Originally Posted by supham
My son is doing a great job snowboarding. He really found his passion. We make it to our local hill about 50 / per year.
He has out grown his old board and is looking for a new one. He currently want something that has some nice stiffness for his big air jumps, something mid range for all mountain and something with more flex for the park.
Obviously he is all over the map. With these requirements I was going to just get him an average board. On the other hand I don't mind paying more $$ as this is his 'thing'.
Thoughts? Does it really matter at this age, and he is a little guy, about 70 lbs.
If he's getting to be a good rider by age 12 then he probably will benefit from a better quality board. Burton Protest is their high end kids board, has a cambered profile. Camber will also make it quite poppy. Note that this has the channel, so it can have EST or regular bindings, but if you buy EST binders to go with it you will be committed to only channel boards with the EST bindings in the future. To which I say good, you might as well start the kid off right (flame away haters), I much prefer the EST/channel approach, and with kids I find I adjust stuff more frequently so I like it a lot. Lists at $399 here in Canada so not cheap, but if you've got more kids you can roll it on down, or resell later.
Custom smalls will ride a little looser and be a it more forgiving, more of a fun, skatey feel. My 11 year old daughter rides the girls equivalent, the feelgood, and she rips up the hill on it. She wants to try the protest this season. Lists at $299 here in Canada.
Your guy is really light for his age so I think that even the smallest adult boards won't work.
If budget's an issue you can often find leftover kids boards from last year at deep discount. Both my daughters ride the feelgood and I got both new for about $180 each on the off season.
We're a burton family so I can't offer advice on the rest of the makers.