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what is a burton supermodel 62? what does the 62 mean?
is it a good idea or a bad idea to buy a bigger board if kid is still growing..for example. boy is 145 lbs and 5'7" at 13 yrs old. A158 board would fit..is it okay to buy a 162? he has been boarding for 4 yrs in Ohio..
sometimes people refer to the snowboard size as "62" instead of "162".
A 162 is waaaaay too big for 145 lbs. I think a 155-156 would be better for his size but not too small that he'll grow out of it soon.
One other consideration, is that the Supermodel is more of a big mountain board, and your son is *probably* more interested in park riding since there is no big mountain, backcountry, off-piste to be found in your neck of the woods (I'm in Detroit, so slopes and conditions are very similar).
Check out the selection of "freestyle" snowboards; they'll be better-suited to his needs.
Definitely keep him on a smaller board... Good guidance, David!
Freestyle is a great place to start:
Check out the Burton Hero, Burton Joystick, or Burton Custom... All would stoke your son out!
Lets go to the powder
This is really good board for powder or backcountry kickers we have ridden it couple of times and we were only impressed with this board. If you like riding powder go get it.
HOLY SNOW BWALLS!
one word....AMAZING! I've rocked a supermodel 63 for several years now, and by far this is the best long board I've ever owned. I've had the best, most memorable pow days on this board, it's just ridiculous. Super responsive when your maching through the trees, and is effortless one those huge blue bird days...I love it so much (now that it's so beat up), I'm going to paint a scenery piece on it and mount to my wall!! hahaha. You need to have one of these in your life...do it.
Super, Thanks for Asking
This is my first full season on this board (08 model) and I am way into it. It's fast and it can handle pretty much every type snow. One negative is that the top-sheet scratches way to easily, but then again, this is board is meant for the mountain, not the living room.
been riding supermodel 175cm for 8yrs. east coast rider, handles mash potato pow, ice and groomers no problems. Been in deep pow in whistler back country heli boarding no problems there, been in colorado rockies handles pow there also. Awsome board in the tree's and bumps can't go wrong perfect all mountain board. Only thing that pisses me off they won't make it bigger. Everything is getting shorter.
Which board is better: the Supermodel or...
Which board is better: the Supermodel or the Supermodel X? I love riding pow but due to my current location (Europe) I'm riding mostly groomers these days. I need a board that will perform on hard pack but on those infrequent pow days I want a board that can handle the deepness, especially high water content pow. I've ridden the Custom X before and loved it on groomers but found it a bit too stiff for tight turns in the woods or in deep pow. So which board would handle both conditions best?
Well the Supermodel X has pretty much the same core setup as the custom X. So it will ride much stiffer than the regular supermodel. If you want something to handle all conditions, stick with the regular supermodel, it will be much more forgiving.
What is the difference between freestyle...
What is the difference between freestyle and freeride?
freestyle boards are generally twin tip boards and softer. Twin tip meaning the nose and the tail are the same shapes and lengths. Freeride boards are generally stiffer and have a directional shape. Directional meaning the nose is a little bit bigger than the tail. This is generally done so the board will float better in powder
pow pow powder board
This is easily my favorite piece of gear I own...because if I'm riding it then the snow is good. I find the Supermodel to be ideal for any depth of snow...it rips on the groomers, but really shines in the powder....4", 12" 24"....doesn't matter. I've shralped this thing in chest deeep snow before. Delicious.
For me, the 10mm of taper is perfect... I still feel comfortable getting in the air and landing on it, but it turns on a dime when I'm romping a top-secret tree stash. I personally love the stiffness...if you have too stiff of a board in the powder it makes it harder for the nose to stay on top of the snow. My buddies are always getting pissed at me because i totally drop them once we hit the flats at the bottom of a run...the base on this thing is really, really fast.
Without much effort at all, you will cruise groomers like a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean, float in powder like you're in some sort of dream-like state, and maintain control AND speed on steeps. This is an excellent board.
When it comes to extremely steep windblown terrain, this board may begin to show a bit of weakness. You may find yourself wishing the Supermodel was just a bit stiffer at those times.
I disagree with the other assessment of this board that is only ideal in 4-16 inches of powder. I've ridden this board in over 30 inches of Utah powder and it performed like a dream. Another reviewer said to go with the Custom or Malolo... I would respond by saying, one, I don't want to buy two Burtons, and two, in reference to powder, the Supermodel outperforms both the boards.
In summary, you will love this board, especially if you get it for a 10-15% discount. Bring a cellphone to the mountain - you might lose your friends due the speed on groomers and ability to handle untracked powder and conditions that you only dream about in your deepest sleeps.
been riding the super off and on for over 10 years. must say, its my favorite model for big mountain riding. had a great winter in summit county in 99 riding only the supermodel. i am now 35 and have the latest incarnation and still love this board.
Lame. Buy a custom/x or the malolo. This board is halfway in between, its not great for groomers yet not great for powder. Just kinda works for both
This board is crazy fast, and carves crazy smooth. My buddy has one and let me try it out and I was able to carve through the snow like never before. The Supermodel has so much control and is a super fast ride. This is definitely a very nice board and you won't be disappointed in it.
Supermodel Super Fun
With the 10mm of taper, fast but thirsty WFO base and the great shape this board moves. Screams on groomers and great for mid depth powder. 4-16in