Currently I am 5'11, 195 pounds, with a foot size of around 11-11.5. I know there is a lot of information below, but please help a beginner fine-tune his first selection!
My skill level is beginner, and I'm looking to purchase my first full set (board, boots, bindings). The amount of lingo and information on boards is overwhelming for me at the moment, so I'm hoping for any feedback at all. I'm working on compiling all of the recommendations im getting, and trying to narrow down to the most common do's and don'ts.
I've heard so many mixed things on what size I should ride, and it's really difficult because a lot of information seems to be conflicting. I hear shorter for more control, longer for more speed and carving ability, and based on this, I believe I'm supposed to have a board around 160cm, but I've seen recommendations of up to around 166 for my weight class, or as low as 154 because people prefer the control of that range.
In terms of where I'll predominantly be riding, I'm located in Chicago--this means I'm mostly riding on shitty snow, with a fair amount of ice. I can probably find relatively decent snow if I travel up into Wisconsin when I become a better rider.
So far, it seems like this is what I want to look for:
wide (or waste width of 26+)
hybrid camber or really mild rocker...although some have suggested learning on a cambered board. Others have said cambered and rockered.
Magnetraction (MTX) technology--supposed to help a lot with icy surfaces
Boots: Spend the most money here, and usually go for simple lace style.
Thus far, suggestions for boards or combos are:
Find a used lib tech skate banana (biggest consensus thus far)
Technine MVP series with burton bindings: On Sale Technine MVP Series Board & Binding Package - Mens at The-House.com
Forum - Young Blood Chilidog or Destroyer Chilidog GNU
Rider's Choice Libtech Banana Magic - or any Lib except Skate Banana and Burtner's Box.
Never Summer - any of the boards that fit in the Freestyle/Freeride designation
Anyway, like I said my budget is 5-700, and It seems that finding a board/bindings combo from 2011 models is the best route. ANY suggestions on combos, boards, or reinforcement of "keep it simple stupid" would be greatly appreciated from anyone here. Trying to get something asap before summer sales disappear!