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
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
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.
It seems like you are all pulling these from one site, too. If I were you I would check out eBay, departmentofgoods.com, djsboardshop.com, or snsboards.com. That is just a few that are out there that helped me narrow down what I wanted.