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chiggah 07-19-2011 03:04 PM

New board + binding + boot setup for beginner
Hi guys

I just started and I would say I am an improving beginner for all-mountain terrain. Still learning the S-turns tho but I got my heel down for the falling leaf. Now working on my toe side. I don't do any tricks or whatever yet.

1st day - went up to a man-made indoor slope/park
2nd day - went up to the mountains (lower)
3rd day - went up to upper mountains

This was all using my friends gear but i think his board length is too long (162cm). Now I am looking to get my own gear - I prefer second hand gear as they are much cheaper and I don't have to invest in $1000+ on starting gear. However, my budget can stretch up to $500 depending on model & condition.

I am 180cm tall, 75kg weight and about US 9 feet, wont be growing anymore. Would I be a 156cm-158cm board length non wide..?

I've been reading up a bit and looking at lib tech banana boards, never summer, burton custom, ride, flux, raiden, Rome, flow bindings, nike kaiju, salomon F22 boots etc but not sure which direction to go..? Before I buy anything, I do thorough research and readings before jumping into it - it's my habit. I just want to make sure the board is suitable for my skill level and mountain condition.

If someone can point me to the right direction on what I should be really looking at, that'd be great. I am open to suggestions as well. Any advice about board/boot/binding model/type will be super!

New Zealand

helbnd 07-19-2011 03:16 PM

I wont comment on board sizing, cause there are plenty of people on here who know more about that than me but if youre in NZ check out the sale on torpedo7 at the moment. I just picked up the 2012 fun kink for a sweet $500. All snow gear is pretty nicely reduced, especially last seasons stuff

chiggah 07-19-2011 03:19 PM

Yeah, I was looking at that site - initially didn't want brand new coz it's gonna cost too expensive.. but I was interested in this.. thoughts..?

BURTON Dominant Channel Snowboard 2010 - Torpedo7

schmitty34 07-19-2011 04:28 PM

156-158 is probably about right for you.

If you are looking to buy used, the easiest way to get feedback on here would be to post some options you've found that work for your size and budget and then get thoughts based on what you are looking for.

It's hard to give you advice right now because we have no idea what boards are available for you. Affordable and available in NZ could be pretty restrictive.

chiggah 07-19-2011 04:44 PM

Currently using friend's dynastar board and nitro boots. Unsure which model tho. Will let you guys know when I get home later

With regards to used, I am ok with second hand gear from Overseas. Willing to pay the shipping costs

helbnd 07-19-2011 05:14 PM

also, surprisingly if you get the right person the store at snowplanet can cut some pretty sweet deals

threej21 07-19-2011 05:33 PM

damn, too bad your a size 9 boot...ive got a 2010 Ride Machete 157 W with Ride NRC bindings for pretty cheap

chiggah 07-19-2011 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by threej21 (Post 407999)
damn, too bad your a size 9 boot...ive got a 2010 Ride Machete 157 W with Ride NRC bindings for pretty cheap

What's your boot size? My footprint measures 10.5" (about 26cm) from toe to heel.

threej21 07-19-2011 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by chiggah (Post 408000)
What's your boot size? My footprint measures 10.5" (about 26cm) from toe to heel.

I wear a 12, but from my understanding, any boot smaller than 11 should ride a normal width board, maybe someone with more expertise will chime in

threej21 07-19-2011 06:39 PM

after a quick search, i did find that my machete has a waist width of 26.1 cm, so maybe it would be fine...but again, im no expert...maybe ask snowolf what his thoughts are

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