Which of these boards would you recommend?
Iíve just recently begun snowboarding, and Iíve taken a few weekend trips each of the past two years. Iíve got the basics down okay, but Iím obviously still learning every time I go out.
And now, instead of renting, Iíd like to buy a snowboard thatís 1) manageable for me while Iím learning and 2) advanced enough that I wonít necessarily need to get a new board a year from now.
To sum up my search:
Budget: $200-$250 (tight, yes)
Style: Freeride (almost exclusively)
Iíve poked around a bunch (including this forum), and it seems that the following boards from (mostly) reputable brands could fit my budget:
1) Flow Infinite (great deal for $199 at evo right now)
2) Entry level K2 board (i.e. K2 Brigade, K2 Viper, etc.)
3) Entry level Burton board (i.e. Restricted Ration, Process, etc.)
4) Salomon Ace, Pulse or the like
5) Rossignol Sultan, Imperial, Contrast, etc.
Which do you think is best value provided my needs? Any others I should check out? Right now I'm partial to the Flow Infinite because it seems like a legitimately great deal.
Iíd also love to hear your thoughts regarding board length. Here are my specs:
Since beginning to snowboard Iíve figured my ideal freeride length is 157-159, but definitely let me know if you think otherwise.
I appreciate the help!