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Old 02-17-2009, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Board, have a few ideas but still unsure.

Hi all,

I am on the hunt for my first board. I am a semi-beginner looking for a good freeride board in the 153-158 cm range, I weigh around 160 lbs. I'm a size 10 shoe so probably a size 9 boot. I dont go in the park or anything so just looking for something to get better at carving and everything with. I ride on the east coast primarily at Sugarloaf. I am looking to spend under $250 on my board. So far I have a couple of ideas and these are them:

Atomic Exeter 155cm
Forum Recon 156 cm
K2 Darkstar
Rome Crail

What do you guys think? are there other boards worth taking a look at?
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I recommend this board to every noob, for under 200 bucks its a pretty nice board helped me progress alot...
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you could also look at the atomic hatchet.
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i have the forum recon 156. its good on icy conditions but i have only been on it once. everyone says it will get a little softer as i ride it but it seemed a little stiff to me. i was in rental boots that sucked and i had a lot of difficulties with heel lift that day but i have since got some boots that fit much better and in my living room it felt much improved and i could twist and bend the board better with me feet. i think i will like it better now but i probably would have gotten the forum manual over the recon if i did it over again. the recon was on sale on dogfunk for 179 a few weeks ago, thats really cheap.
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Darkstar, Crail and Recon aren't really freeride boards. Good to learn on and progress eventually into park, but if you're hitting the steep and deep you'll want something bigger and stiffer.

But then again, there aren't many freeride beginner boards.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What freeride beginner boards do you think I should go with? I would love to get one of these
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Rome Solution could be a decent board to 'grow into'
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