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Old 02-13-2008, 02:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here're the deets: 5'11, 185 lbs, size 12-13 feet (varies on the brand of boot). This is my FIRST season of riding, and I've so far been existing on rental equipment (package deal with lessons, can't complain). But now I see so many good deals available, and I'm hoping I can get some advice. So far, I'm still learning, and I think it's safe to say I'm leaning towards all-mountain for a free-riding board. I take it someone of my weight should be getting something in the 158-162 range, right?

Well, I'm now seeing great deals on the Ride Yukon 159, the Rome Flag 160, Endeavour Live 158W, the Burton Custom Wide 158, Arbor Roundhouse 163.

Does anyone out there have any opinions on these boards that could help me out? I want to learn with the board, but at the same time I don't mind falling on my ass repeatedly either with an advanced board as long as I can get better along the way (I hear the Ride Yukon is a pretty advanced board... but the price on it now is awesome!).

And does anyone know where to buy (Northwave) Venue boards? I hear great things about the Venue Onyx, but I can't find the 159W for sale ANYwhere. Opinions?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-13-2008, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All the boards you mentioned are great choices (although I know nothing about the Edeavor) and I think you are looking at the right sizes. You are right, the Yukon, Roundhouse, and Custom are fairly advanced so you may have to "re-learn" a bit as I am sure they are all way stiffer than the rental you are learning on. However, if you are okay with that, you may be happy with the more advanced board after you learn...just may take longer.

It is funny you mention the Onyx. I was looking for a wide board earlier this year and stumbled accross a 2007 Onyx at a shop here in Bellevue Wa. It was a great deal, but I didn't jump on it because I wasn't familiar with their boards. I wear northwave boots, but never hear anything about their board line.

Looks like you are from BC so if you don't mind driving to buy a board, you should look up SkiMart in Bellevue and give them a call, they may still have a few left.
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All the boards you mentioned are great choices (although I know nothing about the Edeavor) and I think you are looking at the right sizes. You are right, the Yukon, Roundhouse, and Custom are fairly advanced so you may have to "re-learn" a bit as I am sure they are all way stiffer than the rental you are learning on. However, if you are okay with that, you may be happy with the more advanced board after you learn...just may take longer.

It is funny you mention the Onyx. I was looking for a wide board earlier this year and stumbled accross a 2007 Onyx at a shop here in Bellevue Wa. It was a great deal, but I didn't jump on it because I wasn't familiar with their boards. I wear northwave boots, but never hear anything about their board line.

Looks like you are from BC so if you don't mind driving to buy a board, you should look up SkiMart in Bellevue and give them a call, they may still have a few left.
Thanks for the help! Yeah, I'm in Vancouver, and I currently commute down to the border at White Rock, so heading down to Bellingham wouldn't be that hard. I should call them up just to see if they have a few, but other than that... I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger. I've found great deals on the Ride Yukon and the Endeavor Live, as well as the Never Summer Legacy Wide. Must decide...
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