YOU! I need your help!
So I am completely new to snowboarding...so, new, I have never even been! I lived my whole life in georgia, so not much snow boarding down there...i moved up to chicago a few years ago, and now work with alot of guys that like to take a few ski trips a year...
i will be going with them MLK day and am contemplating whether or not to buy something...my stats
26 yrs old
size 10.5 wide shoe
Skateboarder in high school (not very good, but i can still ride around with no problem)
so i was thinking about renting first, but i have a friend that has been snowboarding for a while and said we could get together on some big hills around him and he could teach me the basics before MLK...so by the time i do that, and go on the trip, i will have rented over $100 worth...
i have no doubt that i will like snowboarding, but i dont want to spend a ton of jack..
i need advise on a board and bindings for under $400 total($300 would be better)...i plan to spend around another $100 on boots...also, thinking freestyle is the way to go
also, a size calculator recommends 158 cm long, which i though would be kinda short for my weight...