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Old 01-06-2012, 07:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Top of the line equipment 8-10 years ago...

I am in the process of upgrading my ride after maybe six or seven years of only going occasionally. I got some Rome Targas to replace my Salomon S-Pros (these were top of the line Salomon-provided bindings just 10-12 years ago).

I am still workging to upgrade my board (a Rossignol-provided Premier 159 from also 12 years ago that was $600+ then) but I swapped the bindings out last night.

The most interesting thing when I pulled them apart?

The board was made in Spain and the bindings were made in Italy (both were hidden from view with the bindings installed. Replacing the Italian-built bindings with "top of the line" Chinese-built ones was a little depressing.

At least I am holding out for an American-built board. Although...I love the Premier. I was getting sentimental about it. Maybe I should look to Rossignol again (although I only got Rossi the first time because it was free)? They aren't built in the US though. I doubt they're even built in Europe anymore.

Things change a lot in ten years. As a 30 year old, this may be the first time in my life I felt like I was getting old.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Rossignol snowboards are still made in Spain I believe. But even the most intuitive investigator can be mistaken from time to time. We are the same age. I know what you mean about getting old. My wife is pregnant, I have grey hair. This sucks.. I wish all I had to worry about is where my snowboard came from!
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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First kid? I have two little ones. It is hard work at times but I love it.

My son just turned 4. He got a full board package for Christmas.

He puts his boots on (he needs help with that) and straps in by himself and slides around the great room like he's been doing it for years. Everyone I know says we should teach him to ski first...but I don't ski (and never have) so why would I teach him something I don't do myself? I'm sure as hell not sticking him in ski school just so I can run off by myself...
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm in the process of replacing my "top of the line" gear from 8 years ago as well. I have a 2 year old and between work relocation and my child I have been unable to ride for the last 4 years, but I finally have the opportunity to get started back up again.

I can't wait to get my son on a board, but I don't think he's ready for it yet!
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