First time buyer, looking for a solid but cheap board. Im 6' 170lbs with a size 13 shoe (not exactly sure about my boot, but renting is normally at 13), looking for something like 159-161 wide board. I have seen alot of stuff, went to what seems like every online site, craigslist, ebay. But cant really find anything amazing in my price range. Also, i am not sure what I would categorize myself as. I like to hit jumps (but im not that great, but its the most fun) but normally im just carving down some blues and blacks. So more of a all-around board would be best.
Mainly I need to know what brands I should be looking for, and what to avoid. from what i've seen, LTD and Lamar boards are fairly basic cheap, but not really worth buying. Burton so far is mostly to expensive, and im unsure about forum, ride, and a few others. I found a K2 that was fairly up to my standards around 230$, but not to much else. Trying to stay within 280-320 range for a board and bindings, and i'll go buy boots from a local store. So if anyone has some suggestions, would be amazing.
So yeah, thats it... Thanks for any advice that can be given!
Edit: I'll post the few boards I have been looking at, maybe some addition info would help.
158W Salomon Ace Magnum - Smaller then what I was told to be my size, but pretty good price. Also available in 162W
K2 Illusion 163W, also available in 158 (not wide). Pretty good price, and I have learned I should stay near K2, as they are good boards. and for 230$ for a K2 wide, im leaning twords this one so far. But a bit longer then planned
Technine split T 157W for 240$.. Not sure what I think about it, still a bit shorter then what i've been told to get
This was the original one that got me doing more indept research about stuff... its LTD, 159W, boots bindings board combo for 300$. But so far reading LTD is that its nothing great, so I feel like I should spend the extra cash and get something a bit better.