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Old 02-18-2008, 11:33 AM   #21 (permalink)
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i bought a board after my first time out.. i picked up a crappy board for 100 buks just to learn on. and my second season got myself a new board, still not end = burton blunt 08.. im not meaning to be an ass but stop being a bit*h and let him do what he wants. its not your money and if messes up the board ( which i doubt he will) then thats his problem.
also i should add that using rentals kind of screws you up, i see one of my buddies having trouble with rentals, its never the same board, boots, bindings. it is good to learn on something that you will be using constantly so you can understand how YOUR own board works

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Old 02-18-2008, 12:11 PM   #22 (permalink)
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What gets me is my bar tab at the end of a day. But I probably mix in more "breaks" than most.
We always carry pints or flasks in our jackets for those long ski lifts. Nothing like peppermint schnapps or jager to warm you up
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:25 PM   #23 (permalink)
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We always carry pints or flasks in our jackets for those long ski lifts. Nothing like peppermint schnapps or jager to warm you up
Haha, you'd have fun riding with us, we carry mixed vodka everywhere we go.
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:51 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Haha, you'd have fun riding with us, we carry mixed vodka everywhere we go.
The only way to ride IMO haha. We went out one day and I over did it a little and I got wasted, it was the worst experience ever. I was so sore from falling on my ass the entire time because I was just trying the dumbest stuff and I still wasnt very experienced.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:52 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I also bought a full setup (GNU Riders Choice, Salomon Boots, Ride bindings) after my first time out. I don't think it is a bad idea by any stretch of the imagination, and perhaps he is just excited to progress quicker. As well as not having the hassle of renting equipment every time. At least these things held true for myself.
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:12 AM   #26 (permalink)
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i too brought a setup without ever trying snowboarding (previously a skier), and spend a total of $400 on equipment (new boots, used board and bindings) ... about $150 on safety stuff (helmet, impact shorts, knee pads etc.) ... and already had outerwear from previous years (always preferred baggy clothes on the mountain).

after my 1st day on the hills, i learn to appreciate my own equipment. no rental line ups (for all of you), smelly boots, and other issues with rentals in general. it is sooo much better to be able to learn with your equipment (some kind of continuity) and of course being able learn with a whole bunch of friends is just a bonus. i agree with some of the other posts, as long as your friend has the funds for it and you have already given him your two cents on the issue. then let it go!

just jump on to the lifts together, take a drink from the flask (if you like), and enjoy! there is no better time to be with friends then on the slopes!
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #27 (permalink)
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i spent almost $800 on a board, boots, bindings, and pants before ever going boarding, and it was some of the best money i've ever spent. my brother moved to south lake tahoe and i wanted to force myself to learn so that i can go visit him. he's been riding for a couple years and i can't wait to show him how much nicer my stuff is. o and, how would a new rider go about fucking up a board very fast?
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:52 PM   #28 (permalink)
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$800? Damn...I thought I spent a bit at $335...but I had at least gone once and was a skiier prior
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:24 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I had all the soft gear I needed already (skiier in previous years), but I spent $550 on my setup after my first 3 times riding & renting... last year it made sense, but I think with all the money I've spent on another setup and a ton of softgoods, I probably couldda rented about 20 times and still been under budget...lol.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:32 PM   #30 (permalink)
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i waited 6 seasons to buy my first set up, only becuase those first years I only went 4 days a year due to traveling. but then last year I got 4+ trips in to colorado, so I bought my own set up (GNU RC, Rome Targas, 32's) and I freaking loved it. Why didn't I do it sooner. There were some trips were the rental gear was so crappy, super wet noodle one year, another year it was 10cm too long for me and uber stiff. It's great owning your own gear.

But if he goes out and buys the totally wrong setup and get's taken by a local shop, that's his mistake, oh well. My 32's were way to big, I got F22 this year and problem solved. It's a learning process, i dont' regret money lost on the 32's.
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