Deal or No Deal: 07 Sims Absolute for $80
I'm a new rider, 5'8 and 175 lbs.
I'd say I'm an advancing beginner. I can link turns, get down the blues without crashing, etc.
I'm primarily interested in free riding, and would like to make my way to the back-country some day. I figure I'll learn to ride a rail at some point, though I have little interest in half-pipes.
So, I've been looking for either an all-mountain or free-ride board for my first board.
I was leaning towards the Sierra Crew for $250, but while returning a rental yesterday came across an 07 Sims Absolute for $80.
I checked reviews here, and it's not a well respected board ("absolute shit", per one reviewer).
I've also read a lot that I shouldn't be too concerned on the overall quality of my first board.
So, I'm stuck in "analysis paralysis."
Here's some more info. this will be a long-term sport for me. I skied most my life (am 42) and took up snowboarding since that's what my son wants to do..skiing was getting boring for me anyway. I was as good as I was ever going to get. It was time for something new.
I've invested in his gear and am now looking for mine (as well as new skis for my wife and 3 yr old daughter). The point of all this is that we;ll be getting up to the mountain a lot since the whole family can go.
So, given all that, what would you recommend...save my $ and plan on a new board in a year or 2, or make a better investment now so I get a board I can stick with longer?