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Old 03-28-2013, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by lastplayboy View Post
Boots Burton SLX
Bindings Burton Diode est
Board Burton Mystery 162 (2013)
Burton Vapor 163 (2012)
Burton Vapor 159 or 162W (2013)
Don't confuse cost with quality. The Mystery is only that price because it's a "special" board built originally in the craig Kelly lab or whatever they call it. It's also only a 5 on their stiffness scale. And the flying-V profile is more designed for variable terrain. On a groomer you probably want camber.

The vapor is a better choice, but the Custom X is even stiffer.

That said, none of these are great choices for a beginner (even though you've skied for years).

I would be more inclined to start on a Burton Custom (camber, not the flying v model) in a 160 or 163, keep the Diodes (they're expensive but a damn nice binding as long as you don't break them, and the Driver X is stiffer than the SLX boot. You don't need a wide board for your foot size either.

The ultimate carving setup from Burton is the Custom X, Diodes, and Driver X. But there are MUCH better carving boards out there. They just get really pricey and aren't good to start out on.
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