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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 06:32 AM
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help with new setup

heey,
im pretty much a beginner in snowboarding, and i need help deciding on board, bindings and boots.
ive done my research, and no one gave a clear decision on what board, binding etc. is better than the other.
im about 6' 1", and weigh around 180.
ill be riding pretty much all-mountain, may go into the park with more experience.
also, would i need a wider board with size 10.5-11 feet?
and my budget is around $900-1000.
thanks
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At 180lbs, get a 157-159 sized board for AM. You could probably do with a standard board depending on the board's waist, but mid-wide wouldn't hurt. In terms of which board is better, you'll get a different answer from everyone on this forum and then some because everyone will have a different opinion. Maybe if you gave us a little more detail what you want to do, someone may be able to suggest a board for you. In the end, you'll need to decide on what you want.
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I think that maybe a mid flex park board would be good for a beginner that will ride all mountain. Easy to turn, not too noodly when going fast, and would be able to go into the park. Perfect! As far as which one- Burton Custom, Bataleon Evil Twin(Has TBT which would keep from catching edges as well), Burton un-inc, Capita stairmaster, Forum Youngblood, Rome Agent and many many others. Someone else should probably help with boards, but as for bindings the Rome Targas seem to be the most versatile choice. They have a system where you can change inserts in the ankle strap to change the flex. You should probably research the Targas to get more info
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thanks heaps.
my riding will be around 80% mountain 20% park.
does that narrow down my options somewhat?
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rome agent with burton cartels or union forces
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Well the main thing is that your still a beginner as you listed so a stiffer mountain board may not be a good thing for your carves as it will be harder to turn. Rome Agent with Forces is a little more versatile than with cartels. You should go with that or better yet demo some boards.
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Oh and for boots just go into your local shop and try on a lot of boots. look for something with a medium flex. Lots of companies use flex scales like Burton, Thirty-Two, Celsius etc.
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thanks again for this.
helped so much.
ive decided im either going with the burton custom with est cartels, or the rome agent with either the targas or union forces.
ive heard afew bad things about the new targas so thats affecting my decision.
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I personally have rome 390s and have found a few flaws, like the ladder cover, but it's a very minor thing that doesn't affect ride ability. It's just cosmetic. The straps are ultra cushy though. Both Rome Targas and Union Forces are good bindings for all styles of riding and should aid in your ability to decide on what riding style that you will gravitate toward. Things to think about when deciding between the Custom and Agent... The Agent is a little softer than the Custom, which may be a bit better again for someone who is looking for something to cross over into the park a little. What ever you can get cheapest out of those choices is probably the best.
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IMO, I'd go with the Agent and whatever binding you like. Nothing against Burton, but being locked into Burton because of the EST really limits your choices in the future.
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