What it is, folk.
Born and raised: Texas, <500 ft. below sea level, never been in more than six inches of snow in my life.
Signed up for my university's snowboarding class (in Santa Fe), so I've got a killer deal on a lift pass this season.
I know you're tired of reading these threads...so am I, but I've got to make some informed decisions before the beginning of the year and this is the one area where you can't buy half-ass blind. If all goes as planned, I might be scoring a smallish chunk of $$$ pretty soon that I can supplement w/job, savings and Crima$-loots. I'm looking the whole set-up here.
Weight: Buck fifty
Shoe size: 10.5 but I've been known to fit in certain 10's, so we'll just say 10.5 w/thick socks (do boot sizes scale differently?)
I've been doing a little research, and there's varying opinions on "beginner boards" in regards to length, stiffness, weight, etc. Screw all that, I have no concern for my personal safety and am looking for a shorter (I'm guessing low fiddys) board w/tons of I can't believe it's not butter flex. I don't want to go completely nuts though, nothing pro, just something that I'm not going to mind abusing for a few seasons that ain't stank-ass ugly so I can still scam cred at the lodge. And don't try to fool me into a Lamar (I know your tricks, wily boarders!) I'm digging the newer Forums and Never Summers (I'd like to be the first newbie thread that didn't name-drop Burton.....d'oh, there it was!)
Here's what I have:
Here's what I need:
One (1) Snowboard (which we just discussed)
A pair of boots. I'm going to head down to one of our local shops and try on a bunch of pairs, the importance of the fit has been repeated over and over and heel lift pisses me off in my civilian kicks as it is.
A pair of bindings. Again, what I've read in regards to the size has kind of been vague. 10.5 boot (probably): Medium or Large, or just try out a bunch of pairs and whatever fits the best? Any major proponents of metal or plastic lurking about somewhere? I'm leaning plastic just to keep this whole flexible/wacky motif going but stop me if it's suicide (ergo. the end of fun).
A snowboarding jacket. I assume you get what you pay for here, and just find something that suits you. What should be the minimum waterproofing/venting ratings I should aim for (in regards to New Mexico/Colorado climates)? I plan on falling a lot, and looking foolish in the struggle to get back up. Detachable hood, yay or nay? Ipod controls would be bonus, but not necessary.
A pair of snowboarding pants. Ditto as w/jacket. I wear 32/30 in jeans, is there translation? And don't call me stumpy! I'm sensitive....
A set o'goggles. Which I'll just go try on and figure out. Do you get what you pay for w/these? What's the rip-off price point here?
A pair of gloves. I know I'm a lightweight w/the cold, but I'm not wearing mittens out of principle. I needs me some warm-ass gloves!
Board Maintenance: Wax of choice, guys?
...and some socks
Anything else I'm forgetting?
I'm trying to hover around the $800 mark w/all this stuff, but I could probably manage a grand if the argument for that extra green is strong enough. Sorry about the epic scale of this post, I'm just getting a lot of mixed messages with what I've read so far about certain things.
Toss me a bone before I blow $150 on a crap e-bay package, cover a thick hoodie w/saran wrap, and become a scary story that the mountain dads tell their little meat torpedos...