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I have ridden the 163cm AK about 10 days and this board keeps surprising me with how amazing it is. Whats most surprising is how well it rides for big mountain and hard snow riding in addition to the amazing pow properties. I feel like I could race a boardercross it has such great edge control. I didn't expect this as all because of its odd camber profile appearance. It does all the things a good cambered board should do like hold an edge on ice and at the same time does what a good rockered board should do which is to say you can butter this thing and release the edge easily when you want. I rode it a couple of deep days at The Bird and it shreds pow like would expect. The elongated nose and so called Snake Campber allows the tip of the board to stay on top with little effort. I didn't have to lean back at all in the pow to keep the nose up. Its really fast in the pow and the sintered base held the wax good too. The board also rides switch pretty well. I don't do a ton of swithc riding but I wanted to test it out and rode it backwards quite a bit. It feels a little weird but I felt like i had lots of control on the groomers when riding switch.

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I had the chance to ride in the reps sample last spring and this jacket rocks. It has all the features you would ever want in a snowboard jacket. Powder skirt, removable hood, hand gaiters, etc.....One thing to take note of and they dont' mention here is that each one of these jackets is unique. So your jacket will not have the exact same pattern as what is shown in the picture. It will be pretty similar but the prints will in different places for sure. So no two Frankenkass jackets are alike.

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Absolutely. The Crown is the most powerful board I have ever ridden. I usually ride boards around 160cm-162cm. I am about 155 pounds and have been snowboarding for over 20 years. I used to race BoarderX so I like stiff boards. The 161cm Crown is too much board for me. A guy with a little extra leverage and body weight like yourself will find the Crown to be plenty of board. The board had 4 carbon (tip to tail) inlays and also 4 Titanium inlays running from in front (and back on the tail) of your bindings to near the contact points. The carbon and Titanium are what gives this board its power. I hope that helps.

Head makes fantastic equipment whether it be skis or a snowboard. They have been producing snowboards under the Head brand for almost 10 years now. The founders have been producing snowboard for over 25 years under various brand names. Their company was purchased by Head 10 years ago at which point they started using the Head brand. Head tends to be a little better known as a snowboard brand in Europe and than in the USA but, nonetheless the boards are well built with performance and not hype in mind. I guess what I am saying is they don't spend a ton of money on marketing which is why you maybe didn't know they were making boards. This is the 3rd season that Backcountry.com has carried the Head Pearl and it has been a great seller with many happy customers. Furthermore its a great looking board too. I hope that helps you out.

The Pearl is a great all mountain board and I assume your size 10 boots are womans size 10. If so then the 152cm size will be wide enough for you . With your foot size you are on the threshold of being able to go with narrow mens boards but, its a personal choice. Because you are just beginning this 24.3cm (152cm) width will be just wide enough to ensure you won't get any toe or heel drag that negatively effects the performance of the board. It also will be a great width for learning to turn as you will have the ideal amount of leverage to edge.