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Old 05-27-2010, 01:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I started snowboarding 4 years ago and got a cheap boots/bindings/board package on E-bay. I wanted to make sure I was going to actually stick with it (I had only boarded once before and was hooked, so the next winter I was crazy addicted).

I bought a cheap Morrow board, crappy boots, and crappy bindings (didn't know it at the time). I loved my board, it was a fantastic learner board for me.
I wear a size 8 boot/shoe, but when they came they were kinda tight. I figured 'screw it' - but it was MISERABLE. My bindings were the ratchet style OVER my foot and worked well for a while, but I strapped into my big brother's board (with the toe ratchet) and it made a HUGE difference. I felt so much more stable.

So I guess even though I don't know a LOT about snowboarding, I'd say get an okay board your first year, rip it up so you're not destroying a nice board your first year, but splurge on boots & bindings.

I know several boots you can get have the inserts than can be heat molded to your foot. I don't have them, but a friend does, and he says they're insanely comfortable.

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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splurge on boots & bindings.
Winner winner, chicken dinner.

I spent a lot of time running over stuff and into people when I was learning. Well, not a lot, but enough. I'd be pissed if I bought a nice pow/groomer board and ruined it rocks and in the lift line. You can always take your boots and bindings to your next board.
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Actually, I'm more inclined to believe that you run a higher risk of damaging your board the better you get. People collisions, lift line bumps, and things of that nature will happen no matter your skill level. When you fall, you fall. The difference about being skilled is you do new maneuvers and more things to your board. You will also ride more types of terrain with more experience.

You should splurge on good boots not because you should worry about damaging a nice board, but because a bad pair of boots will make that nice board a crappy one.

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