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How Much Should You Spend on a Snowboard?

Posted 12-21-2009 at 12:07 PM by david_z

Gear is expensive, and it doesnít seem like thereís any end in sight. Some Burton snowboards ó just the stick ó cost $900 or more! But I suppose that most people buying $900 boards couldnít tell the difference between a fall line and their own ass-crack. If they want to spend $900 on a board, let them. You donít need to.

You can get excellent boards for under $500, and you can get very good boards for $400. If youíre a total n00b, you can get a decent freestyle board for $300 or less. Hell, I've found packages that include Burton boots, Burton bindings and a Burton snowboard for $400-450.

If you want to buy your gear ŗ la carte, itís possible to spend far less than $900 for an entire setup: a $350 board leaves you $450 to spend on boots and bindings. You can get respectable bindings for $150. Spend the balance on your boots: if you must have top-of-the-line anything, it should be your boots.

Let me make this clear: Unless you are Shaun White, there is no snowboard that is worth $900. Anywhere. Ever. A $900 snowboard is not going to tweak your grabs for you, those $500 boots are not going to stomp landings on their own, and the $400 bindings sure as hell arenít going to keep you from bailing if you're still doing the "falling leaf".

David Zemens blogs about shredding gnar & snowboarding from the Suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
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    hi im debating weather to buy new or used snow board
    Posted 01-12-2010 at 08:14 PM by snowmonkey
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    snowmonkey have you made up your mind yet? You can get some really good prices on used boards via e-bay, often they come with bindings. I'd still spring for brand new boots though, just because boots get funky & smelly and you really want to have a good pair of your own. Feel free to PM me if you have a question about a board or package that you see online somewhere.
    Posted 01-17-2010 at 12:09 PM by david_z david_z is offline
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