Advice to newbie (burton ozones right for me?)
I consider myself a begginer/intermediate rider. Since I'm from Brazil, it was really hard to get a chance to go snowboard. Up to now I went in four trips, totalling maybe 20 days of snowboard. Now I have just moved to US (Philadelphia, to study 2 years) so I am really excited to buy my gear and go snowboarding as frequently as possible. I have read several guides I've found here and dozens of discussions to get a little acquainted on how to choose my stuff.
I'm starting with the boots, which I heard from many that are the most important thing. I know everybody says you should go to ski shops and try every boot until you found the perfect fit, but unfortunetaly I could not find any shops around here and I wanted to buy them before the season starts, to get better prices. The only chance I got for trying boots was in NYC last weekend when I went to a Burton store. I tried a few boots and now at least I know I use 12.0 boots in Burton sizing.
I found the other day what looked a real bargain to me: Burton Ozones 2008-2009 for US$90 (retail value of 2010's are around US$250). I read lots of reviews on these boots and what I most heard was positive reviews that they are very light and very, very confortable. On the other hand I read some people complaining that they were too soft so in some cases the binding could "crush" the boots if you tight them in excess.
I am really interested in buying those boots, but my biggest concern is regarding their flex (4 in burton's scale). I mean, I spent most of my snowboarding time so far riding the mountain, but as I got more confident of my skills I started doing little tricks and trying some jumping. I definetively want to play in the park as I get better, but I don't think I'll ever fit in the "park-only" type.
So I would like to ask your advice: do you think I should buy the Burton Ozones? Are they appropiate given my background? Can the high flex of the boots translate in the feeling of "loose control" of the board?
Thanks in advance for your time and sorry for the enormous essay...