron) and high back bindings.

Check out Salomon Malamute
http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/2009-Salomon-Malamute-42960.asp

For piste:
A wide (for large feet) carving board
The Swoard 175H
http://www.extremecarving.com/swoard/swoard.html
I don't think its warranty covers your weight tho.

Check out Prior ATV
http://www.bomberonline.com/store/boards/Prior_ATV.cfm

Hard boots for your weight: Deeluxe Track 700T
http://www.bomberonline.com/store/boots/Deeluxe_Track_700T.cfm

Hard bindings
http://www.bomberonline.com/store/bindings/td3_standard.cfm


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I should add that if you want a single board to cover both powder and piste, then the Prior ATV 171 with a stiff/semi-hard boot setup might be worth a go.

If you're going to hit the park a lot then you may well need a shorter board (Prior ATV 167 say). A 2m board is a ba5tard to rotate in a hurry. It depends whether you're simply into jumps or also into half-pipe and acrobatics.
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Thanks a lot for the information. I have read a lot about the models you have recommended. The Rad-Air looks really good, but is quite pricy as well. A board that seem to match my needs and price however is the Prior freeride (http://www.priorsnowboards.com/boards_mfr.php). Is that a board you have experienced, or know anybody who has?

I also asked the same question in a local forum and was recommended:
Lib-Tech Skunk Ape 167 BTX and Gnu Riders Choice 166 BTX

They look quite good as well, but I am a little worried about their lenght. I also searched for the Doughboy model that you had, but as you thought, doesn't seem to be produced any more.
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I have a mate how is about 6'6, 15-16stone and when we went out to Whistler last year we went to the Prior Factory and it was the only place he could find that even had a board big enough for him. Having skied a full season with it he still loves it!!

Sorry not sure which model he picked off the top of my head.
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