First time. Going from just rentals to owning.
Hey everyone. I have been snowboarding only a few times in the past few years. However, I love the sport and have decided to own one for myself. I have been researching recently to find a board that would be good for me. I narrowed it down, but advice would be helpful
Riding Style:I ride groomers mostly, but I like jumps and would like to develop into other areas as well. That's why I want an all-mountain board.
Budget:As low as possible, however I will pay for quality and will not skimp on it so 500-650 range would be nice.
location:I live in California, so Mountain High, Mammoth, and later down the road I will try out Utah and Colorado.
I like to fakie quite a bit and can ride regular and goofy equally. I'm not skilled enough to ride the halfpipe or rails yet, but would like to attempt to eventually. That's one of the difficulties for me. Most all mountain boards are directional and for someone who fakies it would probably be better to use a twin directional board and those are freestyle/park boards which I won't see myself doing as much as normal riding.
I narrowed it down to an
Burton Custom (Differences between the Burton Custom Second?)
I prefer a board that I can improve and grow on, so even after I improve it will still give me the performance I need. (So perhaps an Intermediate board?)
Boots: I don't know too much about boots, but the BOA system has been intriguing and I know the aim here is to spend a good amount of money because if I go cheap it will be uncomfortable and take way from the pleasures of snowboarding. Also soft boots and hard boots. I would probably have to aim for a softer boot since it is not going to be a dedicated park board.
Bindings: There are so many different models for bindings, it makes it hard to choose one. I did notice that Burton's ECS system is a bit more expensive. As with the board, bindings that are in the middle are ideal as in not too soft or too stiff.
Any Advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Last edited by Dantesinferno; 06-26-2009 at 02:09 AM.