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Maybe consider the Evo 4. - its softer than the Proto...And available in a smaller size. Even though height doesn't really matter as much as weight consider what type of riding he'll be doing MOST, if its park, don't go too long. If you go to long He'll be on a board that has too much swing weight for spins wont jib easily etc., not to mention turn initiation maybe more difficult, If he's a balls to the wall rider like to straight line then consider longer. I'm fortunate enough to have a quiver for my own needs. for my kids I try to keep it easier to control and give a little room for growth.

Consider also - T Riper 136-141 ish

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Great - these help the instructor or parent more than the kid. I find that the lever on the back is still a little to hard for mini rippers to pull up on their own, but they can get their feet in place and all the parent/instructor has to do is slap the lever up into the tight position. No fiddling with ratchets etc. Best buy I made so far, I also recomend Boa lacing system on the boots, it will save hands, save time and give the kids a little more independence...the final tightening should be done by an adult, but they can def get started on their own.

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5 5

WOW! Amazing...I would't have guessed that i would feel such a differance between these, my drakes and my rides - stiff edge to edge nice flex realy changes the way the board feels and rides...you can really feel the edge and have increased control.

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WOW! Amazing...I would't have guessed that i would feel such a differance between these, my drakes and my rides - stiff edge to edge nice flex realy changes the way the board feels and rides...you can really feel the edge and have increased control.

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How much did you pay? HP logo is not likely a high quaility name brand...If she is a beginer, I strongly suggest spending a little more $ and getting good equipment, it really makes a big differancein this sport.
#1 - proper fitting boots - easy to tighten(Consider self lacing or Boa system boots) - not too stiff

#2 - good board - not to stiff - depending on age even raised edges - see the burton Chopper series - this make cathing edges more difficult thus making learning easier and more fun.

#3 - easy to use bindings - also not too stiff, with toe cap strap - maybe even a step-in FLOW binging.
#4 - Helmate - dont even consider letting her on the hill without one...there are lots of idiots out there that could run into her - make sure it fits correctly - go to a snowboard shop and get properly fitted before purchasing
#4 - Gloves with wrist guards built-in
#5 - goggles that fit with the helmate - make sure they fit well together.

***SPEND THE MONEY ON A LESSON***
IF you want her to enjoy this sport that will teach her life lessons and give her an outdoor activity she can enjoy with family and friends dont skimp out on important stuff...If you need to save $ do your research find a new stuff that would be great and then look for the last season's model, you should be able to save about 40-60% and still get new with warranty and great quaility.

5 5

Great in ontario - riden in 3 ft of pow - nose planes nicely, great control in trees, great control on ice/hard pack. Fast - if tuned properly(157 will go over 60 mph on consistant 26 degree pitch). I;ve riden other 157's that I couldnt get up to these speeds. 1 negative - the top sheet seems to be a little fragile, each nick results in repairable dent that I would assess as needing attention, if not attended to could result in a point where delamination could occure - easy to fix with clear nail polish or epoxy.

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5 5

Great fit, warm enough to not need a hat underneath. Great goggle with with Anon and Smith(Phenom). Nice removable ear flap. No noticable wind in the ears when wearing the flaps.

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5 5

I bought the T.Rice on a whim replacing a Ride 156 Mikey Leblanc(2004). I purchsed it for the slightly deeper side can than the TRS. Anyway here's the review:
Magnetraction - first time i tried it - works very well, others on the Hill(Blue Mountain, Ontario) were complaining of icey spots - I didnt notice any until I started lokoing for them.
Powder - floated nicely
Trees - Floated though easy to turn
Groomers - Very easy to intiiate turns and power carve
Feels stable at high speeds, easy top break loose and butter.

Only negative is that it didnt have quiate as much pop as I expected, but it was still enough for me.

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The T.Rice has a slightly smaller side cut radius which may make it a bit more 'carvey', its a little wider which will help it float a little better on pwder days...are you done growing? If you are you might as well toss a coin? I bougth a TRS and then changed my mind and decided to go with the T.Rice - I wear an 8 Boot, I prefer my boards a little stiffer - which the T.Rice is according to Lib-Tech's website, And the smaller side cut radius might make it carve a little better. If you are worried about sluggish turning, and want the T.Rice, consider a slightly more responsive binding/boot combination....I ride Driver X's with Aluminium bindings - Ride, Drake, and Bent Metal's - each on a a different board - for the T.Rice I am debating between a set of Ride Contraband Nitrane's or Burton C02's. At the end of the day buy which one your feeling - they will both rip and you will likely like both boards.