First off, I love this site!
Secondly, I know I had another thread made but I did a lot more research since then and have a bettr idea of what I want...but still need help. And that thread no one was responding to after
Thirdly, I've done my fair bit of research and was hoping to get some 2nd opinions...or 3rds, or w.e.
So to get right to it...
Basic info about me
5' 8" ft
boot size: 9 - 10 US (I don't know the exact size cause whenever I went boarding, I seem to be fitting different sizes though majority of them are Burtons)
beginner - intermediate (gone about 4-5x in the last year and 3-4x since like gr8 to last year)
planning on perfecting carving, learning to ride switch, and start doing some basic tricks on the GROOMED slopes.
I WANT to ride the park after some time but don't see myself being able to do it this year.
From the research I've done...here is some info that I feel would help with selecting my gear. Also the list underneath each category are the boards I've jot down that I think may be a decent fit for me?:
Total Budget: Hopefully no more than $600CAD...not inc. helmet...but hopefully it does
Board: < $300CAD, ideally
153-155 (ideally...though 156 is OK I guess)
camber/zero camber/jib rocker/all mt. freestyle rocker (narrowed it down to those...which ever is best suited for me...am a little unsure which is best for me since I'm progressing and thinking long term)
The list in no particular order:
Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard 2010
- All Mountain - $299.98CAD
Sierra Team Snowboard 2010
- All Mountain - $249.50CAD
Sierra Crew Snowboard 2010
- All Mountain - $249.98CAD
Never Summer Circuit Snowboard 2011
- Freestyle - $499.99US?
Technine Men's Suerte Snowboard
- All Mountain - $249.95US?
Burton Deuce Snowboard
- All Mt. / Freestyle - ~$249.95US?
Salomon Ace Magnum Snowboard 2009-10
- All Mt. / Freestyle - $210.00US?
Atomic Hatchet 08/09 or 09/10 - Freestyle - ~>$200
Bindings: < $150CAD, ideally
M or M/L since I'm a 9-10US boot size.
High back, and if it's within budget, easy of entry feature. Oh, some cushioning and fulltray grip cover thing, comfy.
The list in the order I THINK is best for me?
Rome 390 Boss Snowboard Bindings 2011
- All Mountain – M/L or L/XL - $230.00CAD
Rome 390 Snowboard Bindings 2011
- All Mountain - M/L or L/XL - $210.00CAD
Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2011
- All Mt. / Freestyle - M/L - $199.00CAD
Burton Triad 2010
- All Mt. / Freestyle? - M - $197.97CAD
Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings 2010
- All Mountain - M - $114.98CAD
- Freeride - M - $83.99CAD
Burton Mission Snowboard Bindings 2010
- All Mountain – M -$94.98CAD
Boots: < $140CAD, ideally
med flex again (if it exists)
9-10US boot size.
Not too picky so long as it's comfy and there's no heel lift, etc (but of course that's on me when I try).
Want one that's durable, comfy features, looks nice.
The list in no particular order:
Burton Invader Snowboard Boot
– freestyle – soft flex - $129.95CAD?
Forum Destroyer Snowboard Boots 2008
– freestyle – med flex - $100.00
Burton Ion Snowboard Boots 2010
– all mountain? – stiff - $199.98CAD
Salomon Malamute Snowboard Boots 2010
– freeride – mid/stiff - $160.00CAD (may be a little too stiff for me)
and oh yea, I need a helmet. Just one that's reliable and is less than $100 HAHA if at all possible.
Btw the lists...take them with a grain of salt (always wanted to use that phrase but unsure if I used it correctly). These are just items I feel would be good for me but if anyone has suggestions (please do) for a replacement or w.e. that's cheaper or better, etc, please feel free to let me know! Like if there's a binding that's similar in quality and feature and hopefully look, to the Rome 390 2011 but is like half the price or something, that's good! lol
So I hope you guys/girls can help me out
In a kind of a bind. And I"m doing all this research because there's a snowboard show where I am next week and I want to have a list of the potentials so I can try and see if I can get similar or the same things at the show and if not, I always can get it online.
I hope this is enough to paint a picture of the set I want.
Thank you all in advance for your time and efforts!! Look forward to hearing from everyone.