Help choose my board (newbie)
Been snowboarding around 7 times now through two seasons and am probably going to go much more this season since all my friends have their own gear now. I'm sick of renting and handing over ~$40 each time to stand in line and use crappy equipment. And so I come to ask for your help in finding the right board. I'm listing three, but feel free to recommend something that is not on the list.
I went to a Ski and Snowboard show this weekend and the guys there recommended three boards (all 2009 I think):
-K2 Podium ($250)
-Burton Deuce* ($220)
-Rome Crail ($180)
*Not sure it was a Burton Deuce or even if it was a Burton. It was a black board with lots of designing all over the board with skulls in a single color per size (red or green or blue). I spent the last hour online looking for it and am about 95% sure it was Burton Deuce.
Here's my info:
Boot size: 10
Board size: 156-158cm
Riding style: Freeriding
budget: $400ish for boots/bindings/board
Your location of riding: Heavenly Tahoe, Northstar at Tahoe
I purchased a pair of 2009 Burton Moto boots ($80) and am planning to go with either Burton Freestyle, Mission, or Custom for bindings.
I was leaning towards the K2 Podium because it was relatively light and the design was not crazy. It was just a simple gray board and didn't have the craziness that the Burton board had. There were two guys helping me and one liked the K2 over the Burton and the other liked the Burton over the K2...they both agreed that either would be just fine. They both also agreed that I would grow out of the Rome Crail after a few more sessions.
So I come to you guys to help me. I trust whole forum of snowboarders more than a couple salespeople working a snowboard show at the convention center.
Oh, I also ride goofy.
Last edited by ah6tyfour; 11-16-2009 at 12:59 AM.