New Board for Novice freerider looking to improve (and on a budget)
I'm 23, from Chicago, and looking to buy my first setup. I just started snowboarding about 3 years ago and have gone maybe 10 times in that time, but never outside the midwest. I have always rented equipment, but feel its time to buy my own gear. I can comfortably carve finally, but that is on small midwestern runs. I'm looking for a freeride/all mountain board I can grow into (skill-wise).
I'm male, 5'10" and 210 lbs., ride regular and have a size 10.5 shoe. Looking at the specs in the stickied thread, I should look for a board that is 165-180cm length, but I think I have only used 151 or 159s before. Is that going to make a difference in feel for me (I have shorter legs but a taller upper body- only a 30 inch inseam for pants)?
Also, my budget for everything (board, bindings, boots) is $500 max, but I'm hoping to get everything in the $400 range. I plan on going maybe 5-10 days annually so financially it makes sense to buy a setup, but I don't beleive I will be involved in the sport enough to need high end equipment.
As far as brands, what I see from some brief reading on the forums here:
1. Stay away from burton (overpriced name brand)
2. Capita and Rome are good companies for beginner boards
Any other questions, let me know~ Any advice is appreciated!
Last edited by bisme4848; 12-27-2009 at 10:25 AM.
Reason: added "I'm looking for a freeride/all mountain board I can grow into (skill-wise)."