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I am thinking of getting a slalom board but have no idea about dimensions.

What are people using to race on now. Width?, Length?

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You can look at the stock boards from Kessler and SG. Generally 156 to 163 length and 190 to 205 width depending on your size.

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I think it really depends on the size of the rider, boot size, and stance angles desired.

I'd be looking for something 168-170 and 23-24 in width.

@Buell and I bookend the average adult male so probably somewhere in the middle... That is if your average. 

Mahalo.

Edited by lonbordin
But he's a hardbooting therefore he's already above average... As are we all... Adjust accordingly.

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Ha. Yeah, if I were racing on a stock SL I’d be on a 156 or 157 at my 145 pounds. Kessler offers a 150. 

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I always thought that Womens SL is 157, mens SL 163. Waist is 19.x and 20.x respectfully. 

Board can be 163cm long, but stiffer or softter 

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Thanks for all of the info, I'll check out the different manufacturers .

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SL: female 157-160-162
       male  162-163-164
GS: female 175-177-180-185
       male 185-189-190-192

 

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Longest true slalom board I know is the Nobile 166, for SL it'll be everything below that.

K168, SG 170 those are weird freecarve boards and one of a kind per brand, otherwise everything follows the progression of:

166- for SL board, longer the stiffer

171+ for GS, longer the stiffer

If you're starting out, get like an used slalom board to get a feel for it, stuff like old F2 Speedsters and stuff, get one in your weight range ish. Once you get some time on snow and have a decent technique and preferred style, then choose a new board.

Generally people like GS boards for free-ride, SL board is constantly turning and quite an aerobic exercise, but SL is always easier to learn with. Then each manufacturer makes boards a bit different, like Kessler SL and GS boards always want to go faster and kill you, not great for a beginner; SGs are really solid as far as balance goes; same can be said for Goltes, Nobile, Some Oxess, and the NA board makers.

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However, people on this forum love a few boards that are just a dream, some examples Thirst Superconductor, Kessler 168, SG 170, kind of like a magical board that fits in many conditions, which is worth starting with even as a beginner and keep until it breaks. hey @daveo, care to elaborate?

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