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Old 02-24-2014, 09:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just went to snowshoe which is the 4th time I've tried snowboarding and I think I'm ready to buy a board/bindings. I've come to the realization that every skiing resort has given me a board based on my height, but that weight was a better indicator. I'm 5'9" but I'm an avid weightlifter with an athletic build at 180lbs. All four times I have used a Burton LTR 150/154cm board, and a calculator I used recommended a 159cm board. I definitely got the hang of snowboarding but felt unstable at higher speeds.

My boots measure 12.75" or 32.385cm. I definitely want an all mountain board. I do like to be able to ride switch and would rather go down the hill with control than speed. I will most likely only go snowboarding once or twice a year so I'm not looking for a $400 snowboard, just looking to avoid renting gear and ride something I can continue to get better on (not a beginners board).

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1. (Changed) I forgot the calculator said I should get a board that is 25.3cm/253mm, so I guess I'll aim for that and this question can be disregarded.
2. Should I try a longer rental board first (Burton LTR)? I've already tried a 150 and a 154, the only other option is a 160. I think these boards are really soft so I'm not sure if trying a longer board would really help me decide.
3. Any board recommendations? Should I go with a binding/board combo option if I can?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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starting off with a rental board that is too short actually makes your life easier, easy to turn and so on. If you are going to buy your own then get something around the right size, maybe at the lower end of the range while you are still learning, e.g. if the guide says 157-160 look toward the bottom end but it's not that big a deal, if you saw a board you liked at a good price and it was at the top end of the recommended range then go for it.
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Thx for the reply! Any advice between these two?

On Sale 5150 Vice Snowboard up to 45% off
On Sale Morrow Fury Snowboard 159 up to 45% off
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both are shit boards...keep on looking...it would be better to buy a used quality board in good condition
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I think the season end sales start in March. You should wait for those and try to get 50%+ off. If you are planning on going a few times in the next month or so look into a used setup. You can get a nice board and binding combo for under $300 easy. After a few times renting myself, I bought a 1yr old ride board/bindings for $180 and rode it for 3yrs. Good luck!
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I think the season end sales start in March. You should wait for those and try to get 50%+ off. If you are planning on going a few times in the next month or so look into a used setup. You can get a nice board and binding combo for under $300 easy. After a few times renting myself, I bought a 1yr old ride board/bindings for $180 and rode it for 3yrs. Good luck!
Good tip! I am looking to go at least one more time. Any comments on the k2 brigade?

On Sale K2 Brigade Snowboard up to 40% off
That seems like a decent price at $209, since the black/blue version of the board is still $299. Seems like they may already be trying to clear that color of the board out.

or

http://www.the-house.com/9858sasig13...nowboards.html

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Nitro-H...item2c7d47662a

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Im the same size and just picked up a rossignal templar 158 for like 150-180$ for the 2013 version. Id stay 156-158 unless u want something to play with in the park.
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Im the same size and just picked up a rossignal templar 158 for like 150-180$ for the 2013 version. Id stay 156-158 unless u want something to play with in the park.

For the OP check this out.


Rossignol Templar Magtek Snowboard 2013 | evo outlet

http://www.evo.com/outlet/snowboards...d-2013-156.jpg

http://www.evo.com/outlet/snowboards..._142_Image.jpg

The Rome board looks really good check out this review..

http://thegoodride.com/snowboard-rev...buying-advice/

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The templar seems like a great find at a great price! I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the 158cm version. I had a little trouble finding the waist width but I think it's 25cm and the calculator suggested 25.1cm on the low end of the range so that should be fine hopefully!
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I wear a us 9 and my brother wears a 10.5, neither have trouble with the board.
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