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Old 08-11-2014, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been riding for about 10 years but just recently started going to
bigger mountains I.e. Stratton and Killington in Vermont.
I live in new York And hit smaller hills around syracuse.
I've heard east coast snow Is different then west coast and I'm looking for a new setup for this
Season. I'm 6'2" 225 lbs I mostly ride just to cruise, I like tight trails and speed but I do hit parks with my buddies sometimes. I have no clue what to actually look for in a board or bindings for what I need and the guys in the local shops are all just trying to push "these sweet new decks that just came in" and all my buddies just try to spend more then each other so their not too good for advice. I'm just looking for what will suit me well and I'll be happy with. Also a first time poster so thanks for any advice
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good on you for looking for info instead of buying into the hype. There is a lot of marketing bullshit out there in snowboards... First things first, I wouldn't worry about the difference between West and East snow. It's really not that different. In fact the West coastal snow can be much heavier than the east coast snow, which is much heavier than the rocky mountain snow.

Main thing is, buy a board that's sized right for you (based on weight and preference).

This would be a great thread to start with, to get an idea of what camber profile you're interested in. Again, lots of hype words in the marketing for the various camber profiles. This thread helps to cut down on that: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...g-between.html
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IMO you want a stiff board 160cm+ with camber and stiff boots and bindings.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the timely response and I read the link.
Looks like I'd be looking for something like
Flat, rocker, flat. I am looking for something
That has really quick response and carves well.
Any suggestion on a brand for board and bindings?
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Flat, rocker, flat. I am looking for something
That has really quick response and carves well.
For carving and quick response, ETM is right, nothing beats camber. That said, if you're going to ride powder or off-piste much, it's worth getting something with an "early rise nose", "rockered nose" or "RCR profile". The Burton Landlord would be an example of that type of base profile.

As far as brands go, I wouldn't say there are very many "bad" brands out there. Just depends on what you really want.

For ultra stiff, ultra responsive I can steer you in that direction. But otherwise just look for boards that are on the stiffer side, with the base profile mentioned above, and long enough for your weight. The faster you want to go, the longer you want the board to be. It's a generalization but fairly accurate.
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Flat rocker flat would suck for you IMO.
You are the same size/weight as me and similar riding style. If it were me I would buy camber without question. its best for carving and best for jumps.

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Consider the Rossignol One or Templar. Both good intermediate boards that would really benefit your progression. Both boards are camber dominant, giving you great edge hold but still very responsive. I'm just about your size, and I think you'd be fine on a board between 160-163
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