Hey everyone I stumbled upon this forum after about 15 hours of board and gear research!
Feel free to skip the next two paragraph if you don't want the pre-story
My friends recently brought me snowboarding for a Christmas present on Monday (we ended up riding for 4 hours) and I'm COMPLETELY addicted now. I rented a board and boots from the mountain (We went to Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho) so it was probably a basic camber board, and I have no way of knowing for sure unless I go back up there because I didn't know anything about boarding at all then... I had managed to borrow some snowmobiling pants and coat from my father in law and since then I purchased some 10,000mm Aperture pants and Sessions Coat, and for this Wednesday I'm borrowing my friend's flat board, bindings and size 13 boots. His board is a bit short on me by 5cm, but it will do to get a bit more practice in.
As previously stated I'm a new rider, 4 hours of experience. First 20 minutes were me on the bunny hill with 2 friends, next 2 hours and 40 minutes were 3 runs of the green runs, then the last hour were 2 blue runs with some pretty steep grades and turns. I picked up the balance and heel side quickly and have no attempted toe side beyond realizing that if I try it when I should be heel siding I eat snow
I'll be practicing carving this Wednesday, but I am loving everything that has to do with boarding.
So I'm getting my own board, bindings and boots and have been researching as stated above for about 15 hours over the past 5 days.
I ordered some Burton Ambush boots (size 13) which are a bit too above my skill level, but most places recommend spending a bit more on the boots that you can grow into. They are light and have a speed lacing system, and I tried on a few pair of boots at Sports Outlet here in Spokane and at Zumiez and the Burtons fit the best, and were very comfortable. They also have a boot size reduction so I won't be as much at risk for the overhang.
As far as the board though, hence me posting on the board topic, I'm still a tiny bit up in the air about a traditional camber board or a reverse camber board. My girlfriend and one of my friends use a positive camber board, and one uses the flat one I'm borrowing, and they don't ride in the park much at all. I'll ride the same way and it is mostly powder where I live. I am worried if I get something like the Sapient Stash with bindings (Sapient 2012 Stash 164 cm Mens Rocker Snowboard + Sapient Stash Bindings | eBay
) that I won't be able to keep up speed wise with them. They use groomed runs a lot, and then do tree runs whenever possible. I also want to be able to carve effectively and plan on having this board for the remainder of the season (I'll buy another board when the season ends and the prices drop, preferably a different style) so I need to be able to grow into it a little.
My other choice is going to the Discount Sports shop here in Spokane, WA and get a LTD Ace traditional camber board like this one (LTD Ace Snowboard Reg Camber LTD Ace NEW Snowboard Regular Camber 148 cm Retail: $379.99 sku- 38453 Detail Page
) along with some full support bindings (Roughly $180 bindings) that are probably better if not a little heavier than those sapient ones for the $260 in a package.
I am 214lbs in my boarding gear (minus boots that aren't here yet)
Boot size 13
I will probably not do much freestyle/park riding but do like to pull tricks on the wake board and probably will on the snowboard on groomed runs.
I also understand that most of this is a matter of "Ride and realize how you really want to ride" but I'm on a low budget here and want to have gear I can "Learn in too" for the rest of the season so I would REALLY appreciate some experienced riders opinions :P I'm a quick learner, so if one board is much better to have after the learning curve I'd rather go with that because I'm not crashing on runs anymore, but I'm sure I'll crash when I am learning carving lol.
Thanks! Also thanks for this forum, it is an awesome compilation of information!