aight so i've been skiing for quite a while now, started in grade 5 and now into 1st year uni. but recently i've gone snowboarding at blue mountain (if you guys know where that is, collingwood, ontario, pretty much the biggest ski "hill" there is in ontario), and i'll have to say, i like it! yeah i still like skiing too, and mostly would board for half a day as a noob then ski the 2nd half and drag my friends down double blacks and glades.
but anyways. i've gone snowboarding twice, and by the end of the second day i was very comfortable going down blue runs and was itching to try single diamonds (except my friends didn't want to come along, and they've been boarding for 2 or 3 years too...). anyways, i'm looking into buying a board. I'm definitely gonna stick with it, it's really fun, very different than skiing (hurts alot more too when you fall)...
so i've been looking around for some cheap setups, i know cheap setups aren't good.. and what not. but i do have a budget i guess, and probably won't let myself spend more than 450 to 500 CAD on the whole setup. sportchek seems to have some pretty cheap gears, i was looking at the FireFly Furious they have on sale right now for $130, but i've been getting a lot of mixed reviews over the internet. some say just by the name "firefly" u know it's crap so stay out of it, others are saying that it's okay for a beginner board and it's a good bang for your buck. and overall it's just difficult to find reviews on firefly boards. 2 other boards on sale are the K2 anagram 10/11 model and the ride control 2010 model for $200 bucks. I've read that teh K2 anagram is a pretty solid lineup, and wasn't able to find much on the control.
only the firefly is on their website: Firefly Furious Snowboard 2010/11 - SportChek.ca
with boots i'm planning on going with these: Ride Anthem Boa Snowboard Boots 2010/11 - SportChek.ca
haven't tried them out yet, but obviously i'd have to find something that's comfortable, so if those aren't comfortable i won't get those...
bindings i have no clue. i was gonna go with basically the cheapest, except now after reading some reviews/recommendations, i found out that bindings are actually really important on a board, so in that department i'm totally opened to suggestions now...
i defintely plan on sticking with it. whether i'll try park or not i dont know. i don't on skis, but maybe i will on a board. i really like speed though. i think i'm a pretty fast learner? if i can go down blues at a comfortable pace by the end of the second day? but then again, i don't know how a noob/intermediate would really be classified i.e. here.
so yeah... out of those boards, taking into account my budget, my experiences (or lack thereof), which one would you guys suggest? boots? bindings? general advices?