I was keeping my eye on the last one on Leroy's website, seriously thinking about getting it. I got a season pass to our local resort after 10 years of not snowboarding and got some cheap board that I thought would be ok. I told my wife I wouldn't need anything else, just the pass. Well, it turned out that the bindings on the board were too big and my feet slid around in them like crazy. I was going to replace those first, but after my first time out, on a VERY cold day, my painful feet told me to get some better boots. So I got some very nice northwave legend boots for $50 on ebay and eventually a pair of Technine MFM Pro bindings. I don't hear a lot about technine in this forum, but the MFM Pro's are SWEET!
So I thought I was all set, feet were comfy and didn't slide around, my board was just fine for carving down the hill. Since it was 10 years since I last went, I didn't think I was going to be trying any jumps, but that wasn't the case. Snowboarding, I discovered, is like riding a bike, and everything came back to me quickly. One day I went with my brother in law, who's half my age and has a brand new board. For one run we switched boards and I was shocked to learn how much heavier my board was than his. Going off jumps, doing tricks, pipe was much easier on his board than mine. I would have used his board for a few more runs, but he wouldn't let me because mine was too heavy.
I didn't want to say anything to my wife because I knew she would say, "You said you didn't need anything but the pass". So I just quietly did my research, reading review after review, pouring over old posts on this board too see what boards are popular these days. I finally decided on the Bataleon Riot. After looking at sites that were selling them over sea's for between $450 and $600, I found one on Leroy's website for $370, and it was the last one. I sent the link to my wife and the next day after work had the "discussion" with her.
As predicted she said, "You said you didn't need anything but the pass". She resisted, saying we could use the money for other things, and I became irritated, angry actually. I don't spend money on a lot of things and this board will last me a while!!! After a while our "discussion" cooled and she said, "why don't we think about it for a couple weeks". Well, Leroy's only had one left and I knew it would probably sell by then. I tell her this and she says, "No it won't, because I already bought it.......
Do I have an awsomn wife or what? The board will arrive next week and hopefully there will still be some snow on the ground. If not, I'm really going to be looking forward to next season. Sorry for boring you with the long post, I'm just really excited.