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Old 01-04-2008, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off I am a beginner and havent snowboarded for 4 years. I recently bought new bindings (Burton Custom) as I bought used boots at an auction last year (Salomon Dialogue) for extremely cheap and my old bindings wouldn't fit. My board that I got atleast 4 years ago is a Lamar Tagger 151. This year I would not buy a new board, but most likely next as the Lamar is small on me. My question is, if I were to switch to a more expensive board (Burton Twin, Burton Custom, or something along those lines) would it make learning much easier or would I barely notice a difference? Also what types of things would I notice with a more expensive board?
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Expensive isn't always better. There are alot of factors that go into whether or not a board will work for or against you, and imo, price isn't one of them.
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Expensive isn't always better. There are alot of factors that go into whether or not a board will work for or against you, and imo, price isn't one of them.
What kind of factors? What things should I look at when purchasing a new board?
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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you can use a cheap board to learn no problem. you will only start to notice differences in boards as you progress in skill. that said, you should not learn on a board that is too big or too small for you, and your stance must be correct, or learning will be an exercise in frustration.
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you can use a cheap board to learn no problem. you will only start to notice differences in boards as you progress in skill. that said, you should not learn on a board that is too big or too small for you, and your stance must be correct, or learning will be an exercise in frustration.
what kind of differences in the boards will I start to notice?
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what kind of differences in the boards will I start to notice?
Depends on what type of board you're riding. It's really something that just comes with experience, and doing more than asking.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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major difference vs cheap/expens

construction
board core types
stainless edges
cap vs sidewall
bases

boots are the same and so are bindings

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Old 01-05-2008, 05:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah, get nice, well-fitting boots right off the bat. it also might not be a bad idea to get a nicer set of bindings.


as you get better you will notice differences in how quickly your board likes to turn, how much spring or "pop" it has, its weight, the speed of the base, how much it chatters at high speed, etc. These things you can't begin to get a handle on as a beginner - just get down the bunnyhill!
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Expensive isn't always better. There are alot of factors that go into whether or not a board will work for or against you, and imo, price isn't one of them.
Agreed. But if you are more of a beginner I would seriously not even bother spending a lot of money. Chances are you will either crash a nice board to hell, or simply not notice the difference between a nice board and a beginner board being a beginner anyway!
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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man learn on that old small one (its easier to learn on, too compared to a longer board) and then upgrade once you've got your general riding skills dialed in. you'll have a better idea of what you'd want then.
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