Another (more specific) Beginner Question
Hey guys, I'm another beginner looking to get into snowboarding; I've gone a couple times with friends and have gotten hooked. I'm a true beginner, but am planning on taking some lessons in the near future as well as making regular trips to Tahoe. Since I'm a poor college student, I figured it would be more cost effective to buy now rather than renting every trip or buying in the future. Specifically, I'm looking for a setup that:
1) is cost effective (I don't want to shell out $500+ for just a board)
2) is beginner friendly
3) will continue to perform as I progress
As for my personal specs, I'm 5'9", 185lbs--some chubs, some muscle—looking mainly to ride the groomers of Tahoe with some trips to the park. I’ve been looking into a couple Ride boards, the Crush and the Antic.
The Crush: I believe it’s a park board, but I’ve read that a softer flex is better suited to learning. Would getting a relatively long Crush (158 or 161) be a good board for learning while being able to perform moderately well on the mountain? I’m not looking for a board that will handle really high speeds—I figure I can always buy a new one when I reach that point—just one that can perform from beginner to an upper level intermediate.
The Antic: I think this would better fit my eventual demands of a board, the all mountain riding with some jumps, etc. My primary concern was that I think the flex is stiffer in the Antic. Would it be too extreme to function as a beginner board? Would a relatively short Antic (157/158) be good to learn on while maintaining some higher end performance? I had also read somewhere that a higher weight rider can better handle/may require a stiffer flex, and was wondering if this is one of those cases.
Any input on these boards is appreciated, as are suggestions of boards of a similar price range.
As for bindings, I was looking at Ride EX’s, Flow ‘the Fives,’ Burton Customs, or possibly Burton Freestyles, though I’ve read mainly bad things about the latter. Again, any input on these bindings as well as other suggestions is appreciated.