How to Choose?
I haven't posted here since last year! But I recently thought about snowboarding again and now I can't get it out of my head. I'm a 14 y/o girl so to my knowledge I've stopped growing for the most part and so I will probably be getting my first board his year!!!! No more painful, stinky, and uncomfortable rental boots for me :cool: Awww yeahhh... So anyways, I'm going to a somewhat local shop where they sell used and new snowboards and equipment and stuff like that (now I'll get to the point). Even though we heard that they will help fitting the stuff and selecting, what should I keep in mind about quality and not getting ripped off? What equipment should I get new and which should I get used or does it not matter? What board accessories do I need (like a lock and the stomp pad etc. do i need it?)??? THANKS!!!!
I think boots are probably the most important thing to buy new if anything. I'm sure used boots can do the trick, but most boot liners form to the shape of your foot the first few times you wear them, and chances are most used boots will have already been broken in to fit someone else. Buying new boots allow the liners to adjust to your foot specifically, giving you a more comfortable and supportive fit.
Get your boots new, and make sure they fit right. Brands and pricing don't really matter, you just want something that fits your foot properly and (for your purposes) has a mid-flex rating. If you go to a dedicated board shop they should be able to get you properly fitted with boots.
If you go to one of those "Big Box" outdoor retailer places, chances are they won't know what the F%ck they are doing and will just try to sell you the most expensive boots. Beware.
Board and bindings don't really matter as much (especially for a beginner) and can be bought used. Depending on how committed you think you are to the sport, you can go the cheap route and get something bottom end which will work fine but get replaced eventually, or pick up something more expensive that will last you. If you don't get the opportunity to go very often, I'd say stick with option A.
Last thing to take note of are board profiles. Nowadays there are a bunch of different camber profiles with all kinds of jargon being spit out which mostly just confuses the hell out of newer riders. Traditional camber has been around forever and is tried and true - but it is less forgiving to learn on than newer "hybrid" and "reverse" camber profiles. If you find you catch your edges a lot and slam, the non-traditional profiles typically will reduce this occurrence.
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