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Old 10-23-2011, 02:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, i'm kind of new to the sport and i would like to purchase my own gear. im tired of renting and wasting a bunch of time with that crap. now, i've done some research, but im wondering what a good package, or pieces of gear i should get are (which are a board, boots, and bindings). keep in mind im about 6'2" and shoe size 12. i know i should try boots on before buying them but i simply cant. anyway, i would like to keep it all under 700 because im on a budget. thanks.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How much do you weigh? That's gonna be more important than your height.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How much do you weigh? That's gonna be more important than your height.
somewhere between 195 and 200
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have zero shops near you for trying on boots? I'm sure you know from using rental boots that if they don't fit damn near perfect, it's gonna mean sore feet later. If you have to get them online find a site that has a real good return policy. I've done a few purchases through backcountry.com which looks to have a good one, although I've never actually had to return anything from them.
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Do you have zero shops near you for trying on boots? I'm sure you know from using rental boots that if they don't fit damn near perfect, it's gonna mean sore feet later. If you have to get them online find a site that has a real good return policy. I've done a few purchases through backcountry.com which looks to have a good one, although I've never actually had to return anything from them.
if i cant get a good package deal and i have to buy individual pieces then i might have to make a trip to dicks or try somewhere else. all boots fit in every binding as long as the binding is big enough right? also what do suggest for boards and bindings?
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Bindings also come in sizes, but it's rather forgiving. Each company has their own sizing chart for bindings though generally large will be for boots 9+... Speaking of which I noticed you gave your shoe size.

The thing about boots is they have to fit snug. If there's extra space in the toes you're gonna end up curling them when laying onto your toe-edge and getting sore real fast. So although boot sizes are the same as shoe sizes, generally most people will size down by 0.5 or even a full size since most of us leave some room for our toes to wiggle in our walking shoes. Of course you also don't want your toes cramped either for obvious reasons.

As for specific boards/bindings to look at... I really can't help you. When I bought my entry setup I bought nothing but clearance rack items of which most were already lower tier equipment from their respective companies; Ride Control board and Burton Mission bindings(I have to admit I like Burton ratchets). They were still better than the rental crap I had to use though.

My general advice is to look for a regular cambered board that's a bit on the shorter side of your ideal board length as you're starting out. Maybe someone else can point you at something a bit more specific.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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just fyi, i am almost your exact size, 6 foot 200ish lbs with sz 12 and i get my boards in 156-158 wide


speaking of which, i have a 2010 Ride Machete in excellent condition with XL Ride NrC bindings that ive been looking to get rid of...

$275 SHIPPED to continental US


http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...ete-157-w.html
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Have a read through here > http://www.snowboardingforum.com/wel...nt-guides.html

I know its easier sitting at home shopping for gear with a mouse but it can lead to problems, especially with boots. Read through the equipment guide. There is a bunch of stuff here without having to wait for people to reply to your post!
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