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Old 11-27-2012, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I'm looking at buying a new snowboard! I snowboarded a bit during my child years but I stopped for a reason I can't remember. I want to start snowboarding again, although I am no pro. I was looking at the Burton Clash although I plan on snowboarding a lot this winter so I have a feeling it would feel like a little bit too much of a beginner board after some time. I was looking at the Burton Custom Flying V snowboard, is this a good choice for me or should I look at a different one?

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Hey, I'm looking at buying a new snowboard! I snowboarded a bit during my child years but I stopped for a reason I can't remember. I want to start snowboarding again, although I am no pro. I was looking at the Burton Clash although I plan on snowboarding a lot this winter so I have a feeling it would feel like a little bit too much of a beginner board after some time. I was looking at the Burton Custom Flying V snowboard, is this a good choice for me or should I look at a different one?

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It really doesn't matter too much at the beginner stages. It would be a good idea IMHO for you to buy a cheap used board of ANY RANDOM KIND as long as its got a basically normal shape to it in the right size. Then after a season of linking turns on it you will have 2 very important conclusions to move forward with:

1. maybe you will quickly be reminded why you quit in the first place, and be happy that you didn't go buy that $1300 adamantium prototype board.

2. you will have some basis for choosing a good board for yourself, and very likely have alot more knowledge on current gear in general.

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Agree with above, but if you can find a cheap board (say a 2011/12 model) that's half decent go for it! But no, focus more on your boots and bindings.
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Go to a snowboard show that has lots of inventory, try on a bunch of different boots in the middle stiffness, not real stiff, not real soft, wear the ones that fit best around the store for awhile while you look at other stuff and see if they stay comfy. If nothing fits well go to another store and try again.


Once you have the most important part down - the boots! - something like a burton flying V would be a great allround board that would last you a long time. If budget's an issue then go used or last year's version, get some middle of the road bindings to go with it - if you buy used often boards and bindings are sold together.

I started with a fancy board and crappy used boots and what I learned from that I applied to my wife and 2 kids, I got them both new boots and used boards/bindings to start, the board doesn't matter that much.
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Pretty much agree with what everyone else said, the boots are obviously the most important part of your setup and you should spend the most time shopping around for those as you can. Id recommend getting some BOA boots if you can as they are way easier to suit up with IMO and you can easily change how tight you want them to be. As for the board definitely try to find a good deal on last years model if possible but id suggest any board with a mid flex rating really as itll give you enough stiffness to shred the mountain but at the same time be more forgiving as your trying to learn.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone! I think I am going to buy the Burton Custom Flying V board! I am not too concerned as per the budget for my board although I'm wondering if any bindings and boots will work or if I have to check a compatibility list or something! I will be shopping around tomorrow for some boots and bindings! I couldn't be any more excited to get going on the mountain! What would be a good size of board for me, I weigh in at 163lbs and roughly 5' 10.5". I have no extra visible body fat as well. Not sure if all that matters but when I was reading a few sizing charts I seen waist width, etc. Thanks again for all the help everyone! As for the reason I quit was mostly because of how often I got to go boarding since I couldn't drive at the time.

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Hey, I'm looking at buying a new snowboard! I snowboarded a bit during my child years but I stopped for a reason I can't remember. I want to start snowboarding again, although I am no pro. I was looking at the Burton Clash although I plan on snowboarding a lot this winter so I have a feeling it would feel like a little bit too much of a beginner board after some time. I was looking at the Burton Custom Flying V snowboard, is this a good choice for me or should I look at a different one?

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Check out gear trade . com If you buy something from backcountry most of the stuff is in good condition.
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Thanks! I'll have to take a look! Anyone have suggestions as per what brand and model of boots I should look into?!
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Thanks! I'll have to take a look! Anyone have suggestions as per what brand and model of boots I should look into?!
thats a hard thing to suggest because everyone has different feet. i like salomon and k2 bc i have wider feet. as others have suggested, head to your local ski/board shop and tell them youre looking for a mid-stiffness boot for whatever price, and then start trying them on (btw new boots will feel very snug in the shop. this is ok)

boot fitting is a personal thing and preferences are different for everyone.

BOA vs classic - id suggest BOA; theyre quicker and easier than strings, and they can provide a pretty solid fit. classic is cheaper and more reliable, but if youre doing resort riding a broken BOA cable is an easy fix. BOA products are guaranteed for life and most shops can/will replace broken cables for free.
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