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Old 02-19-2009, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I am a beginner buying my first board and I am stuck between 3. My main concern is whether or not it's worth spending a little extra money to move up from the entry level. PLEASE don't suggest I go out and spend $275 on a Ride board or something because I simply don't have the money. Anyway, here are the 3 I am deciding between:

1) 5150 Path Wide 08 - $139.99 CDN
Snowboard - Boards - Senior - 5150 Men's Path Wide 08 -SportChek.ca

2) K2 A-Star Wide 08 - $174.99 CDN
Snowboard - Boards - Senior - K2 Men's A-Star Wide 08 -SportChek.ca

3) Morrow Source Wide - $179.99 CDN
Sportmart has inline skates, golf equipment, running shoes and other sporting goods

Any comments on which one of these is the best bang for the buck?

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Old 02-19-2009, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a great idea to spend a little extra money because it will pay off in the end. Out of those boards I would say the K2 is the best choice.
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I'll go ahaed and give you the consensus on this. Dont get the 5150 board.
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of those, the astar (wide 159) is much better

k2 says it has a 3 degree base bevel, but it's more like 0

structured base, sandwich construction, progressive sidecut, directional twin
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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So the K2 is the clear choice then? Strange that it is so reasonably priced and less than the Morrow considering K2 is more well known as a Ski/Snowboard brand.
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SportChek has reduced their prices considerably on their K2 stuff (at least that's what I've noticed) which may explain why the price is so reasonable. My cousin's boyfriend has the exact same board and he paid more for it about 2 months ago.
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So the K2 is the clear choice then? Strange that it is so reasonably priced and less than the Morrow considering K2 is more well known as a Ski/Snowboard brand.
I don't know...with the 50% off sale at Sierrasnowboard.com you could spend an extra $60 and get a much, much better board that those listed. But for a first board the K2 is fine, but if you could get a great deal it may be worth looking at.
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I don't know...with the 50% off sale at Sierrasnowboard.com you could spend an extra $60 and get a much, much better board that those listed. But for a first board the K2 is fine, but if you could get a great deal it may be worth looking at.
Problem is I live in Canada and Sierra has extreme limitations on what they can sell internationally (eg. I am not allowed to buy Burton, K2, Ride, Salomon or Mervin boards) and the shipping will be quite expensive. Simply put, it isn't worth it especially at my price point. Thanks for the info though.
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Problem is I live in Canada and Sierra has extreme limitations on what they can sell internationally (eg. I am not allowed to buy Burton, K2, Ride, Salomon or Mervin boards) and the shipping will be quite expensive. Simply put, it isn't worth it especially at my price point. Thanks for the info though.
Ahhh...that would be a problem. The K2 should be just fine...and if you really get into after a year or two you'll probably be itching for a new board anyway.
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I know someone with that AStar - it's really not a bad board for the price (destroys the boards next to it on the display rack), and K2 already has good pricing this year in Canada.
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