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Old 11-03-2011, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys - I know alot of people post and give no ideas of what few boards they are choosing from, and I'll be another! I have a Morrow Wildflower 144 that's been great as a beginner board, but I want something that I can still do a little in the parks and do backcountry. So, I'm ready to step up with a board and give this one to my niece who by next season will be able to fit the board and is going to be learning this season. Anyway - I have NO idea what I'm wanting or if I should get new boots too (I have Morrow boots too). There is so much out there.

Height: 5'2"
Weight: 145
Boot size: 8
Riding style: mostly freeride, all-mountain - would like to work on park skills but not my priority for riding
Age: 26 - not getting any taller and hopefully a little skinnier
Budget: When I'm ready, probably up to $400/$500 for all gear
Your location of riding: Alaska, backcountry, West lower 48 (UT, CO)
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Arbor Flight Snowboard - Women's - 2010/2011 at REI.com i posted this in another thread too, just seems like a pretty good board for the price. i looked at it for my wife but she went with the flow jewel.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also wonder if the 141 is good for me and the benefits of a longer/shorter board.
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Alaska/Backcountry/Utah/Colorado?

Here are some boards that will chew them up and spit 'em out

Never Summer Industries.

Premier F1 - $509

Legacy - $509

Heritage - $549

Ride Snowboards.

Slackcountry UL - $699

Highlife UL - $549

Berzerker -$489

Machete -$439

Lib Technologies.

La Niņa MC C1BTX - $569

T.Rice Pro Model C2 BTX -$539

Attack Banana Ec2 - $579

TRS C2 BTX / Skunk Ape C2 BTX - $539/$559

Burton Snowboards.

Barracuda -$499

Arbor.

Element RX - $549

Coda - $499

Capita.

Charlie Slasher FK - $399

K2.

Gyrator - $549



EDIT: Ah, shit...... are you a chick?

You need to not rush into anything. Just spend a month or so reading these forums and you will have more knowledge that you know. You will learn a lot just lurking around. Also you need to try an demo some boards before you buy. Sorry I read you post too fast and posted prematurely

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Old 11-03-2011, 04:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Last time I checked, I am a chick.

Where the heck can I demo boards? That is new to me. I have the board I have because I got the WHOLE setup for under $200 at Play It Again sports back home and the board had good reviews as a beginner board and renting back home is ridiculously costly so financially it made more sense. I wont buy for some time ... but just didnt know where to even start.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do the boots fit you and give you no problems? Keep them for another season at least. That way you can save on the board and shoes.

At those prices you're looking at 2011 stuff. 140 and maybe lighter you say? The 141 is definitely too small imo. Id say 145+ here.

That arbor flight linked above is a screaming deal. It's a modified arbor cadence according to Arbor. Just slightly stiffer than the Cadence but only just a little. I'd jump on that 147 if I were you. You won't find a better board for cheaper.Go read Cadence reviews to see if it's right for you.

That way you have money for maybe even boots and bindings. But if the boots you have now don't hurt your feet and are snug, keep them.

If you are looking for more freeride no park then there are better boards

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Arbor Flight Snowboard - Women's - 2011/2012 at REI.com this years flight is more freeride. cheaper swoon, not sure why its cheaper, it says it has a sintered base and has the same discription as the swoon.
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What state is "home" for you to snowboard?
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It sounds like you should probably upgrade everything, but $400-500 isn't much for all that. If you want to explore more options, check out shayboarder.com. She reviews tons of boards every year and the reviews are very accurate and detailed.

Some boards you may like are:
Burton Feelgood
Never Summer Infinity
Roxy Eminence
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. This will help me get started in my research.
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