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Old 05-26-2010, 02:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone.

I've been doing some research reading the stickies and whatnot on this website and a few others in regards to everything about purchasing my first snowboard. I love snowboarding and i think its the perfect time to buy gear right now. I came up with a list of snowboards i found that i may want to purchase and i was wondering if i could get some help to narrow it down (Ride Crush would be my choice). I'm looking for a all-mountain board to last me good while. I'm totally open to other options too.

I barely started to learn how to carve. That first feeling was amazing. I'm a freerider looking to hit the parks in the near future from time to time (that's probably a long time from now.) Anyways. Any help is much appreciated.

Weight: 185 pounds looking to drop/stay at 175 within the next month (its going to happen).
Boot size: 10.5 (not sure if i need a wide board or not. i should get my boot first)
Height: 6ft
Riding style: Freeriding as of right now
Budget: $400-500 w/ boots/bindings if possible
Location: Lake Tahoe

Snowboards (with prices i found):

Stepchild JP Walker $345
Rome Agent - $360
*Ride Crush - $266
K2 WWW Rocker - $295
GNU Carbon Credit Series BTX Snowboard - $251

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Old 05-26-2010, 05:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If I was you, considering your budget, I would wait for Sierra to drop the the Sierra Reverse Crew down to $150 and jump on that. Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com

Should be the same as a Custom V, if it is it will handle freeride duties quite well but still be competent in park. If you are willing to spend up to double that amount then your options open up substantially.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm flexible with how much i want to spend on a deck, but i'm just looking for a decent board to ride that's better than the rentals. I'm still in the process of learning how to snowboard better, so i'm really not looking for something top-notch at the moment.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm actually leaning more towards the GNU now.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm actually leaning more towards the GNU now.
Yeah, the Crush and the WWW are jibsticks, I don't know how much you would like going freeride with them. Personally I would go the Agent because I think it is an awesome board, don't have experience with the GNU and im not too familiar with it, sounds like a beginners board, which should be a decent choice?
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out of all those I would get the GNU!
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The Gnu is probably the board of that bunch that will fit you best today. The problem with that board will come 2yrs from now when you've outgrown it's abilities. If you were to go for something like the Agent or the Sierra Crew you'd have a longer lifespan for the board but with all that said you'll probably want a new board after 2seasons anyway.
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even though www is a jibstick you could easily ride blacks with it.
i do it all the time :]
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My first board was an XRS Clicker, and that did me a ton of good
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm actually thinking about getting the K2 Turbo Dream right now. What do you guys think? Also about the size of the board, 156 or 159?
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