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Ok here we go, some basics.
(Disclaimer, I'm 38 and been boarding for 4 seasons, now at intermediate level. Haven't tried a lot of hardware but tend to read a lot about boarding and watch the budget closely.
There are guys here way way better qualified at giving you hardware related advice, aka what to buy. I'm sure some will improve on my writing)
First off all start with buying your boots, try a lot, buy something that fits snug and without heel lift. Shitty boots is having a bad time riding. With our weight stay away from Boa laced boots, our weight/ force can pop them open under pressure. Also when u start with boots u can fit them into some decent bindings.
Found a post by Poutanen that explains it very clear.
Boots are the make or break item. Try on a million pairs of boots (hopefully with a GOOD shop person to help you) and go for the ones that fit the best, not the ones with the best features. They should fit snug, sort of like skates, instead of more loose like winter boots. Everybody I know that's gone from a bad fitting boot, to a great fitting boot has had a big "AH HA!" moment with snowboarding (myself included).
When shopping for bindings remember to never buy the low end of the line from any brand. Like I said before, Burton cartels or missions (one level down from cartels) are a safe bet. Also Union bindings are very good value, forces or a step up. Union has a member here on the board, search for union in house. Good guys. One thing is their nose strap is/was a bit sticky. Aka hard to get off. I've cursed em a few times hehe. Supposed to have improved it on the 13/14 models.
Then the boards, first thing is to search for the thread called: rocker, camber and everything in between and read page one. This will explain the different profiles of the board undersides. Up to 2008 or something like that everyone was on a camber board. Then came lib tech with the skate banana. This had the banana aka rocker underside. Last few years you can find any sort combined. I went from a traditional camber board to a rocker, camber, rocker profile.
As for sizing I'm going to borrow the text below from miss neni:
Originally Posted by neni
Just a general (I don't know this specific board) remark that might clarify, why ppl recommend the shorter one: given you're in the weight range of two different board sizes, it'll depend on what you aim to ride and your level, which size you choose. In general, the longer one would have a better float and more stability at high speeds. The shorter one will be easier to handle, easier to turn. Which one you choose, is a trade-off between disadvantages and advantages.
Now, an advanced rider into speed or riding deep pow would probably choose the longer one, since he'd have the experience to back up the more challenging handling but could exploint the advantages, while an inexperienced rider wouldn't expoint the advantages and just would have to fight with the disadvantages.
Stance is something u can search easily. Pure duck stance is -15 back and +15 front. For me this doesn't feel quite right on the back foot. I went with -10 and +18. Duck is meant for riding both ways aka switch.
Take from all this what u want, cheers.
Last edited by cozmo; 12-20-2013 at 05:03 AM.
Reason: added Poutanens boot comment