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Old 03-13-2014, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
TooNice
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Default Shopping for my very first board

Hello, I am a enthusiastic newbie who have been riding for two weeks in total including 8 hours of group lessons. At the moment, I am still looking for my perfect boots, an effort hindered by the fact that I am a guy with small feet. I know that I should start to build the system starting with the boots, followed by bindings and finally the board, but that hasn't stopped me from looking about bindings and boards while I am shopping for boots. Here's my profile:

Weight: 60kg (132lb) lately, but usually lighter. That'd be naked
Boot size: 24cm (6 US M, 7 US F)
Riding style: Newbie I still have to improve my fundamental skills a lot more before I talk about specialisation, but I think that I am more interested in ground tricks like buttering, and jumps rather than bombing runs. Also, right now I do groomed runs exclusively but once I get the basics down proper, I'd be more interested in park than deep powder. I will be a very happy person if I can land a 360 one day. I am interested in learning to ride switch early.
Age: Late 20s
Budget: Flexible
Your location of riding: Japan (Nagano, Niigata, Hokkaido)

Based on my "homework", I like the *idea* of an all mountain free style, true twin, with a hybrid profile (particularly Rocker-Camber-Rocker).. but then, what do I know about snowboards right now

After spending quite a bit of time on The Good Ride, I've short-listed the following boards more or less in order of interest:

- Yes Jackpot 2014 (seems to tick the boxes, but I don't see it mentioned often).
- Gnu B-Pro C2 BTX (since I need women's shoes, I figured that I should not rule out a women's board. Excellent stats on The Good Ride, but I am not sure how the Camber-Rocker-Camber compares to the Rocker-Camber-Rocker of the Jackpot)
- Lib Tech TRS 2014 XC2 BTX (I like the "stats" on The Good Ride, but I think that I've read in one of the thread here that Lib Tech boards are not ideal for beginners?)
- Yes Basic (I see this one recommended more often than the Jackpot, but I am not sure if being a directional twin will make it a tiny bit harder to learn switch).
- Burton Custom Flying V (the profile is pretty funky, but I am worried that it might be a bit harder to handle in tougher conditions)

I don't expect anyone to have tried all those boards, especially as I've thrown a ladies board into the mix, but I'd still be interested to hear some opinions. And more specifically, I'd like to know more about how a Rocker/Camber/Rocker profile compares to a Camber/Rocker/Camber profile.

Thanks

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