im 6'2" and weigh about 180. i pumped the stock vega up to 24.5#'s just to see. (a tip i read on this board that came with no explanation except less surge/pushback). i absolutely love it. i feel so much more comfortable on the board. the carving is much smoother and im flying up the same hill on my road without the surge/pushback feelings i was getting at 20#'s. i was even tempting the board by getting going 15mph or so, slamming on the breaks for a split second and then starting a sharp carve on and off the hump in the middle of the road, with no care about keeping my weight balanced. it was awesome. im also so much faster on the board. the pickup is like my fiance who weighs 107#. the assistance from the board i struggled a little bit with while carving is gone. at least i can't tell its happening. i also tried coming up my driveway, think crazy mtn gravel driveway, and made it farther than i ever have before. i thought it would be way worse at this poundage. i haven't tried it on trails yet but i feel a lot more comfortable with how loose and fast the board is for me in mission now. it really made the concrete feel like i was floating. now im back to all kinds of false confidence. until my next spill brethren.
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experienced rider here. go ahead and get padded g-form undies. i have hillbilly padded under wear also, but they make you look like you have poopy pants or a colostomy bag. i just can't make myself put them on unless its doing really stupid stuff. love my hillbilly wrist guards. g-form knees, and some other kind of elbow pads i like. i like the get hard on impact pads. not quite the pad protection, but mine don't slide off when i eat it. this is huge huge huge.
if you have ever been an adrenaline junkie, you're gonna eat it. i ate it at 22.9mph on downhill pavement last sunday. i was low, i was padded up and in a helmet, couple steps, roll and slide. not too much problem. another hip bruise and knee bruise. i also had a small alcohol buzz. i def recommend a shot of liquor before riding. that's me. i'm 51. start doing suspension training or something similar. its cheap, it'll help your flexibility, and strengthen the muscles you'll really need when riding. it'll help your knees. this thing is so exciting. have a blast. don't be afraid of your board. get to know it.