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1st board/boot/ binding purchase - East Coast rider - lots of info
Hello, looking for some advice for my 1st board / boot / bindings purchase. I am 5'9', 220lbs, size 11 boot. Took lessons, loved it, been 4 times in the past 3 weeks. Everytime I went I was set up with a Burton 160 (LTR I think) with the Burton progression size 11 boots. I am from NYC, so plan to ride the local areas, Mt Creek, Poconnos, Hunter, Bellayre, with some runs up to VT. Budget is no issue, but don't want to buy something I am not ready for. Just riding with friends, most of whom are skiers, no plans to hit the park or anything for a while if ever.
So the question is based on my height / weight, the fuzzy math of the calculators has me a bit uncertain. Stick with a 160 board, go up to a larger size, or down to a 157/158?
Next, need some recommendation on something good for the icy mountains of east coast. After looking at the diff manufacturers sites, the eye candy and good reviews of the Atomic Hatchet and the Burton Custom has me wanting to make the buy but are those the right type of boards for ice / packed snow of the EC? All recommendations are welcome. Thanks,