So I need a little help. I have a Breckenridge trip planned in late February so recently I took my board out to the mountain for a little warm up. It's the first and only board I've owned, a 2008 165 Nitro Target Fuser Wide with 2008 Burton P1 bindings. Works pretty well for me although I find turning the toe edge to be a little tough sometimes. Well, whatever back to my story. So I'm in the lodge with some friends warming up, there for no more than 15 minutes, we head back out for one last run and when I go to get my board, it's gone! I was shocked. I looked everywhere, but the thing up and vanished. When I finally admitted to myself that it had been stolen I reported it to security and headed back to the lodge to drink my sorrows away. What happened to etiquette on the mountain?? So two things came from this experience 1.) I learned that I need to get a lock so I don't make the same bonehead mistake in the future, and 2.) I need to shop all over again for a board and bindings! When I first did all the research I was a beginner, now I'd consider myself intermediate. I'm hoping that some of you pros out there can steer me in the right direction in replacing my stuff. I've done a bunch of research but I'm still a little confused. I've tried to include as much info as possible and any suggestions you can add would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Weight: 175 lbs
Boot size: 11
Riding style: Downhill Carving, speedseeker, switch, an occasional jump or two, very little terrain park.
Budget: Trying to keep board & bindings under $650
Location of riding: Mostly Northeast (New York Area), occasional trips to Vermont and once a year to Colorado.
Experience: Intermediate, 3 Years Riding
Boards I've looked at:
Nitro Revolt Midwide Snowboard 162 - Men's
Burton Custom Snowboard 162 - Men's
Nitro Target Recoil Snowboard 162 - Men's
(Simliar to my old board but I think I might have advanced beyond it)
Ride Control Snowboard 162 - Men's
These are generally the boards I've looked at but I've had the guys at my local shop throw a bunch of other names at me as well, "Ride Yukon", "Lib Tech Banana", etc. Do you think these boards might be too advanced or too freestyle for what I'll be doing? Are there any other good boards I'm overlooking?
Also, I used Snowboard Sizing Guide, Size Calculator
to calculate my board size, that's a pretty cool little program, thanks Frosty!
Bindings I've looked at:
Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings Matte Black - Mens (Is there a difference between 2008 or 2009?)
Burton P1 Snowboard Bindings Black/Clear - Mens
(Burton lists response time with these things. The P1 get a 5 the Cartels get a 7, If I'm just riding the mountain and not doing tricks do I want more response time or less?)
I read up on Ride bindings as well but I'm used to the Burton's already. Love the toecap they have. I'm really leaning towards the Cartel's, are there any other brands you've riden that might be comparable or better?
If I left out any other important info just let me know, Thanks for helping!