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Old 03-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I learned to snowboard on my own on a trip to Whistler a few weeks ago. I was linking turns pretty easily by the time I left. I'm leaning towards getting my own board, already planning our return trip to Whistler next January and I know I'll go at least once a year somewhere. I've been wrestling with whether or not to buy one, sometimes I feel like I'm too old to take it up now. I mean it's fine to go on trips, but feel like maybe I should just stick to renting since I don't live anywhere close to mountains. So I'd like to ask you guys what I should get if I do decide to get one.
Weight: 185ish
Height: 6'4"
Boot size: 12
Riding style: I really like to just cruise with some moderate speed, maybe hit some small jumps occassionally but nothing serious.
Age: 32
budget: I'd like to not spend more than $800 for board, boots and bindings.
Your location of riding: Anywhere I plan a trip to. Definitely going back to Whistler next year, but that doesn't rule out Winterplace in West Virginia(closest place in driving distance) and if I'm not totally ruined by the complete awesomeness of Whistler perhaps Colorado in the next couple years.

I really don't want to get a board that limits me, even though I don't have any delusions about what I'll be doing. I honestly fell in love with snowboarding and will never step foot into skis again. There's nothing like it that I've ever done. Is it worth it to invest in something that's only going to be used 5-8 days a year? I'm just worried that always using a rental will not allow me to progress into a little bit of speed that I'm wanting.

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Old 03-01-2011, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Flow Infinite I-Rock with K2 Formulas and boots that fit your foot.

If you can afford it, for 5-8 days a year than do it.
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Cool, thanks for the quick reply. I was also looking at the Arbor Coda, is there a reason why you'd pick one over the other out of those two?
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I'm 33 in my second year and loving it. You're not too old. I go maybe 5-10 times a year. Decent mountain is 2.5-3 hours away. Once you're bit, you're bit.
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I'm guessing I can't use an Arbor Coda with a size 12 boot.
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You're probably alright with it because of the Griptech. The unblended sidecut makes the board a tad wider underfoot than a standard board.

The Coda is a good board, I only recommended the Flow over it cause of the price. You wanted a full setup under $800 and the Coda I think retails for around $500 leaving only $300 for boots and bindings.
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