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Old 01-17-2009, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, hopefully I've come to the right place as I'm looking for some advice.

I've gone snowboarding 10+ times now and I feel its time to get my own gear, or in my case, finish getting my gear. I still need to purchase a snowboard, bindings, and boots, & a helmet.. and that`s where I get lost.

I've been on all day on the-house.com searching for something that I like, and I'm really into Burton so that's pretty much all I'm looking for at the moment. I'm 5"11 I guess, leaning towards 6 feet, I weigh 130 lbs, ride regular, into all 3 forms - park , terrain, whatever else...i don`t know what else but all I'm really looking for is a lot of advice and/or previous experience if you can share that with me and I'd appreciate it a lot.

Oh and for snowboarding socks, is it one pair or what? I'm confused on that as well.

Snowboard:
I've found a board that I like and I want to know if the 147cm is acceptable

link: Best Prices on Burton Blunt Snowboard 147 - Mens Snowboards Snowboarding Gear Equipment

Bindings:
I'm stuck on also picking up bindings as I've read that the Freestyle bindings are relatively cheap and break easily but I've read some comments where people say it's the best thing ever so I'm torn between Freestyle or Custom

link: Save on Burton Freestyle Snowboard Bindings Yellow - Mens Snowboards Binding Snowboarding Gear Equipment - Freestyle
link: Save on Burton Custom Snowboard Bindings Frosted White - Mens Snowboards Binding Snowboarding Gear Equipment - Custom

Boots:
I haven't really researched boots yet but anything Burton I don't mind.

ANY help/advice is appreciated.
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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and I'm really into Burton so that's pretty much all I'm looking for at the moment.
This is probably a foolish attitude. You really need to keep an open mind to find the best deals and the best gear for you.

First of all, what's your experience level? What type of runs do you do, how often are you in the park, and how good are you?

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link: Best Prices on Burton Blunt Snowboard 147 - Mens Snowboards Snowboarding Gear Equipment
Honestly, not a great board. Extruded base I believe, and overpriced for what you get.

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I'm stuck on also picking up bindings as I've read that the Freestyle bindings are relatively cheap and break easily but I've read some comments where people say it's the best thing ever so I'm torn between Freestyle or Custom
Both are shit. If you must have Burton bindings, look at nothing lower than the Cartels or Triads, and even those are overpriced for what you get. Look at companies like Rome, Ride, and Bent Metal.
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I haven't really researched boots yet but anything Burton I don't mind.
You need to try on a bunch of boots from different brands to find something that fits. Try K2, Salomon, Celsius, Northwave, Vans, and DC. If you only look at Burton you are an idiot.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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First of all, what's your experience level? What type of runs do you do, how often are you in the park, and how good are you?
Experience level is beginner I guess, I've been skateboarding for 5 years now, I like to cruise down the slopes, races with friends, but I also like to spend time in the park. I think I'm okay, I know how to turn but I'm still learning.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Experience level is beginner I guess, I've been skateboarding for 5 years now, I like to cruise down the slopes, races with friends, but I also like to spend time in the park. I think I'm okay, I know how to turn but I'm still learning.
Yeah, you really can't afford to limit yourself to one brand at this point, ya know? What size shoe are you?
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This is probably a foolish attitude. You really need to keep an open mind to find the best deals and the best gear for you.
+1. Burton may be the most common, but it doesn't mean it's the best board for you, or even the best board period. There are other companies that make better stuff, and you're not paying them extra money for a logo.

This isn't to say Burton is crap, it's not, but keep your options open and check with folks here before you open the wallet. There are some REALLY crappy boards out there that have beautiful graphics, shitty bindings that look strong, and boots that will fall apart in one season. Don't be fooled.

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Old 01-17-2009, 01:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah I think I'm kinda favored toward Burton more since I've ridden them at Killington & Hunter and I'm used to them, but yeah... I didn't figure it would take this much research into buying a snowboard / boots/ bindings.

For the board, I'm really favored toward designs.. is that a flawed way of searching? I can't help it.


response to jammer: shoe size is a 9


ps. Only reason I mentioned Burton so much is because I haven't really heard or tried from anything else, but I'm willing to try anything. I'm kinda against Lib tho.

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im not a burton hater whatsoever, but man your making jake burton blush a tad i think..
and why would you be against lib? they are making some of the best, and most innovative stuff out right now?
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Lib Tech should definitely be an option on your list once you want a real board.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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in that case, okay, I just hope Lib is better at making snowboards than skateboards. ive had bad exp with them
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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For the board, I'm really favored toward designs.. is that a flawed way of searching?
Yes.

Like I said, your first step is buying boots. Try on at least 15 total pairs from as many manufacturers as you can get your hands on. I really, really like Salomon and Northwave and highly recommend trying a few pairs of both. Since you're pretty much a beginner, you probably want boots with a stiffness of no more than 6.
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