Crystal Mountain, Hood River, Bellingham
So I had ACL surgery last spring and instead of the traditional Don Joy brace they suggested I went with these. They're way more comfortable, easy to adjust and offer impact protection as well. So far I've put skied and snowboarded at least 60+ days wearing this brace everytime with no strain on my knee.
My fulltime skier friends attach them to their boots which adds even more protection. So in my opinion these will protect your knee. That said there is always a chance. Do your PT and lots of cycling, you'll be ready to shred by next season!
Hey, So I'm 6'2" 180lbs, I usually ride 160-168 boards but I've got the hovercraft in a 156 and its perfect! It rides longer because of the long nose, super nimble though! The shape does make carving hardpack a little odd but amazing in powder. Enjoy!
So a twin is a reference to the shape, in this case the shape is the same on nose and tail. In this case the "directional" is a reference to the set back of the binding inserts. a set back stance will allow you to move your bindings back for riding powder. you can most likely still mount your bindings dead centered depending on your stance width.
With this board feel different when your going backwards? no, it will feel like you're going backwards though.
For a great Twin rockered board, thats easy to ride, check out the Lib Tech Skate banana. super fun!
Its the DTS Tracker.
I rode NS boards with size 11boots with no drag. its been my experience that wide boards are only necessary over size 12 and even than it depends on your stance angles. This board is awesome! I do still ride a wide board for the added float in powder, the agility on hardpack doesn't bother me that much.
Go with the 163, the size is deceptive because of the directional shape, its got a lot of nose and shorter tail. I rode demod the 163 and went with the 167. you'll be stoked with the board for sure
If I were you, copy and paste that same message, but send it to Salomon's customer service.
So, if you're going to ride powder, why not surf on top?
Built on a skate banana chassis with a massive wide nose and set back stance the full reverse camber keeps the nose up while maintaining a surfy ride even on hardpack.
The board feels amazingly stable at high speed in deep snow.
The large nose will not submarine even landing hard off cliffs it will buck you back upright instead of tossing into a tomahawk.
With magnetraction edges it still gets around groomers to your favorite stashes.
For sizing, I'm 6'2" 180lbs, advanced rider. my all mountain boards are 160-165. I ride the Birdman in a 170cm and its perfect, I could easily ride the 165cm also.
The 180cm is awesome for the days that the snow is bottomless.
If you're a quiver snowboarder that gets to ride pow often. GET THIS BOARD. and while your at it, buy me another one!
And I second Phil on this one, I've since moved on to the sabretooth clip, not as versatile but solid fit on boots with heel welt. The additional points help with stability and can be used to climb ice. You'll feel much more secure! Contacts are nice for light glacier travel
I would suggest against the Smith prophecy for that purpose, unless you wear glasses, they'll fit over those.
You should get the Smith Gambler goggles!!
Hey Steven, I rode wide boards for years with a size 11 foot, now that I'm more advanced I've only been riding narrow\standard width. At size 10 standard will be fine!
Wide boards are difficult to transition edge to edge and can really effect your turning on hardpack.
Well lucky for you, the bag does fold down! 157 will hold all that gear, helmets are funny to fit between the bindings sometimes. The 165 bag could come in handy if you ever travel with 2 boards or get a slightly larger board. I have the 165 free style bag and had a hard time fitting a 161 board in it. Extra room won't hurt!
The shoulder straps will be fine for summer time stuff but the back panel of ski\alpine packs is designed to shed snow as well as be comfortable. They will for sure keep you sweaty. That said, ski packs are awesome for hiking because of the unique pocket layouts and compressibility. If you're not going to be using it for a lot of skiing but mostly hiking you may want to look into something else.
So I'm close to your build. 6'2" 180. I've found that mammut's large fits me quite snug. I'd say you'll be happy with an XL.
The fit is nice in arm length and athletic in the body. The hem should be just below your waist in an XL.
Go with an XL, they have a wide cut in the leg. I"m 6'2" 185lbs with a 32" waist, the large have plenty of leg length and some extra room in the waist. Great adjustments to get them tightened up. I have an XL of the Norrona one piece. its very roomy in the ... well the whole thing!
Angus is spot on, this pack is for ski mountaineering. For that reason look to a more climbing orientated pack. Anything over 35L will be enough for that amount of gear. Personally I like the Osprey Variant 37 and the Black Diamond Speed series. That said, the Black diamond Epic 45 will fit all that gear and has their Ergoactive suspension that pivots with your hips and shoulders while hiking, making it very comfortable to carry heavy loads.