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Old 12-08-2009, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default beginner-intermediate all-mountain choices?

Hello All.
Great forum!

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.
5'10", 185#
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)

Ride EX
K2 Formula
Union Cadet

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


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Old 12-08-2009, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am no expert on any of those choices but if it were me, I'd pick k2 podium and union cadets or k2 binders

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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also not that much experience with those boards but you checked evogear right? their deal100 coupon is pretty sweet.
i like the k2 formulas and i'd look at the k2 autos in purple/plaid lol. i do know that those forums are their entry-level boards and the stomper was only made in 08 and 09. but if you're only cruising any of those directional all mountain boards would be great i'm sure.

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would also go with the podium out of those choices but I would put Ride ex bindings on it just because I use Ride bindings, have never had a problem with them and love some of the features they offer (canted footbed, rubber mesh-like toe strap)
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Originally Posted by sumo28 View Post
their deal100 coupon is pretty sweet.
hey, thanks!

that deal100 wasn't there last night...only the 50.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't know much about the boards but my friend has a pair of 08 K2 Formulas and really liked them. I'm thinking about asking him if I could try using them this season. And BA has good reviews about them as well.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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adding Gnu CHB to the list,
based upon good recommendations for this manufacturer's boards used on Eastern slopes.

question: With this board, something shorter than typical is better, yes?

If my normal range is 159-162, would my best bet be a 157 for the CHB?

thanks for all the great advice so far.
greatly appreciated!
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