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New snowboard advise
I have REALLY enjoyed the last few months snowboarding. This is the first time in my 35 years on Earth that I cheer for snow after December. I now love winter!!!
Well, I started out asking you guys for advise on snowboards and equipment for my 12 year old son. (Thanks to all who helped, great advise)
I eventually picked up a used K2 Fuse size-155 for myself, and some Flow bindings. K2 was purchased with a few pebble sized grooes in bottom.
I have really enjoyed the K2 Fuse, it's the board I learned on, and since have ridden a LTD Mist (Girls board I think) 155 as well, which I hated, as it seemed really "edgy" I guess. I was always on one edge or the other it seemed, and made my calves sore.
I have been up about 20 times or so, once to Brighton resort (Utah) for a full day, the rest hiking up a local canyon, and boarding down.
So....After reading boarderholics info, and much advise from snowolf, I will try to be as specific as possible.
I am 5'8" tall, I weigh 140-145 (thin), I am still in the beginner phases, as I can safely make it down greens, but still fall occasionally, and get nervous with my speed at times.
I have tried and landed a few small jumps, can ollie (timing is still an issue) and ride switch better than I thought I would, and actually enjoy riding fakie for brief periods.
I would like to take advantage of the good deals going on now, and REALLY hit it hard next season.
My goals for next season are to work on butters, which I think are WAAAY cool, small rails and boxes, carving on the groomed trails at the resorts, and bombing the steeps in the non-resort canyons, once I get a little more comfortable with controling my speed using turns instead of heelside/toeside stops.
So I'm assuming I need an all mountain board(?) Maybe a 154 or 153 for better control?? Is this how it works?
I really like the ease of the Flow bindings as well, but you rarely seem to see the pros use them. Is there a reason most seem to prefer the ratchet bindings over the flow?
I will probably stick with the Flows, unless it will really benefit me to go with something else.
I am willing to spend around $350/possibly $400 for a good beginner/intermediate board. But for that much, I need to be a "one board man" and keep up with my progression for a couple years at least.
I really like the looks/sound of the Arbor Element. Is this to advanced of a board for me? I can pick up a brand new one for about $275. Also the K2 Darkstar, as I like my K2 Fuse.
Sorry so long, but any advise is appreciated.
Last edited by cadencesdad; 03-17-2009 at 03:34 AM.