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Old 03-04-2012, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good beginner/intermediate setup for all-mountain and freestyle?

Hey all,

After renting for several years I'm finally getting ready to get my own board. I'm pretty comfortable now with all-mountain riding, but I've been making my way into the park a bit lately and trying some of the smaller rails and jumps and having a lot of fun with that.

Here is the setup I'm thinking of going with:

Gnu Carbon Credit 159w/162w
Burton Cartel, Forum Republic or Union Force/Flite bindings
Burton Grail/Ambush boots (size 12)

Any thoughts or suggestions? I'm 6'4/180lbs, so I was thinking either the 162 wide, but maybe I should go with the 159? I know it's kind of hard to find a single setup that works everywhere, but I want to at least try.

Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i would go 158 maybe
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if you liked to to free style stuff like rails, boxes butter go with 159W. If you like to ride agressive and fast get 162W. If you are on the east coast i would get 159W. Get more of a park/all mountain freestyle set up. If you get a freestyle set up now you can still use it later on as a park board after you get better (in spring or when the condition is bad). If you get a freeride set up, you are going to never use it again after you get better. Gap between cheaper and expensive freestyle board is much less than that of freeride setup. Once you get better at going fast, cheap board just doesnt cut it. But you can play with beginner set up in the park farily easily and most of them perform well.
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I found a few other boards that seem like they could also be a good fit:

1. Rome Postermania
2. Rome Reverb Rocker
3. Rossignol Agnus Amptek

Any suggestions for which one to go with?
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Make sure you keep in mind what you want to do later down the line while you still have this set-up. If its freestyle(not just park but butters and 180s on the trail) the 159 will be more playful and easier to learn and progress with. The cartel bindings are great bindings to learn with also good for freestyle down the line. Also check out Union contacts. As for the boots I would check out 32s(brand) or out of those the Ambush. GL and have fun.
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Capita indoor survival, never summer sl, or rossignol jibsaw would be your best bet
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