Well the title says it all, I went snowboarding last year, I took 8 indoor lessons (not on snow but on some sort of rolling sandpaper :P). I went to an indoor skidome twice and then hit the mountains for a week. I loved it, except for 2 things.
Renting a board costs way too much money and rental store guys in a hurry couldn't care less what they give you (or so it seems). That and I can never tell whether they give me good boards or cheap second hand bargains. The times I ate snow and ice are countless, so this year I decided to start reading up on snowboards and what is good for a beginner or not. I must say I ended up with loads of contradicting stuff, so that's what my post is about.
Weight: 77 kilo (172?)
Length: 1,86 meter
Boot size: 44,5 (11?)
Riding style: Learn smoother turning and just going down a slope, nothing spectaculair to start with
Age: 27 and not gaining weight.. I practically sport non-stop
Budget: not more than € 500,- (including bindings), preferably less by buying a less marketed still good brand, I hate paying for expensive marketing campaigns and sponsorships
Your location of riding: Alpes in Europe (France, Austria)
First main question is about the rocker (banana) technology. Some people say it's awesome for beginners because you're less likely to fall in turns. Others say that in order to really get the hang of snowboarding you should start by staying away from rocker and learn on camber, because that perfects your feeling and handling. I lean towards a rocker board because I have no intention to become a very good snowboarder and just want to have some fun, ice last year didn't make falling alot of fun and it was also hard to improve being scared shitless near the end after almost getting myself killed a couple of times :P
Second question is about flex, harder flex is more difficult turning, more stability at higher speeds? Softer flex is easier turning, less stability at higher speeds? What's good for a beginner like me, something inbetween I guess? I've been browsing some webshops and picked a board I like, but it doesn't really say anything about the flex directly.
This is the board
I currently have in mind. It's a german website, but below the German text is an English translation. Terrible English by the way, but understandable I guess.
So next to the two more general questions posted above I was wondering if anyone could give me:
1. General advice on whether a board like this would suit my somewhat low ambitions mentioned above.
2. Experience with the brand (Trans). This
seems to be their official website (boards section).
3. I read on this site that board length should not be determined by your own length, which is merely an easy tool for rental store staff. Weight is what you should look at, would a 155 board be a wise choice for me?
4. Any other usefull tips or stuff I missed that could help me make a decision. As I said Í have been reading on the internet and that's all, I have zero experience with boards except for the boards I rented, and I don't even know what type of boards those were.
If I didn't make my questions explicit enough or if you want more informatie do mention, I will clarify myself. Looking forward to some answers!