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Old 02-28-2011, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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

*Burton Clash
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.

*Ride Agenda

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?

Thanks
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't buy a "beginner" board. I only sell those to kids with their parents who don't want to spend money on their child cause they'll outgrow it in a year.

Look at a Signal Omni, Arbor Coda, Flow Infinite I-Rock, K2 TurboDream, CAPiTA Green Machine FK, or a Nitro Rook.

All of those will be easy enough to learn on but plenty enough board once you've gotten better.

Anywhere from a 152-156.

The Omni and Infinite are probably the best "deals"
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Thanks for the advice, I'll take a look at those.
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I'm not the most experienced rider but I'll put in my 0.02.

Definitely agree with Nivek against not getting a board marketted for beginners you'll outgrow it if you're trying to progress quickly. And like you said there's not much point throwing down a wad of cash on something like an Amplid HiDef or Burton Vapor.

There's a lot of boards that are marketed as intermediate. Like Nivek said the Signal Omni would be an appropriate choice, you should be able to nab it for less than $350. Rossignol Angus has a similar profile and a similar < $350 tag.
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I'm currently riding a 2010 Signal Omni. It's a great board. I've used it for Groomers, powder, BC, and park. My only complaint wiht the Omni is that the topsheet is weak. It chips and cracks easily. But cosmetics aside, the board is great IMO.
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I'm currently riding a 2010 Signal Omni. It's a great board. I've used it for Groomers, powder, BC, and park. My only complaint wiht the Omni is that the topsheet is weak. It chips and cracks easily. But cosmetics aside, the board is great IMO.
The new ones have a "matte urethane 4160" topsheet. Should be more duable than "plastic" topsheets. That is if they are actually any different than a plastic topsheet. My Park with the same topsheet is doin pretty well so far.
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Nah, it has the matte urethane 4160 topsheet on it. It's just a weak topsheet. Could just be my board, who knows?
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Nah, it has the matte urethane 4160 topsheet on it. It's just a weak topsheet. Could just be my board, who knows?
That is odd. I thought this topsheet was new. Oh well.

Yeah I've got over 20 days on mine and am not nice to it. It was also a demo board purchase. Hmm. Ride it till it dies.
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