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Old 01-26-2012, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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female Need some input on these beginner boards

Hi all,

I would very much appreciate it if you guys can help me choose my first board. I'm very much a beginner, gone snowboarding for 5 times this season and can pretty much go down in the green area, alright. I've been renting during those times and I figured I could've bought my own gear with what I paid for the rentals. I'm not very particular with the brands, since this is going to my first board, I'll probably save it and get a better board once I become very very good at it.

So far, these are the boards that I'm looking at (since they're really cheap at the moment):

SIMS Pristine 2011/2012 (currently $129 at Sportchek, reg price is $250)

  • Performance EZ Rocker Flat
  • Performance Super Lite Full Wood Core
  • ABS Screened Sidewalls
  • Biaxial top and base glass, Wet laminated Sandwich, Dampening Rubber Foil
  • Inserts - 4 x 4 alu 16 total
  • Top Sheet – Digital sublimated
  • Top Super Glossy UV Lacquer, Gold Matt Overprint
  • Shape - WOmen's Directional FreeStyle Twin
  • Base - IS 4400, Die Cut Flip FLOP CNC Milled extruded clear, Belt SPeed Finish

Sims :: Home

SIMS Star 2011/2012 ($159 at Sportmart, not sure how much the reg price is)

  • Sidewall Full Wood Core (Women Sidecut)
  • Ladies FS Direction Freestyle
  • Full Wood Core
  • ABS Sidewall Printed
  • Performance Lightweight poplar, Biaxial top and base glass, Wet laminated Sandwich, Dampening Rubber Foil
  • Inserts - 4 x 4 alu 16 total
  • Top Sheet: SBF:
  • Digital sublimated

Sims :: Home

MORROW Seneca 2011/2012 ($119 at Sportmart)

Morr-Rock™ Rocker profile for ease in landing tricks
  • Directional shape for progressive all-mountain performance
  • 360° Structural cap provides strength and responsiveness
  • 360° Edge protection, the strongest edge around
  • Full-length Performance Core™ for a smooth, responsive ride
  • 1000-Grade extruded die-cut base goes fast and tunes faster
  • Narrower waist for better female fit and performance
  • Mirror finish UV Protect coating

Seneca Snowboard | Snowboards | Morrow Snowboards 2011/2012

FIREFLY Fancy and FIREFLY Divane (as per Sportchek definition, they're pretty much the same, $119-$129)

  • Super lightweight tip to tail poplar core
  • Biaxial top glass
  • Biaxial base glass
  • Construction: ABS Printed Sidewall
  • Base: Dye Cut IS 1320 extruded
  • Q Camber Flat Rocker Technology
  • Shape: Freestyle

Firefly Divane Snowboard Womens 2011/12 -

And since I'm already posting a topic (hope it's okay to post it here ), can I also have some input about this Sims bindings?

SIMS Essence
  • NEW: 2 Piece Performance Binding Chromed Composite Buckles
  • Ankle Strap: Leather snake skin with embroidered logo
  • Buckles: Poly Carbon Chromed
  • Ankle Strap: TPU Preformed / 3D Textile
  • Toe Strap: TPU preformed / 3D Textile / Toe strap convertible
  • Chassis / Baseplate: 1 Piece symmetrical with adjustable toe ramp
  • High Back: Tool-less quick forward lean adjustment

Sims :: Home

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!

Last edited by eekaerf; 01-26-2012 at 08:47 PM. Reason: added more info
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't imagine anyone here recommending any of those boards. I think you should spend a little more and get a board you won't hate in a years time. Is that a little harsh?? Sorry... I'm too much of a gearhead to be helpful
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you know what size you're looking for? If not, and/or considering you're a beginner, it would be helpful if you included your weight, boot size, the conditions you ride, and whether or not you are still growing (kid vs adult). A budget or price range would help, too.

If you can hold off a couple months and budget is a concern, you might be able to find a deal on a great beginner board once the sales hit.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It seems like you are all pulling these from one site, too. If I were you I would check out eBay,,, or That is just a few that are out there that helped me narrow down what I wanted.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sportscheck is not the best place to buy board. especially of you are new. I am not sure what part of Canada you are orm but check out
I would try they are shop based out of Vancouver. Rossignol Womens Myth Snowboard-144 - The Boardroom or Ride Womens Rapture Snowboard-143 - The Boardroom with Advanced Search - The Boardroom or Ride Womens VXN Binding-Royal-M - The Boardroom would be a good choice. And it won't be much more than what you have to spent at sportscheck. Try to buy boots local though. They all fit different so you should always try them on.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Stay away from the Sporkchek stuff. They're not even worth the price they're offered at.

For beginners, I'd get something that's tapered if possible, or has raised edges (Bataleon TBT), or has a mellow reverse camber.
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