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Old 08-08-2009, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, hope someone can give me their expertise on this.
I have a Burton Clash, which I find to be a solid beginner's board.
I would consider myself now to be at intermediate level (or at least pretty close).

I'm planning on doing a full season in 2009/2010(late December to April, hopefully riding every day).
I'd say I'm gonna be 50/50 between park and freeride - I can pick up an 08/09 Evil Twin
for a pretty good price - should I buy it or stick with my beginner's board for the season?
Any advice appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes I would definitely say you should upgrade your board. Even though its not the board that makes the person at the skill level they are, it is the rider. A board definitely will help you step it up. I have seen advanced riders ride beginner boards and do 360's and bomb it down the mountain with no problem. I went from a noodle beginner board to a new int/adv board and I definitely stepped it up a few levels. I felt more confident and had a lot more control with my new board. And speed too for that matter.

I would check out the Rome Agent, as I have been hearing A LOT of good stuff about it. My BF has the Rome Targas, I know he loves them and from what I have seen they are really official. If you spend half your time in the park and half riding, I would definitely check out the Rome Agent and Rome Targas set up. I think that would be exactly what you are looking for. I know the Rome Targa's you can adjust its stiffness and flexibility to suit your needs, whether it be park or riding.

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Old 08-08-2009, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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picking up that ET would be a very nice upgrade. if your riding everyday there is no need to not step it up to a real board, but everyone has there own opinion. i have friends that ride old lamar boards with plastic kmart bindings that can shred harder then most kids in the park..
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If you can afford to, do it!
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help guys. The Rome Agent looks really good. Last season's model is only $245 on Sierra at the moment, unfortunately they charge $138 to ship to Ireland
I might try to get some of my friends to order at the same time to split the shipping costs.
It's a coin toss between the ET and the Agent!
I will look into the Rome bindings too, I like the adjustability because I have a real dislike of capstraps.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not sure if you're interested, but I did a quick google and found an Irish place selling lots of Bataleon boards. You may have already found it, but I figured it was worth posting.

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Yeah thanks man, I have been in contact with those guys recently and the prices are pretty reasonable.
In general we tend to get totally ripped off with board prices in this country.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yea i suggest you not go with the 50/50 because those are still some what a beginner type board. If you can afford the ET then get it!!!
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated.
In the end I went with the Rome Agent!
No bindings as of yet. I still have my '07 Burton freestyle bindings, which are pretty beat up but I love them, and they are really comfortable. Will I notice a huge difference with say 390s or Union Forces?

It's going to be a long wait til December now.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Good choice! My BF just picked one up too...now comes the lonnnng wait to use it. I had to go through the same thing when I got my new board. It sucks just looking at it and not being able to use it for like 5 months

Anyway, hope you like it!
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