Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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Help required - Researching first board purchase.
Hi, I have 7 days experience on rentals and need some advice as I would love to buy my own board. I have filled the information in below as advised on the site.
Weight - 185lbs
Height - 5" 10
Boot size - US size 12 (just bought a pair of Forum League boots last week as they were the most comfortable I tried on in all the stores I visited)
Riding style - Only groomers so far but would like something that will allow me to try lots of different stuff. Park is a medium to long term goal, I reckon all mountain for now.
Age - 27
budget - I would be happy to pay up to $850 for board and bindings if they were they right ones for me which will help me have fun and progress. Likewise I would hate to invest $100 in something that was not right or beyond my skill level
Your location of riding - Sweden (not sure how this compares to other places as I am very new at this game!)
I rented a few boards last year but didnt even know enough to look at what size they were etc. So far this season I have rented a 166cm (much too big and clumsy), a 157cm (felt much easier to work with). Also borrowed my friend's 154cm Salomon board one day. It was fun and easy to work with but I felt it didnt feel very stable when I built up any speed (and my toes seemed a little too far over the edge).
One of my biggest concerns is my US size 12 feet and whether or not I need a wide board? I realise from reading lots on here and other places that there are very different opinions as to what size of feet means you require a wider board and also that some say the wider boards are harder to initiate turns on. I did the foot measuring test on here and my foot is 281mm. However lots of the boards I have been looking at are not available in the stores over here therefore I cannot go in and measure them at the inserts as suggested so I have had to use waist width as my general guide.
Some of the boards I have been looking at online are:
NeverSummer SL/Legacy (depending on width decision) 158/156cm (waist width of 253mm and 261mm respectively)
Lib Tech Skate Banana 156cm (seems slightly wider waist at 255mm and 265mm on the wide one)
Also looked at the Ride Machete and Burton Process. I'm open to opinions and suggestions on all boards as I have very little clue in this field.
Also, the stores here in Stockholm that I have been to seem to have limited selection in boards, all seems to be Burton, Ride and Head so some of these boards if I decide to purchase them may have to be done blind. Bit worried about that.
All help greatly appreciated.