Advice for Beginner on Board/Binding size and selection
I have gone snowboarding about 5 times now and can kind of carve now, but it's still not that smooth. I am expecting to go a lot more this season and hopefully will improve quickly
I've read about a lot of beginner boards that allow you to still grow into them and I think I'm going to go with the K2 Raygun. If I am 5'10" which size board should I go for? I think the applicable sizes that it comes in are: 159 or 161
Does it matter if I get the 2013/2012/or 2011 version? I'd like to minimize costs as much as possible
first of all, not your height but your weight is important to determine the right size for you. on the board manufacturers' homepages there are always size charts to find out the right size for you (go with the size chart on the manufacturers website, because some boards are ridden longer than others).
i have never ridden any k2 snowboard but the raygun does not seem like a beginner board. firstly it's quite expensive. secondly it's flat in the middle and rockered at the tip and tail and it has setback. this seems like a freeride board to me and not an all-mountain do-it-all-board. don't know if k2 has anything like magne traction, but you would perhaps like to go with a camber board for more edge hold.
it basically depends on where you are going to ride: parke, piste or pow?