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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by battlecat
Hey guys this season will be my 2nd boarding season, I'm an amateur, but catching on quick.

I board in the Vancouver area of BC, Canada.
Shoe Size: 9.5 mens shoe
Weight: 155lbs
Height: 5'8"
Age: 21
Ride style: Most likely freeriding, but would also like to be able to do tricks if possible!
Budget: Flexible, above average
I would prefer a nice design on my board.
From online it says the length of my board (according to my stats) should be 150 - 155cm long? And 24 - 26cm wide? Not sure if I should go with 154cm or 156cm length...

I've been looking online at:

Burton Custom
Burton Royale
Lib-tech T.Rice

Lib-tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix (but it's a trick board I think, how well do they work just carving?)
Rome Anthem (don't really like the design tho I guess it doesn't matter too much)
NeverSummer boards (not sure which one is good for me)
K2 Eldorado (156cm only I think)
Salomon Special? Prospect?

So... could anyone give me some pointers? What's good, what's not there? Any other recommendations for me?

Also, I'm not just looking for a board, I need boots, bindings (don't know what the difference between good bindings and bad bindings are!), goggles (do most of you wear them?), do I need a helmet?, board pants/jacket...

Thanks for any help!!
The Anthem is a great all around board Haven't ridden anything else except Neversummer I would recommend the SL to you. Its a Freestyle/All-Mountain board you can still freeride with it, and it will be good for learning tricks.

You will always hear from this Forum try on your boots before you buy... basically try on every boot you can until you find a pair that comfortable for you.

Good bindings to me are the Rome 390s and Targas, and the Ride SpIs and Exs. I would say go for the 390s or EXs cause they aren't the most expensive bindings out there but they're nice for the intermediate stuff.

Goggles I have to wear goggles or else I get my glasses fogged up, Goggles are like boots find a pair that fit Your FACE then make sure you think they're hardy enough.

Clothing I will recommend 686, Sessions, and Bonfire for clothing I have the Sessions Ridgeseries so that I can layer as needed.

For helmet I always ride with a helmet course I don't want anymore concussions, and if you're going to be hitting the park at all it will be required, I would also recommend Elbow and Knee pads. I wear Knee Pads, and Wrist Guards.

Well I've talked too much and said too little so good luck hope this helps
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