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Old 07-27-2014, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Board Purchase! Excitement!

1) Is the T. Rice Pro Board worth the moneys?
2) Do you have some sweet board recommendations towards my interests?
3) Will a stiff (8 of 10) Binding be too hard to park in or should i back up a bit?
I know preference is key and I've had looser bindings before and was rather uncomfortable with them.

A little about me:

Weight: 240 lbs
Shoe size: 12
Height: 6'
age: 21
Budget: ideally less than $300. I can spring an extra $150 if needed.

Style: I like to go fast! I enjoy playing around on the flats waiting on my friends, and I also want to advance to park, namely jumps & ramps. I would like the board I Purchase to reflect this.

Ability: I ended the last season going down groomed blacks with confidence, though it was hard. I do consider myself Intermediate.

PS. I live in Texas so I have no local vendors. (aside from chains such as REI which I can order online with, etc.)

I have rented for the last 3 years and the time has come to where I can say I love snowboarding with all my heart. With this passion, I have been searching board recommendations throughout the internets and vendors when they are available, especially while I was in a place where snowboards could be purchased on the spot and people know what they are talking about and what they like.

The folks I talked to in New Mexico seemed to be sold on lib tech's stuff. (magnetraction etc..) they were very impressed and happy with their products.

The Board I was eyeing and recommended to is lib tech's T. Rice Pro (not HP b/c price) Link: Travis Rice Pro Lib Tech

Even now, off season, it is an expensive board and I'm unsure if I will even notice the difference between it and something like the Lib tech skate banana, which is nearly half the price right now via REI, because of my relative inexperience. I have been saving for a while, but it is always scary to make that first purchase and make sure it will be something that will last me the next 5 some years.

Thanks for your time and input! <3
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably need a wide board at size 12.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Lamps View Post
Probably need a wide board at size 12.
I agree. Its a hard knock life with skiis on my ankles. Its not too bad, but it does mean the board I get will be heavier. Such is life.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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the trice pro boards are pretty darn stiff, made for hauling balls off huge jumps and whatnot. better choices would be the TRS, Attack banana, or Skate banana. they are more park oriented. most lib techs are fairly well dampened- good for going fast.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Lamps View Post
Probably need a wide board at size 12.
At 240lbs he's gonna need a big board anyways!!!!!

So waist width on a standard width will most likely be ok for 12's!!!!!

And especially if he rocks a wide stance with bigger angles!!!!!

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Old 07-28-2014, 06:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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T Rice Pro is probably too much board for you. TRS will be too skinny.

I would get a GNU Carbon Credit Wide if I was you. Its made by the same guys Lib tech = GNU = Mervin. Great board and can take you from beginner -> advanced intermediate. Plus super cheap. I was very happy with mine.

I know they are/were on sale at REI recently.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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+1 for the carbon credit wide for yuh, loved mine
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