Hey all, basically I have read up on a few things on this forum, visited a few external links and remembered what the store person said when I visited there a few weeks back...as a result I have a few questions/options that i'd like to ask about and maybe get some good advice on what to do.
First of all my basic stats, i'm a tall skinny bugger... 6'2 and around 60kg with a size 9.5 boot. I've skied from about 7-14years old and was very proficient at it, but my snowboarding experience is only a 2-day trip to the mountain and one trip to a man-made slope. I've been surfing since I was young too so my picking up the jist of snowboarding will not take long, and it is something I want to get into for the future. Obviously while starting out i'm going to be aiming at refining the way I get down the mountain, but will eventually want to get into half-pipe/jumps and what not.
Now the first option I had was my friend purchased a new Rossignol Imperial board with bindings at half price in a sale, and I offered to buy it at the price he paid, as he was just going to use it as an end of season board when there are more rocks/less snow. Only thing is the length was 165, and at the time seemed cool but after reading up looks like I will be a bit out of my comfort zone considering my build, especially while i'm still learning. So you'd probably all agree to just pass on this offer then? He was offering it to me for $500nz which is a pretty sweet price to pay when just starting out. He said the board would be fine for me, but i’m doubting that after reading around. The board is far more suited for his build however as he’s twice my size.
So lately I have been looking around at what is available on our local internet auction site and different boards from manufacturers who I think will fit what I am after. I’m more or less looking to purchase a board for down the line say 1-2 years and how my board will suit me then, as well as considering learning on it… is there a good chance I can wreck the board due to bad technique while starting or will it help me progress into becoming better? I have a bit of time to look around and can always just hire a board for the weekend if we decide to head down before I can buy something, my budget isn’t limited as such but I don’t want to be forking out an arm and a leg if I don’t have to (expecting a nice tax-rebate soon too
The boards in particular I have been looking at (mainly due to the price I can get them at online, I also like a cool looking board hence the Nitros) are:
Rome Crail - http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=224936007
Rome Agent - http://www.trademe.co.nz/Sports/Ski-...-226058316.htm
Nitro Misfit - http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=226270053
Nitro Eero - http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=226058465
There are probably other boards on there that I haven’t yet looked into, but it is an idea of the price range i’m aiming towards as said earlier, something that will be good in a few years time when i’m at the intermediate stage wanting to improve.
Now the people who usually sell these boards selling bindings too so I can always ask for a deal and would be looking around $850max for the Rome Crail board in any size along with a set of Rome United bindings… now this is where i’m stumped as to what to do because a local shop sells that setup for $1099nz as listed on their site, but may be able to ask for a deal from them but there is still a significant price difference from buying online. Buying online i’d need to find out what sort of guarantee/warranty I can get as I don’t want the top layer coming off after my first ride, or the binding to break and not be covered by anything, whereas buying from the shop i’d at least be protected and wouldn’t have to deal with the customer-manufacturer shit, and the shop would setup the board/bindings for me and throw in a wax. This is an avenue i’m interested in, and after just reading the 22-page thread on the wax/edge, would be something i’d do in the future… learning the ins, outs and maintenance of my gear. Buying new there are always the cheap $400nz dollar beginner boards, but I’m wondering if this is what I should be doing.
The other option is to obviously go second hand. One deal I came across was at uasc.co.nz forum :: View topic - 155cm 09 Nitro Swindle & Large 09 Burton Cartel Bindings
which I contacted the person about to see if it was still available and it was, only thing is the board is pretty suited to park by the sounds of it, so I’m wondering will it still be ok to learn on? I could probably get away with offering $400-450nz for it, though I’d want to check out it’s condition and possibly show some pics, but being a 2009 model I presume it wouldn’t be too beat up. Would it be better to look around for a good second-hand setup in this situation? Only place I can really go is the internet auctions as the local shop didn’t deal with second-hand setups by the sounds of it. I’ve thought about just getting an old beat up board to learn on or just rent board/bindings when I head down, and possibly wait for the end-season sales as I missed it last year but will have an idea of what to look out for now. Is this a viable option too?
Along with this I’d be interested to know what it would be like from a re-sellable point of view in the case of an immediate accident, or wanting to upgrade in 2 years time. Do you usually tend to keep your old boards or sell/trade them in for new ones?
Now the question is what size board should I be going for… I see there are 152, 155 and 156 sized boards in the ones I have been looking at. Am I going to notice much of a difference between the 152 and the 156? Or would I be more suited to the get the 152 off the bat, or another option is to rent a board for a day of those sizes and see what I prefer or are the rental boards not a good indication for this sort of thing?
That’s all I can really think of now, so if there’s anything I may have missed which could help in me choosing the right setup then please let me know. No apologies for the long post… those generally interested in helping would read down to here.
Thanks in advance!