So I tried snowboarding last season, got hooked and here I am
I've done quite a lot of reading but there are a lot of options out there and it's a tough to decide.
So here goes:
Who: I'm 5'7 / 150 lbs. Shoe size is 9 or 9.5, depending on the brand.
Where: North East. I live in NYC and have been going mostly to Hunter Mountain and Mount Snow. It does get icy, so a board that can handle that would be nice. I'd like to take a week off and go to Colorado or something like that but sadly that'll have to wait until next season
What: Cruising down with some good music does it for me. A little speed is also nice.
How Much: $400ish. I can go higher, that's not really an issue, but spending a lot of money on a high end board at my level doesn't really make sense.
Besides that, I don't really have a preference for the manufacturer or looks. I also don't have a problem buying a board from a season or 2 ago as long as it's new.
As for the board length, everyone seems to have slightly different sizing charts but most recommend something in the mid to low 150s. Maybe 153? 155?
Here are a few boards I was looking at:
*GNU Carbon Credit
Pretty flexible and good reviews, it seems like a pretty good choice
Pretty cheap and very flexible. Everyone seems to agree that it's a great one to start but that you also outgrow it too fast. I have mixed feelings about that one.
Other suggestions welcome.
I've also noticed those forums seem to be a little (that's a major understatement) anti Burton / pro NS. I've read nothing but good things about NS boards but they don't seem to have much in the entry level department. The circuit seems pretty nice though. Is it something I should consider?