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I write this as a user of the 2009 (last year's) T Rice C2 BTX 164.5 but thought I would write it here as very little has changed.

I am an aggressive rider surfing the earth since 1989; 6'0", 200 lbs., 22.5" 12 front -6 back stance, with 9.5 peds. I am a little out of shape, but I ride hard and charge as much as my body can live up to my mind's perception of what I used to rip like... I grew up in North Idaho and love steep, deep, and backcountry riding...but I now reside in Northern MN where I drive 3.75 hours with my kids every Saturday to ride 500 vert of mostly man-made groomers. But I am also able to travel to such esoteric locations as SILVERTON, CO and home (Silver Mountain, ID) most years and last year w/ my T Rice was no exception.

What does this have to do with this review? The correlation is in that the fact that the T. Rice C2 BTX 164.5 ripped it all. I found myself hucking in MN off kickers my age had no right attempting but my mind could not relinquish...because this 'long board' excelled in a 'short board' world and could take the largest Giant's Ridge had to offer and was nimble enough to spin easily and super-solid to be able to go as big as my out of shape legs could push.

In the realm of POW and big mountain riding this board truly shows it merit. Charge hard my friend, you will experience the core rider inside of you clawing to get out. Floats great (I did set back 1"), pop is explosive, rides easily switch (even with a 1" stance setback), grips (C2 BTX) like a talon, and handles aggressive riding naturally. It will take whatever you throw at it and ask for more, don't be shy with her.

I was not disappointed in this board in anyway, and I used it in a variety of conditions, locales, and situations. Fun, dynamic, phat.

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I rode the original 159 Banana 2 years ago from park to big mountain, I'm 6'0" 185 lbs. size 9.5 with a basically flat stance--no worries. The Banana rips everything, most fun board I have ever ridden and rides like a Caddy. It can take whatever you throw at it, so the question is not if you will be OK with the board but will it be OK with you? This board deserves a rider who charges everything hard...

Shoe size won't be an issue for any board, so you're good there. That low weight also will be accomodated nicely by any size board, I have riden 148's for park and I'm 6'0" and weigh 185, no problems.
A general rule of thumb is to have the board come up to your nose, but this can be tweaked depending on what you want to ride (shorter for park/jib, longer for POW/big mountain). If you are going to ride park/jib, I would go for the 148, for POW/big mountain/all around go for 152 or 156.

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Got this for my 5 year old son and we got our first day out last weekend. Soft flex and centered stance helped him feel comfortable and edge effectively, but the board is cheaply made which is a disappointment for a reputable company like Ride. Topsheet began 'sliver shedding' right away (long thin strips coming off near the sidewall), and the nose delammed about 4" across and 2" deep. Granted he is a beginner and took a few spills, but certainly nothing to warrant this level of quality issue.
We'll take 'er up some more, but this is likely going to be returned before the warranty is out.

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