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Old 01-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Finally picking up a board

I'll keep it short and simple.

I'm 22, 5'7" 130lbs. Boot size 7.5-8 based on the rentals I've used. Live in SoCal, mostly freeride, but I like to hit jumps and the occasional box. I'm pretty comfortable carving and speeding down the slopes.

If I buy new, it would be a Sierra Team ( due to a relatively small budget (~400 for the whole setup). However, I'm sure used won't be a problem. Best deals I could find were a 159 GNU Altered Genetics and a 152 '08 Burton Custom X w/ Burton Cartels. The GNU is a little long, but I like what I've read about it. However, due to its length I still can't decide whether or not I should take the leap on it. My research also showed that the CX is super stiff, so I'm a little hesitant on picking that up as well as I'm not quite sure how I would like that.

Although I've read a multitude of threads regarding board length and stiffness, I still feel compelled to make my own thread about my personal problems

Your opinions?

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would look for a 152-156 if i were you, depending on your style of riding. a shorter board for tricks and a longer board for speed. a burton custom x is a good board, and burton cartels are great bindings!! a stiffer board will hold its edge at higher speeds and give you a more confident ride. Make sure the board you buy is 'regular' in its width size, as your feet will fit the best on it
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with blockay, find a board in the 152-156 range. That'll last you a long while since you are probably done growing taller, and will be long enough to provide for you if you start gaining weight. That's what I am doing. Picking up a board that is 153cm because I think it'll be great for years to come for me.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree, you don't want to buy a board that is on the verge of being too small. I have the burton cartels and they are awesome bindings. I would highly recommend them as I mostly free ride with the occasional rail here or there.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if you can, wait until next summer to buy. If you can hold off until, like, August you can get 2013 gear after the 2014 stuff is out and get a better deal. as long as you are a little bit flexible on what you want, close out time will save you lots of money if budget is an issue.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sound advice, but I'd like to buy a setup ASAP. Spent way too much on rentals the last 5 seasons...

I'm not too concerned with getting the latest and greatest either, I'm only considering discount/used models. If money weren't an issue I would get this in 149 with stealth top Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX Snowboard - Snowboard Shop > Snowboards > Men's Snowboards
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