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Old 02-16-2011, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for some info on my new/old board

Well, I know it's a 1993 Burton Air that's in GREAT shape, that I purchased for a GREAT price. And, I know that the asymmetric shape is somewhat of an outdated design, but I'm wondering a little about my board:



The bindings are Rome Shift bindings that I bought at the local snow/skate shop...The worker was really excited about seeing my board because it's apparently very similar to his first board.

Anyway, I was wondering what exactly the significance is of the metal nose and tail tips. Are they just there for wear protection?

And, I've got a question regarding the bindings as well (might be a better question in the bindings section, but here goes)...Should the back be more vertical or more tilted-forward to learn the basics? The shop guy didn't really say much about that; he just said that having the back more tilted is better for aggressive freeriding and parks and stuff, and that a vertical back is better for carving and powder. Right now they're jammed nearly vertical, but I really have no idea

Finally, I'm gonna picture-whore and gloat about my board some more :


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Old 02-16-2011, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about them but there was a prior thread here (try searching) about your board. Basically the gist of the thread is: If you paid more than $20 for it, you got ripped off

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...air-6-1-a.html
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Anyway, I was wondering what exactly the significance is of the metal nose and tail tips. Are they just there for wear protection?
Exactly. I had that exact same board (and stomp pad), back in '93. It was the first year of the Burton 3D pattern. Brings back some sweet memories!!! And it seems to be in pretty good shape. Just don't expect this board to perform like newer stuff. If you are good at riding that, you can ride just about anything!

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And I would actually REALLY like to try this board again, 18 years later...
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Thats Snowboarding history! The air was Burtons freestyleline in the early 90s. Craig Kelly made the Kelly Air and Terje made the Haakon Air from that board. Later on it evolved into the Custom, Burtons longest running boardseries.. Its the mother of freestyle snowboardig. Anything but worthless..

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I'd agree that if you paid more than $20, you got ripped off.

The stance looks fine to learn. Most people learn with front binding at ~15+ and rear at 3+ or 0. Make sure the stance width is comfortable for you as well. Provided you didn't spend too much, I'd say learning on a 20 year old board is just fine. When you're ready to make a $500-1000 commitment to the sport, you'll know more about what you're getting into.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, tough crowd! I did pay $50, so I guess I got "hosed," however I should note that you're not gonna find a cheaper board locally, even used (I looked)...And, the board had maybe a season of use; that puppy was in AMAZING condition, maybe 5 total sessions (and that's a generous estimate). Besides, it feels exponentially better than any rental board I've tried
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