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Old 10-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi, im new to the forum but have read a good number of posts to see how helpful you guys can be so i just wanted some advice

I'm 5'9, 150 lbs, and have at least 5 years of riding experience (can't exactly remember when i started)
currently looking to invest in a new snowboard since i've been banging around my beginner one for some time now.

looking to start going to the park and starting some freestyle but will probably mostly be freeriding cuz that's what my friends mainly do.

The selection of available snowboards nowadays is just so huge i don't even know where to start looking.
Any suggestions to some good all mountain boards priced at $400 - $500?

p.s. will a freestyle board that is toward teh softer end be very terrible for going down like black diamond slopes?

thanks in advance!
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Old 10-28-2007, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where do you ride and what's your boot size?
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It won't be terrible for black diamonds if you have a shorter board, it'll simply be harder to control well in a situation with more powder...
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It won't be terrible for black diamonds if you have a shorter board, it'll simply be harder to control well in a situation with more powder...
No...Short boards don't perform as well for freeriding, period.
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No...Short boards don't perform as well for freeriding, period.
She speaks the truth. Short boards aren't great for freeriding. If you're riding smaller stuff on the east coast, you may be able to get away with it. If you're riding anything else, go with a longer board.
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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my boot size is 8.5
mostly riding in Ontario (so nothing crazy huge)

any specific suggestions on tried and tested boards?
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ive heard great things about the Never Summer SL. Lib Tech makes some nice stuff too. Rome is good.

Id hate to say this, but a lot comes down to which graphics tickle your fancy. Of course you should only consider boards that are are going to be best for the type of riding you do, but almost every company has one or more boards for every style of riding.
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