beginner-intermediate all-mountain choices?
I've spent some time over the past week lurking, and reading *lots* of past posts,
trying to learn as much as possible about board, binding and boot choices that will likely suit me.
I'm an avid Nordic skiier, now;
and hung-up my downhill gear back in 1994.
I'm 40yrs. old.
Size 9 1/2 (or so) boot (10.5 US street shoe size)
This will be my second season snowboarding in the north-east.
(think more "groomed" or "ice" vs. "powder")
I rented equipment last season, which was some entry-level Rossignal board with click-in bindings.
I am looking to buy my own gear this season, used if I can find it, or possibly new;
if I can piece-together a deal on 2009 stuff for $200-$300 for board + binding.
A third option will be to do a season-long rental from my local shop, but at this point,
it's very likely their stuff is pretty picked over.
Help me with some choices?
These are the makes/models/sizes that I've come across on the 'net that I think would make for decent choices, and that also are discounted heavily and fit my budget:
Ride Control (162)
Flow Merc (160)
K2 Podium (159)
Forum Stomper (157/162)
Palmer Burn (158/160)
Forum Recon (158)
The Merc/EX or Cadet combination would be the most economical,
the Podium /Formula the most expensive.
I'd like something that I can progress with for a few seasons,
snowboarding with my 9yr. old Son (we learned together).
I will likely get out 6-12 times this year, depending upon snowfall.
I have absolutely no interest in "park" riding, and just want a nice cruiser setup,
where I can have some fun on the groomed trails at my few, small, local resorts
Last edited by corlay; 12-08-2009 at 10:03 AM.