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question about snowboard width and foot size

I would like to ask a qeustion about the snowboard width and foot size. I just bought a second hand snowboard, which has width of 23cm. but my boots are 38, which makes at least 3cm over hang...I am a beginner in snowboarding, no idea if this board is fit for me or not....
on the internet, they suggest the board should be at least 23.8cm....will it be a big problem for me?

thank you for your advices!
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I would like to ask a qeustion about the snowboard width and foot size. I just bought a second hand snowboard, which has width of 23cm. but my boots are 38, which makes at least 3cm over hang...I am a beginner in snowboarding, no idea if this board is fit for me or not....
on the internet, they suggest the board should be at least 23.8cm....will it be a big problem for me?

thank you for your advices!
It will be a big problem when you're on your toe edge cos you will probably catch an edge with your boots rather than your snowboard. I suggest you dial your bindings to a forward stance until there's only a little overhang left. Make sure though that the total of your binding angles is not more than 30 degrees.

Don't worry if you won't be able to do the duck stance! The great Terje Haakonsen has been boarding ever since with binding angles +21 and +9 and never looked back.

Does this make sense to you?
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Re: question about snowboard width and foot size

just saw this and you've probably resolved it by now - but i'm blessed with big feet (46 ) and have to use a wider board (26cm) to avoid heels and toes catching.

3cm overhang sounds too much, but i'd say a bit of overhang is ok as the boot is usually a bit above the board edge itself so you can still angle the board a lot before any contact in turns (if it look at mine its probably a cm or so - maybe nearly 2 even at the very outside bit of the boot).

try changing the angles as jepoy said - they are marked on the binding disc in case you didn't know!

i use +15 degrees front (ie toes angled towards board front) and -5 degrees on the back (ie toes angled towards tail) -ie slight duck stance and works ok for me. try various and see what feels right and comfortable.

but also make sure binding is set so any overhang is even toe and heel - you can usually put the mounting discs in three or 4 positions widthways to sort this.

good luck!
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Re: question about snowboard width and foot size

I'm also a big footed guy and got an extra wide (and long) Tanker board, I still have a little overhang still. I'm looking to get a smaller board this year as the tanker is a bit of a beast on the piste, so was looking into using elevators/risers, anyone else used them?

I got 48 feet, so there's quite a bit of overhang on a regular board.
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Re: question about snowboard width and foot size

You need an Elan El Grande !!

A small amount of heel over hang front an back is fine. If you place the board in the binding, you will see how much angle you have to be at to get toe/heel drag.

Do make sure that you have the boot centered on the board, which may not mean the binding is centered!
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Re: question about snowboard width and foot size

Do a Google on snowboard riding angles, if you don't understand the above too well. There is a huge variation, depending on style, what you want to do with it, etc. A bit late I know - but in general I would never advise anybody to buy a board before renting and having some experience (preferably a few lessons - bad habits are hard to lose!). Personally I use a slight duck stance (-5 on the back foot) because it is much kinder on my knees, and 28 on front. If your board is really narrow, it might be a racing board, far to fast for a beginner and not good for turns - I'd seek advice from the snowboard instructor in resort. Bonne chance and have fun. (Don't forget to use knee pads and hand/wrists supports- not worth cutting down on those!).
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Re: question about snowboard width and foot size

Do a Google on snowboard riding angles, if you don't understand the above too well. There is a huge variation, depending on style, what you want to do with it, etc. A bit late I know - but in general I would never advise anybody to buy a board before renting and having some experience (preferably a few lessons - bad habits are hard to lose!). Personally I use a slight duck stance (-5 on the back foot) because it is much kinder on my knees, and 28 on front. If your board is really narrow, it might be a racing board, far to fast for a beginner and not good for turns- racers ride with feet at incredibly sharp angles forwards, so feet overhang is no problem. Do you have bindings on them? Most Swiss with racing boards have raised bindings for hard boots. I'd seek advice from the snowboard instructor in resort. Bonne chance and have fun. (Don't forget to use knee pads and hand/wrists supports- not worth cutting down on those!).
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