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Old 04-18-2008, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The conversion is complete!! My gf finally caught the snowboarding bug this winter and we're looking to get her a full setup over the summer. I know there is a lot of setups that would all work for her so what I'm looking for is some general guidelines, i.e. brands to stay away from or ones that are a good deal for low-end equipment. We plan on spending more on the boots so that she stays comfy all day if that helps. I spent around $700 on my setup when I first started so we're thinking about the same for her.

She's 5'7", 130 lbs, size 8 feet. I highly doubt she'll ever go into the park or take jumps, so more of a carving board. We live on the East (ice) coast, all groomers with no powder. Length wise would we be looking for something around 151-154? Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$625 baseline
$222 ROME Vinyl Snowboard
$120 ROME Bastille Boot
$104 UNION BINDINGS Cadet Lady
$ 80 FORUM Spree Puffy Jacket
$ 80 FOURSQUARE Linda Pant
$ 32 DAKINE Catera Mitt
$ 75 ELECTRIC EG.5 Goggles
$ 22 COAL Argyle Beanie

So $625 would be your baseline, and you can go up from there with First Layer, Belts, and accessories.

Note: Depending on where you live, a good winter coat and gloves are priceless. An Investment in your comfort. So as they say in my house, If Mama ain't happy (cold) nobody's happy!
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Heres my take on a decent setup:
$160 - Capita Board Capita Saturnia Womens (I know its more of a park board, but you'd probably want her to start on something a little shorter/softer. That, and if its like the Stairmaster, it should still be a bit stiff.
or $200- Roxy Board Roxy Ally MTX White Second Womens - the MTX should definately help with the ice here.
$109 - Ride Binding Ride DVA Womens
$70+or so - Boots - try them in store and definately find soemthing comfortable

And for clothing and stuff..Coal beanies have been popping up on WM for $10 or so, or they're that price on Sierra. 10k Pants are usually on SteepandCheap for $50 or so, and take your pick on a nice jacket. Same thing with goggles, Spy Comets have been running for $30-40 or so, as well as Spy Zeds.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input, no worries on the outerwear as she already has everything as she took lessons at the start of the year. I'll give those suggestions a look see.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Not sure what brands to suggest, but I am 5'8 130lbs wear a size 8 shoe, and I ride very comfortably on a 148.
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Wait...so you were looking to spend $700 on just a board, boots and bindings?

At the end of the season...that'll buy you the top of the line gear Half of that is mroe than enough
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