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Old 03-25-2008, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First board (help me pick)

I'm 5'8", ~140-145 pounds, snowboarded about 10 times, plan to get about 4-8 days in a season going forward.

I only do resorts for now and more interested in riding runs and turning well and being in control at both slow and fast speed than doing tricks on a park.

What board would work well for me? I'm guessing I'm an all-mountain but don't want to limit myself with a directional board since I'm still new and end up goofy sometimes though mostly regular. Here were some recommendations from a store owner. Thoughts on which to get? Clash is cheapest but will I outgrow it too fast or not perform as well as others? I'm leaning towards the Air with maybe Clash or CHB in 2nd.

Burton Air - all-mountain, burton website says directional? is this a problem?
Burton Clash - burton website also says directional?
Burton Blunt - freestyle board - don't I want all-mountain?
Gnu CHB - freestyle
Gnu CHB w/ MTX (seems about the same)
GNU riders choice - freestyle
Salomon Ace - (can't find this one really in stores or online in 156)
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would go with the Gnu CHB MTX which is good for freestyle and park aswell but is a pretty wide board made so that your toes won't drag if you have big feet.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For 4-8 days in an entire season?
You end up goofy sometimes? Can you ride switch just as well as regular?
How are you handling blue and black runs right now?
What's your foot size?
What kind of deals are you getting on these boards?
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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directional is not a problem. you can still ride it fakie. I have a directional freestyle board.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just because you won't be doing tricks doesn't mean a freestyle board isn't right for you. From what I've heard freestyle boards are easier to learn on and if you're a resort goer only you won't need anything too stiff.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm size 9.5 feet and end up switch more b/c of my crappiness than anything else (when it gets really difficult, I feather down blacks out of comfort). I can handle blues ok but not blacks.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There are some great deals on burton AIR boards right now.
Pick up one of those i think you will be more then happy with it
and it should last you a long time.
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