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Old 11-06-2011, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I went to a local sportsstore to buy snowboard boots and bindings.
I succeeded and bought a pair of shoes and bindings.

The reseller heard that I have bought a board online a started to laugh. I have bought the Flow Infinite 162 cm. He said it would be hard for me to ride it.
He suggested to buy the flow merc.

I have one year experience, drive only groomed runs. Not a natural talent but come down the slopes.

What should I do, sent the ordered board back to the US and order a Merc? Or keep the board?

Excuse me for my bad English it's not my native language

Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did he say why it would be hard for you to ride? Remember that he's motivated to sell you an alternative, so you need to be suspicious of his statements. Especially if he's not backing them up with specifics.

So, is it too long? Is it for the wrong type of riding? Is it to advanced a board for you? What's the deal?
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Snowboards are snowboards and as long as you arent getting a freeride machine you'll be fine starting on whatever. How much do you weigh?
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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whats your Weight? Boot size?
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My weight: 188 lbs - 85 kg.
Boot size 10.

He say it's an advanced board and it only turns at higher speeds.
As I'm a beginner my speed wouldn't be high enough to turn easily.
In the shop there was a set with flow flite 2 bindings and a Merc board.
There was also a set with a K2 Raygun and strap bindings. But I didn't like strap bindings.

I've bought a pair of flow five bindings. And flow ANSR boots.

He said the first week I would curse myself. The 2nd week it would be going better and after 5 weeks/years i would ride it comfortable. I would go once a year or twice a year to the slopes.
But I go this year on wintersport and wouldn't have a horrible vacation because my board don't suit for me.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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have you never ridden before or is it your 5th time out? I own the board and like it alot. It might be a touch on the stiff side for a first timer but if you have been out a few times before you will probably be fine and you won't need to upgrade when you get better. The board is poppy, carves very well, and is damp.
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I've teach myself the snowboard basics in an indoor hall because we haven't mountains in the netherlands.
After a couple of afternoons practicing (5 or 6 times) I went on a ski trip for seven days. I borrowed a board and boots from my cousin.

So I have one week real field experience
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i think you will probably be fine. you could get the merc if you like and it would probably work if you wanted but i think you will be fine.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Oké If you guys don't think my vacation would be a pain in the ass (literally and figuratively) I think I will keep the board.
Thanks a lot!
If there are other people who can help me, please do!
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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my only thoughts are that, at 188 lbs, a 162 is pretty big. that might be the only reason it would be hard to turn and manuever. For comparison, i weigh 210 lbs and ride a 156 board
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