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Old 01-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hello and great forum! I'm a longtime skier who has started boarding bowering a buddies board. I ended up buying boots size 10 but want to pick up a board. I'm 6 foot, 180 lbs wanted to ask if the newer board are really necessary at this stage or am I better off with say a Sims Absolute new off EBay for 150 bucks. Local shop is pushing a ride Antic or Burton Clash but wanted some opinions. Again great forum and thanks in advance
How old are you?

I bought the cheapest board I could find for my style (free-ride). It was a new Ride Control for $120 if I remember well. Invest in body protection.
I got crash pads shorts, helmet and protective gloves, you will fall, so why suffer? Pick your days wisely.. avoid hard pack and ice like pest, start later in the day. Riding is a bit like riding a bicycle...you need a little speed to keep your balance in a turn. Learn how to fall and roll and you won't get hurt.
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Pretty much have that down and linking turns fairly well. Going top to bottom with no falls then runs where I'm all over the place. Didn't know if it was easier to learn on a newer better designed board versus a bit older design.
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Welcome to the darkside... you will learn really fast why us snowboarders dislike skiers really fast.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I never disliked boarders but then again I could keep up!
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Coming from someone who did the same thing as you, wait untill you can get a flow merc on sale for about $180. Get a 156 too you don't need a 160
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Coming from someone who did the same thing as you, wait untill you can get a flow merc on sale for about $180. Get a 156 too you don't need a 160
Same here...Summer sales are good. Got all my gear 50-70% off
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Anyone have experience with the Salomom Pulse? At 200 brand new and seems a good beginner board?
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Welcome to the darkside... you will learn really fast why us snowboarders dislike skiers really fast.
What is this, the 1980's?
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Ordered the Flow Infinite today for 200.00 shipped
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:53 PM   #20 (permalink)
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If you live near a place to ride, it never hurts looking on craigslist. I picked up a $450 board for $170 this year.
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