Board Boots and Bindings
I just got into snowboarding this season with my school's PE class. I've gone six times so far and it's been awesome. I've rented gear each time and would like to purchase my own for the tail end of this season and the many more to come. Before I ask any questions, here is some important information:
Weight: 215 (6')
Boot size: 10/10.5
Riding style: hills for now, eventually want to break into park
budget: Looking to spend ~500 on board/boots/bindings
Your location of riding: Central and Western New York
I'll start with the board. I'm looking for an all-terrain board since I just do greens/blues right now, but I would like to improve and tackle the harder runs and venture into the park. The boards that I have rented have typically been from 158-160, but after the reading I have done, I think I'm going to shoot for a longer board, probably 163-166; let me know if this is a good idea. Also, how much does a wide board differ from a normal sized one. My boots will probably be near the switching point and I'm not sure which one to scout for.
Here are some of the prospects I've come up with:
Ride Control & Antic
For bindings, I think I'm going to get Burton Cartels, in a size Large. Will these fit the boards I'm looking at, and will they be compatible with most boots?
Finally, boots. I'm going to hit up the snowboard shop asap to try them on to see which ones fit the best. I'm hoping the BOA lacing system isn't uncomfortable because I absolutely hate tying up laces, and I can never seem to get the tightness right. Are there any brands/models that I should try on first? Also, what type of flex should I be looking to get?
Last edited by nugg; 02-21-2009 at 02:17 AM.