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Old 01-18-2009, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gear advice for a beginner

I am a relatively new snowboarder looking for my own set of gear. I have only been out 5 days (2 last year, 3 this year). Planning another 5 days still this year with a trip out to Colorado end of February. I am interested in doing some park riding, but most of it will be flying down the slopes. I made a few impulse buys this weekend and I am hoping you guys can give them a thumbs up or let me know if I royally screwed myself and should be looking for something else.

I picked up a Option Redline 158 and a Rome 390 bindings. The Option Redline 08 has few reviews, but from I've seen it seems like a decent beginners board for the riding I'm looking to doing. I'm 5'11" 210 pounds and picked up the 158 length board. Most sites I have seen recommend a board 160 for my height/weight, but when I have rented in the past the resorts have given me a length of 150-152 normally. Did I get a board that will be too long for me?

I've seen tons of praise of the Rome 390 bindings on these forums, but the more reading I am doing it looks like these are more freestyle bindings. Am I going to be hurting myself if I stay with these if I'm going to be focused mostly on groomed/powder runs?

So, did I make mistakes with these choices and should I try to return them, or am I all set to hit the slopes?

No boots yet...

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The board could be a little short for 210 pounds depending on whether or not you end up getting off the groomers and into powder.

I can't speak for the board, but you made no mistake with the 390s. Those are a superb binding for most riding situations. They won't be the BEST for real free riding as they aren't super stiff, but for what you do they will be great.

You might consider Vans Cirro boots if you want to complete a great mid-flex setup.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Seems to be a decent beginner board and a good choice, depending on how much you paid for it. I would say that it is probably a touch short for you, but I may be biased as I learned on a 161 and only weighed about 160 at the time. I now ride a 162 at 195 pounds there really is a wide range. The 390s are quality bindings, but they are freestyle bindings. Should be great for a beginner, but it's possible you will begin to out-ride them if you start to get heavily into freeride.

If you got a great deal, I'd keep the stuff. If you paid full price, I would probably return the board and get something a little longer (maybe 163 +/- a few) and something that will last you a bit longer. I would keep the bindings. It's really up to you though, as I think your setup will be fine.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Awesome guys. Thanks for the quick responses. Since some are the board could be too long, and some saying too short, I think I'll stick with the board length I got. I picked it up on sale 70% off since it is an '08 model so it seems like a good deal.

I'll take a look at the Vans Cirro and see if they have any in the shops around me.

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