Bored in Iraq, so how does this sound for my new setup?
How's it going guys? Finishing up a deployment with the Marine Corps infantry here soon and I'm already getting stoked for Winter '09, even though '08 has barely even started.
Looking for some opinions on my setup that I'm looking at for next year, and some advice on bindings. Really, I need advice on boots too.
So I guess I'm looking for advice on a new setup, minus the board, lol
6 foot 8
Size 14 foot, but a lot of boots will fit a little snug at 13 which is fine because they pack out
I currently ride an '06 Never Summer Revolver 161 and I just sold an Arbor Roundhouse 167.
My home mountain is Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK which is where I'll be heading back to after the desert.
General riding style is free riding, lots of steeps and deeps and I like to hit natural kickers and drops. Not a lot of park or constructed jumps, and then I'll also hit the backcountry a few times a year, although it's usually hiking trips.
I'd rate my ability level at somewhere between intermediate and advanced.
The board that I've decided on for next year is the Lib Tech Skunk Ape BTX 162. After riding the Revolver and the Roundhouse I decided that I much prefer a shorter board, despite how big I am. So I figured somewhere between a 161 and 164 would be perfect, and low and behold there's the 162 Skunk Ape. Perfection.
Anyway, the biggest thing I need help on now is picking out some boots and bindings. The last boots I owned were the Burton Hails, and they weren't bad except that they started to shred apart at the heel from being taken on and off, which I thought was pretty shoddy. I'm looking for something stiffer than that because I have pretty weak ankles and need the extra support, and it needs to come in a 13/14.
Bindings I obviously need something that can accommodate a large boot and I'd really prefer a toe cap and a high back. They seem to do well for stopping heel lift(remember, weak thin ankles means it's hard to get my feet to stay in place).
Cool, I think that's it. I'll probably buy sometime in the April area, when all the big sales hit the online shops, at least for the bindings and the board. Boots can wait until next winter when I can buy them in person.
Thanks guys, any advice is greatly appreciated!