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Old 02-26-2011, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I began snowboarding two years ago (man that long?) starting it off with a concussion. Since then I've grown to the point where I love just cruising the mountain and just having fun. For my purposes I've decided on a Prior Pow-Stick as a first board. Yes I know it's not a very orthodox first board, but I'm not a very orthodox kind of guy. I'm roughly 6' and 200 lbs. but still growing. I'm thinking to get the 181, as I can deal with it relatively easily (my normal ride now is a rental 168W). The place that I'm hung up on now is some solid freeride bindings and boots.
For boots so far what I've come up with is the Salomon Malamutes, as I've seen them in a few different freeride setups with good results.
The place that I'm really hung up on is bindings. All the supposedly good freeride bindings I've found have tons of bad reviews... I don't want to spend the money on Cateks, but I'd like something with good response. I don't plan on doing a whole lot of huge jumps, but in freeriding I'll probably hit a few. If you guys could point me in a good direction I would be most appreciative.

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Old 02-26-2011, 08:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rome Targas or Union Force. Rome Targas are a little more expensive at $250 while Union Force is a little cheaper at $200. Union Force are known to be a bit better which is obviously a subjective statement.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Flux DMCC, Flux SF45, Rome Targas, Rome Arsenal, K2 Formula.

Salomon makes great boots, and the Malamute is a great freeride boot, just make sure you are able to try them on before you buy.

181 seems pretty damn huge for your size too
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I know 181 seems long, but I'm not exactly small in stature, my grandfather was a weightlifter, and my grand uncles were pushing 7', I sorta got the mix of both.

I've also been growing an average of two inches a year for the past 5 years, with one year of 5" of growth (I'm 15), so I should grow into it.
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Rome Targas or Union Force. Rome Targas are a little more expensive at $250 while Union Force is a little cheaper at $200. Union Force are known to be a bit better which is obviously a subjective statement.
Forces? Seriously? He said freeride.


Honestly even at 250lbs 181 is kinda big for resort.

Look at Smokin, they have a 172 in something. Ride makes the Highlife in 172... Both will handle your weight with pounds to spare. Rental boards are noodles compared to high end freeride boards. The stiffness will make a big difference. Heck even an Arbor A-Frame 170 will be plenty big.

Put on some Flux DMCC's, Flow FRX, Ride Double Agents, or Rome Arsenals.
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Ive posted my size before in the forum, im 6'11 275lbs size 15 nike shoes (i wear a size 13 vans boot). Dude seriously 181 is too big, i ride a 169 skunk ape, and am buying a 164.5 t rice because i find the skunk ape a little big for resorts (for my liking) as far as bindings i asked the same question awhile back and after doing some more research i am getting the rome targas and am certain they will be stiff enough. i found the ride double agents were probably the stiffest feeling binding out the IMO.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah, I guess I hadn't taken into consideration the fact that it's going to be worlds stiffer than a rental board. From what I've read, the 181 has the effective edge of a 172, so in terms of a ride, it has the ride of a 172, but in powder, floats it's true length. I was just looking around, and it has a smaller effective edge than the Ride Highlife and is within 3cm of almost all the other freeride boards. The last thing is that I learned most of my snowboarding stuff surfing and carried it over (yes I had to change some things, but hear me out) so I'm used to boards that are taller than me and very stiff. If I seem dead set in my ways, it's because I am. I'm bullheaded and stubborn, I know that. I'll do my best to listen to you guys, but if it seems like I'm ignoring you. I apologize
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mate you are the one paying for the board so get what you think is best for you, if you ride powder all day then yeah 181 is going to help but if your on groomers and hardpack it's probably going to be too long, at the end of the day you are the one spending the cash, so you will hve to live with what you buy, unless your loaded in that case just buy them all lol.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL with all the options out there I wish I was loaded

Thanks for all your help guys.
Looks like I'll be riding some Targas no matter what board I get
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