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Old 07-14-2008, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy my first board, and since there's some good deals right now, it seems like a good time to do it.

I'm about 6 feet tall, 160 lbs, i wear size 10.5 running shoes, I'd imagine that shouldn't be too far off of my boot size. I can get down an easy black diamond on a few MN hills (Spirit and Afton), but I haven't snowboarded anywhere too challenging yet. I'd like to get a board that'd be good on groomed trails and powder, I don't plan on venturing into the terrain parks too often.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Rome Solution. I found a 156 and a 160 online for a good price with free shipping. I think I'd get the 156. I also found a Ride Concept TMS 161 and a Ride Yukon 159 for about the same price. All three of these are the 2008 models new for right around $250, which is what I would like to spend on a board.

I was planning on getting the Rome 390 bindings as well, they seem to be highly recommended here.

I'm not gonna end up getting boots until later, since I don't think that there's anywhere near that I'd be able to try on enough to find a good pair for me.

I'm looking for any suggestions/advice on the board, bindings, or anything else that might be helpful.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can't go wrong with a Rome deck. IMHO, I'd take a Rome over a Ride any day. The Solution is a good choice for what your looking for. Go for that 156.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes definitely get a ROME over Ride. I'd also check out the Rome Anthem deck too. It's such a damn good deck especially for what you want to to do. As sedition said...you can't go wrong with a Rome deck!

If you're looking for mainly bombing down mountains and all mountain riding as opposed to freestyle I would check out Rome targa bindings as well. The 390s are also very good. Both will do what you want. I think the Targas edge out the 390s for all mountain use and 390s edge targa for freestyle use. However both overlap in their intended uses and you'll be happy with either.

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It looks like the anthem would end up being a bit more than id wanna spend right now. I think I'll end up with the Solution 156 and the Targa bindings, thanks for the input.
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if you got a burton store around you, i think they still have boots out. and after that go to sierrasnowboard.com, they have some sick deals like 50% off for boots, however their size/color selection might be down since its so late into the off season.
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I glanced at their website and it said that there's a few close to me, I'll be sure to check them out and see if there's any boots in stock that feel good, thanks
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Get that Rome before it's gone! Hurry!
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Just put in the order for the Rome solution 156. It was the last one in stock. Hopefully it gets here in a few days. Should I try and get a coat of wax on it for the rest of the summer, or should the factory wax be enough to wait till just before I ride this winter to wax it?
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Congrats on the deck!!! Nah you don't need to apply a coat of wax at this time. Rome decks are fine with the factory wax for the first couple times out.
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WHOOO! I told you hurry! Good thing you got it. Rome makes great stuff, and they are a super-nifty company. You'll love that thing. Be sure post some reviews after you've taken it out for a few spins.
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