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 (http://www.the-house.com/9857sitm10z...nowboards.html) 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
Last edited by hydralover; 01-08-2013 at 12:43 PM.
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
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.
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.
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.