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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-28-2007, 05:35 PM
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Advice on a board

Ok to start out with i am 6' 2" and 190 and have size 15 feet. I went snowboarding once last year at a place called Holiday Valley in Ellicotville, NY. I really enjoyed it. My friends started me on a Blue square one or whatever (i think they wanted to see me wipe out hardcore but i only fell 3x my first run down ever). I didnt even fall getting off the lift for the first time. We spent most of the day going down a park/hill thing called fiddlers elbow. By the end of the night we were forced to go down a black diamond (or maybe it was double black) called Edelvice. I didnt do so hot on it cuz after i fell i basically skidded all the way to the bottom. Anyways i really enjoyed my first experience and plan on going all next season. I wanna get my own board though. What size board should i be looking at? I already have a pair of Burton moto boots but i still need a board and bindings. I have been looking on eBay a little bit and i dont feel like i know enough to make a purchase. I know there are the major brands like burton and k2 which probably have good products but i dont know if i should be shelling out 250 bucks on a board that is essentially my learning board. But I dont wanna waste money on a crappy board either. I assume come next winter i will be going down both hills and spending a little time in the parks. So what i wanna know is the size board i should be looking for and any suggestions as to specific boards. Thanks!

ps noob question: do the bindings brand have to match the board brand? same with shoes?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-29-2007, 01:53 AM
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go big
k2 has the widest board!!!

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I am 6'3 and about 180 pounds. My feet aren't quite as big as yours though. I can tell you that I wear size 10.5 boots (I've never actually seen a size 15 snowboard boot, hehe) and I didn't need a wide board. I use a Rome Anthem board because I don't care for the parks, I'm all mountain. You should NOT buy a board online without trying it on in your situation. If you do end up with too much toe heel drag then you will be screwed and you won't have any fun. I don't know what kind of rental you got, but I'd suggest trying on different sizes to see what fits you. Also, most bindings I've seen have toe and heel lifts to help minimize drag. I have Rome Arsenal bindings and they work just great (no the bindings don't HAVE to match the board, but it makes things easier. You really just need to make sure the bolt patterns are the same.)

Getting a new board isn't an exact science. Just find one that works for you. Make sure your toes and heels are over the edge of the board so you have good control, but not so far that they dig into the snow when you carve. Other than that, there isn't a formula to go by that will always work out perfectly.

If you're looking for a new board and you're worried about quality, I think most big name brands have good boards. I personally am a Rome fan. I've never actually seen another one out there so it makes me wonder where they have most their sales, but living in the midwest I don't see a lot of snowboarders PERIOD. Just do your research and find one that fits your needs. Rome's site, maybe others have the feature as well, lists what their boards are good for. They have ratings that say whether the board is mountain, park, etc.

Good luck and have fun!
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Also, I just want to add that in my opinion, toe heel drag isn't nearly as big a problem as having a board that is TOO wide. If it is too wide, you'll have some bad issues. Toe heel drag is not too much of a problem unless you're snowboarding on a ski.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 08:27 PM
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if your planning on doing park you want as small of a board as you fell comfortable on its much easier for spinning and getting on rails and what not, and no you dont have to have the same bindings for your board, UNLESS, you have a burton board, they make differnt holes on the top, just to get people to have to buy burton bindings to fit on there but these days other commpanies will make a baseplate that has the holes to match a burton board . so you can pretty much do whatever you want, but dont get burton they suck hardddd core
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I never got that about Burton. They make a different binding pattern and make an adapter so that their bindings fit other boards, yet they don't make an adapter so that other bindings fit their boards. What the heck?
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Board question here too.

I'm currently riding a Rossignol Premier 154. I'm 5'7" and some change and I'm looking into getting a board thats a little longer. I was thinking between 157-160. What would be a good size to get for general freeriding.

Thanks for the help.
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Depends on your weight and personal preference. If you're heavier, you want a stiffer board, lighter you want a softer board. Length is just a matter of preference and practicality. Don't get a super long board if you're going to have trouble steering. It depends a little on the snow you're on, too. I'm 6'3 and my 158 is long enough for the snow here in the midwest.
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