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Old 01-30-2009, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. Thanks for the forum and I look foward to the expertise from users that have experience:

Situation: Been snowboarind on and off for a few years, generally still a beginner. Have more time, so I'm looking to pick up a board, boots, bindings.

Need advice: Type of board. Brand. Bindings. Boots.

What I know? Not much.

Type of Riding: Want to do more carving, freeriding, snowsurfing, etc. Not into tricks / jumps, etc.



Boards: Unknown. Good beginner brand? Stable yet forgiving board?

Boots: Comfortable for my feet. So far, after trying a few pairs, I'm leaning towards the Burton Freestyle Boot.

Bindings: Unknown. Any advice would be great, in conjunction with my planned style of riding.




Burton Boots Range about #130 ~ 170 from what I can find.

- Anyone know anywhere to get it cheaper?


Boards: Willing to spend ~ $200 for beginning board, perhaps a better one next season.

Bindings: Price Range capped at about $120.


Thanks guys.

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Board:
08/09 Omatic Boron ($209.30)
07/08 K2 Podium ($219.95)

Boots:
Freestyles are pretty soft, try some Rulers or Ions (maybe even Hails).

Bindings:
07/08 Raiden Zero, Union Force, Bent Metal bindings
If you're a glutton for punishment, 07/08 Rome Arsenal can be found for ~$100
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there anyone else out there with a 2nd opinion, and perhaps description of why they recommended?

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The Omatic Boron has good tech for a damn good price.
Podium is the high-end K2 freeride deck; but it seems the only one available at the site listed is in 162. What's your weight?

Rome Arsenals might be stiff for a beginner, but they're impressive freeride bindings once you're up to it. Since you're on a budget, I'd also recommend last year's K2 Formulas.


How much do you weigh? What's your boot size?
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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5'10" 1/2 (always happen to measure out at the half).


160 is the tall end for me, and 156 is like the short end for a board for me. Not sure to go high or low, especially as a beginner, how quickly I will grow into it if I want to carve more, since i'm not into tricks/jumps.

Boot size is ~ 9.5 to 11.0 depending on the company.

Burton 10.5's feel good to me when I walked around the store for a while in them, at least size wise. Some of their boots were pretty cramp in the sides of my feet.
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fyi weight is the determining factor in the size of a board, not height. You'll notice on company websites, they offer weight charts rather than height charts with board specs. They whole chin-nose test or the "height*(insert fraction here)" tests are bogus.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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K2 Formula Bindings (2009) ($130)

versus

Nitro Raiden Zero (Not sure if 08 or 09) ($90)



Pros / Cons versus each other?

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Old 01-31-2009, 01:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm in good shape for my height. about 10% body fat, I go between 168 lbs to 175lbs at the heaviest.
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where'd you find 09s for $130

it also sounds like you have very wide feet, in which case you'll likely be in a very wide boot

i don't think you'd fit width-wise in a raiden medium
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I tried to boots on, and the the normals fit fine. I will definitely go try the boot before I actually buy them though.

I normally tend to wear wide boots when hiking, because your feet expand with the added heat and blood circulation. Normal ones, some brands fit tight, some just right, so it really depends on the brand.


Some burton boots fit tight, mostly the signature boarder ones. Others were just right. Any of the wide boots were plain too big.


BTW, i'm guessing '09 k2 Formula for $130 is good?


Also, how's $245 for a 157 Omatic Boron (free shipping) seem?

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