I am lost on a lot of the new tech as well. Nor do I know men's boards. But i'm sure picking up something with better materials/construction than a Sims from SA will advance your riding (and last long enough to get handed down to one of the boys.) The deals are out there. Check evo.com, dogfunk.com or maybe the-house.com (they purchased sierra a while ago i guess.) A lot of stuff went out of stock when the sales first started but check out the 2012s (by March next year you can find dirt cheap 2013s.
I picked up a Rome board recently with a flat profile (rocker tips) and something they call quickrip sidecut -it basically engages a second edge in the tip and tail when turning at higher speeds. The edge hold on hard pack is fantastic! But it still rides like a park board when flat basing. So yeah while I dont understand all the tech in the board...according to my Ski Tracks app it made a HUGE improvement in speed, pitch and not to mention fun (much more enjoyable runs) over th crappy rental board I had used previously.
I'm a little agnostic on buying used gear. If you can find a good deal on used gear go for it...but most people on Craigslist don't understand the concept of snowboard and gear depreciation. I bought a brand new decent 2012 Rome board, intermediate bindings and boots (2012 k2 cassette bindings and 2012 Ride boots) and the set up was $255 shipped free. Why would I want to buy someone's 2010 Burton Lipstick or god forbid Lamar or Santa Cruz set up for $350 because they paid $550 and only used it 3 times one season? The troublesome part is that you get a lot of people pricing their stuff inappropriately and they wont budge because they paid the mark up price wheras you should be paying the depreciated price (even lower than the outlet price you can get on evo or the-house.com or dogfunk.com.) Like I just saw a lady selling her 2013 Saloman Kiana boots for $30 because they didnt match her board's colors. Lol. Thats fair pricing. But for everyone of those ads there's 20 "2009 Burton Emeralds - like new - $75" when a 2012 pair will cost $95-$110 in an online outlet. I think you may do better in a dealer/shop selling on consignment since they have the used gear sitting next to new stuff.
if you see a good deal, bite...but make sure its a good deal. Otherwise if you can come up like $90-$120 on your price point you can find a decent board at the end of the season that will improve your all mountain riding tremendously.
Last edited by EastCoastChris; 03-25-2013 at 02:24 AM.