purchasing first board
I've snowboarded a few times, and picked it up the basics very quickly, thanks to a few years of skateboarding. But I'm still at the lower end of intermediate. I know that I'm going to go snowboarding a few times this year, and more in the future, so it would be more cost effective for me to buy my own equipment. However, I know nothing about brands, and what determines the quality of a board. I know of a few brands such as burton, rome, nitro, but as with all things, the best known brands are rarely the best products.
So my question is obviously going to be to help me pick equipment.
I need something very basic, most likely an all-around board, but leaning more towards freestyle. This is going to be for more casual/fun snowboarding.
size 10 shoes
Boarding on the east coast
again, all around, but more towards freestyle
from my research, it seems 153-156cm would be good, but I'm open to anything
I'm looking for a budget board/bindings, that are just decent performance, but will last me a long time (thats priority)
I see a lot of good looking boards online, for 150-200 bucks (thats the price range I'm looking at) but I can't find much about the brands, like morrow, lamar, flow, airwalk, rosignol(sp?)
so, pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciate, and I don't mind doing a lot of research for this, but a starting point would be great. Thank you.