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Old 12-27-2009, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Board for Novice freerider looking to improve (and on a budget)

Hi all,

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 11:25 AM. Reason: added "I'm looking for a freeride/all mountain board I can grow into (skill-wise)."
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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take a look at last years ride control board 160ish cm $200
and last years flow nxt bindings for $169
that leaves $130 for boots of your choice.
you may not be familiar w/ flow but they are great bindings.cant stress it enough.
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