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jadam042 05-26-2010 07:59 AM

New Female Rider
Hi, I am new to riding and I was looking at purchasing a Women's Star Forum 146 from a friend (only been used twice) and I am looking for a good set of bindings.

I have only snowboarded twice but I am moving to Washington state at the end of the year and looking to take up the sport while I am out there with my boyfriend.

I am a fulltime student so money can get a little tight. I'm just looking for a good reliable set of bindings (and boots) for a reasonable price that would suit me best as a beginner/intermediate boarder.

Any suggestions as to what to get (and where to get them, preferably thru an online retailer)?

lilfoot1598 05-26-2010 08:27 AM

jadam042 05-26-2010 08:31 AM

Thanks a lot for your help! I'll definitely look into those once I get some more money.

While I was waiting for someone to respond I was looking around at 2 pc. packages and I came across a couple but I started to wonder: how good are Sims boots/bindings?

baldylox 05-26-2010 09:16 AM

Sims boots tend to fit a slimmer calf. Don't buy boots without being fitted properly at your local shop.

lilfoot1598 05-26-2010 09:18 AM

They are crap, which is why they're so cheap. But if you don't have a lot of money, they'll work for beginners for a few seasons. Check out ebay for good deals, as well as sites like and

jadam042 05-26-2010 09:25 AM

I'll try to find a shop or two here in Norfolk, VA before heading out west just to figure out what would work best.

I'm not really looking for anything too fancy until I get the hang of riding and figure out what I, personally, must look for in bindings/boots.

Thanks for all your help, guys!

Leo 05-26-2010 09:40 AM

Great deals here. I highly suggest you try and do some research on boots first. They are actually the most important part of your setup. Bad boots make badass snowboards and bindings suck. Vans and Roxy are solid brands for cheap in this link. Try and avoid speed lacing with the exception of BOA, unless the deal is really that good for you. Speed laces aren't that bad, especially for a beginner, but they aren't too great for longevity.

Ideally, I'd want you to come into one of our shops to try the boots on, but since you don't live in Michigan, it's a gamble. You can always return them though.

Womens Snoboard Boot Clearance Sale

Bindings here. The K2 Bliss is a good beginner binding. The Rossignol Amber is a great binding for $99 that you can grow into.

wrathfuldeity 05-26-2010 11:10 AM

Washington state, where u guys moving to? There is lots of great used stuff in and near the hills, some excellent swaps in October and clist that happen closer to the season. Go ahead and research; boots first...if u can try lots on and perhaps zero down on a brand, model and size and then wait for it. Many folks out here at least have a groomer board and a pow board; cause with our dumpage a regular groomer board just doesn't work on the best days. The other thing is you need rain shell gear, preferably at least 10,000mm or better; and flat-light high intensity goggles. At swaps you can pick up good usable stuff for beginners for insanely cheap (if not free from a local friendly...gave 3 old boards...k2, option, m3 away last year) and often find good used high-end stuff from 1-2 years ago for 10% of msrp.

jadam042 05-26-2010 11:19 AM

We'll be moving to Whidbey Island, WA. We will probably be visiting Mt. Baker.

I'll take your advice on just trying on boots for now and zeroing down on a couple specific brands and models, that's a really good idea.

So do you think I should just hold off on getting my bindings and what not until I actually get out there? I wont be getting there until probably late December after I finish the Fall semester.

Any sick/hole-in-the-wall shops you recommend in WA, preferably less than an hour away from Deception Pass??

wrathfuldeity 05-26-2010 11:59 AM

Depending where on whidbey, u are about 2 hours from the holyland. Late nov/early dec is the usual start of the season, the new high-end stuff will be scarce by then but u shouldn't have much difficulty finding entry to intermediate stuff. IMO best swap is the baker ski swap, for shops there is Hidden Wave in Burlington, and in bham there is WWS, sportsman's chalet, yeagers, rei, and near the hill is the Mt Baker Snowboard Shop...also probably forgetting some others. There will be lots of stuff on bellingham and seattle clist. If you come across a good deal get it, but I've been amazed at the local stuff you can have the locals that ride the shit out of their stuff and its trashed from 60+ days of riding and they make benches out of it or give it away...but the gaper/tourist/occasional recreational/wanabe stuff can be great...the majority of my stuff was/is used highend. Late dec is prime holiday retail so you might beg or barrow (locals have basement loads of equipment that if you befriend and let them know you are a beginner they will let you barrow it...most nuts have at least 1-2 old setups as backup or to loan to friend) or rent the first month or two and then used stuff will start showing up and end of season stuff in april and may.

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