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Hey everyone...I'm pretty new to snowboarding and I'm looking to buy my first board. I've gone a few times and I know I'm gonna spend most of my time in the terrain park. I'm a 5'7", 145 lb guy. I have a budget around $200. (i might be able to go a little higher.) I've been looking on craigslist and come up with some options. Do any of these look good for me? Any advice will be helpful.

Burton Dominant 151 with tech nine bindings(looks older)-$120
2010 Burton Blunt 156 & FLUX Bindings-$190
2009 Burton Dominant 144 with burton freestyle bindings-$175
2008 Burton Blunt 151 with ride lx bindings-$200
2009 Burton G-Twin 153 with rome bindings-$375(probably over my budget)
2005 Burton Dominant 154 with forum bindings-$210
2009 Burton Air 153 with Burton Freestyle Air Bindings-$300
2003 Burton bullet 154 with burton progression lowstack bindings-$130
2009 Burton Verdict 155 with burton bindings-$275
2009 K2 Darkstar with rome bindings-$275
(I know they're almost all Burton, but that's what I could find.)

Also, what kind of problems should I look for if I check out any of these?
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Hey everyone...I'm pretty new to snowboarding and I'm looking to buy my first board. I've gone a few times and I know I'm gonna spend most of my time in the terrain park. I'm a 5'7", 145 lb guy. I have a budget around $200. (i might be able to go a little higher.) I've been looking on craigslist and come up with some options. Do any of these look good for me? Any advice will be helpful.

Burton Dominant 151 with tech nine bindings(looks older)-$120
2010 Burton Blunt 156 & FLUX Bindings-$190
2009 Burton Dominant 144 with burton freestyle bindings-$175
2008 Burton Blunt 151 with ride lx bindings-$200
2009 Burton G-Twin 153 with rome bindings-$375(probably over my budget)
2005 Burton Dominant 154 with forum bindings-$210
2009 Burton Air 153 with Burton Freestyle Air Bindings-$300
2003 Burton bullet 154 with burton progression lowstack bindings-$130
2009 Burton Verdict 155 with burton bindings-$275
2009 K2 Darkstar with rome bindings-$275
(I know they're almost all Burton, but that's what I could find.)

Also, what kind of problems should I look for if I check out any of these?
Someone else can chime in about these boards. But what I would do? I would put out $20-40 more and get a 2011 new Flow verve or era.

152 - New Flow Verve 152 Rocker Freestyle Park Mens Snowboard 2011 + free Burton Lock | eBay

149 - New 2011 Flow Verve All Mountain Snowboard 149 cm | eBay

Era Flow 2011 Era 149 Snowboard *NEW* | eBay
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I don't know all the different burton models but I'd do a little research on those you have listed and look for something that is flexible and forgiving. You're pretty lightweight so I think the sizes you are checking out are about right. As far as problems, look for big gouges in the base, peeling top sheet or other delamination. Small chips and scratches in the top sheet are not usually a big deal as long as they are minor. Small repairs in the base are not necessarily a deal breaker as long as they are away from the metal edge and professionally done. If the board has some cosmetic damage but overall appears solid I would probably point out the flaws and try to get them to drop the price. As far as bindings, same deal basically. Look for any cracks in the frame and check the ratchets to make sure they hold and release as they should. Paint chips and scratches are not a big deal.

Oh, you might also want to bring boots to make sure they fit the bindings or at least inquire as to what size the bindings are or what size boot the person selling the board wears. @ 5'7" 145lb. I'm guessing you're going to want a small/med binding but I could be wrong, maybe you have duck feet.
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Hey everyone...I'm pretty new to snowboarding and I'm looking to buy my first board. I've gone a few times and I know I'm gonna spend most of my time in the terrain park. I'm a 5'7", 145 lb guy. I have a budget around $200. (i might be able to go a little higher.) I've been looking on craigslist and come up with some options. Do any of these look good for me? Any advice will be helpful.

2009 K2 Darkstar with rome bindings-$275

Also, what kind of problems should I look for if I check out any of these?
K2 Darkstar catches my eye... it should be less than 154 in length (since you are 145 lbs and want to ride park)... check out the base... look for scratches or discolorations(you need a high resolution image), on the topsheet look for any deep gouges/scratch (more than finger nail deep), around the sides of the board make sure the metal edge looks smooth and straight.

I'm expecting the ones he's selling to be Romes 390s which are a great binding for park.... but again, they sell for like $220 new... so should be like $100 or less used (heck I have a pair of 2009 Rome 390's M/L that I'm selling for $100 shipped - PM me if you are interested)

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the gtwin, I believe is a womens board isn't it?

either way I would agree with lonerider on this one, go for the darkstar, dont give him anything more then 250 for sure, they might be rome s90 bindings, if so, 225.
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Someone else can chime in about these boards. But what I would do? I would put out $20-40 more and get a 2011 new Flow verve or era.

152 - New Flow Verve 152 Rocker Freestyle Park Mens Snowboard 2011 + free Burton Lock | eBay

149 - New 2011 Flow Verve All Mountain Snowboard 149 cm | eBay

Era Flow 2011 Era 149 Snowboard *NEW* | eBay
Parkstar gets my vote as well.

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The darkstar is actually a 157 so...what's you're second choice?
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The darkstar is actually a 157 so...what's you're second choice?
Yea, that's too long. To be honest, I wouldn't recommend any of the Burton boards you listed there. Burton has more board models than Basken Robbies has flavors so it's hard to keep track of all of them. I wouldn't get and of the boards older than 2008 (that's already 5 years ago since this years is "2012")

I would suggest this if I HAD to pick, but I really think you should do more research, keep looking and more importantly look beyond Burton.

2008 Burton Blunt 151 with ride lx bindings-$200
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