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advice on a setup for a beginning rider
28 years old
Intermediate skier but decided to switch to snowboarding this season
Budget - I'd like to keep it under $1000 for the whole setup, the lower the better. I don't need top of the line stuff, but i definitely want a setup that will progress with me for at least a few seasons.
I'm a beginner rider but i feel like i'm at least a little ahead of the learning curve. I've only gone three times but i'm riding blue squares and i can link turns/carve no problem, i can stop heelside and toeside, and i control my speed pretty well. Each time i go i'm fine-tuning my body/board control and keeping my balance better. Usually when I fall itís when I slide out on ice or when I hit a spot where it goes from ice to powder or something where the terrain changes quickly and I get thrown off balance when Iím turning.
I rented gear (boots, bindings, and board) for $125 for the season and I plan on keeping my eye out for some deals during the season and getting my own setup that i can hopefully ride at least a few times before the season is over. I'm looking for an all-mountain board because i'll primarily be riding hills but i also like doing jumps and would like a setup that will let me play in the park a little once i get a little better.
Based on the criteria of wanting an all-mountain board and having graphics that I like (black/dark board with simple, clean graphics), Iíve come up with the following list of boards to consider, although Iím certainly open to other suggestions:
Ride Cartel (155) - $350
Ride Prophet (155) - $460
Atomic Hatchet (156) Ė I think around $360
Never Summer SL-R (155) - $500
Lib-Tech TRS-BTX (154 or 157) - $540
I want a board thatís worth the money and that will still be good as I progress. I also want something that handles ice, hard pack, and powder really well.
For bindings, again I want something solid for all-mountain riding thatís pretty much plain black and I was also leaning towards something with the bottom strap that goes around the toe rather than across the top of the foot.
For boots I think i'd rather stick with a traditional lacing system. My friend who's been boarding for about 10 years loves his 32 TM-Two's but i've read some of the posts on boot fitting on this forum so i plan on shopping around and trying a bunch of different boots before i buy anything.
My plan was to find a board/binding setup towards the middle/end of the season and then use my rented boots for most/all of the season. After reading some of the guides, it seems like it might be best to do boots before bindings to make sure i get boots that are comfortable and then the proper bindings to fit them.
Any and all comments/suggestions would be great. Thanks!