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Old 02-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Playful Freestyle/Park board help

Hello, I need your help.

In about a month I'm looking into buying a new snowboard set, boots/bindings/board.
My old $200 board just passed 10 years, and I thought it would be good to get a new one after using tons of money on rentals the last year.

Height: ~173cm / 5'6feet
Weight: ~82kg / 180lbs
Boot size: ~43 EU, 9 - 9 US
Riding style: DO NOT LIKE very high speeds, 55+Mph / 90+Km/h. 95% park, 5% rest, 0% powder
Age: Going down in weight, 23yo
Budget: MAX: 900 1200$ (for boots/board/bindings)
Location of riding: South-East Norway / Park

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I'm very used to short boards for my height, I think. Since I have continued to use my 10 years old board for such a long time.
My guess is that it is in the 140-145 range. Out of fear of losing control when I have been renting boards I have asked for a shorter board, 145-150 range.
But I don't know if this is bad, maybe aim to learn to use a little longer board now?

I have really no experience when it comes to snowboard brands or types of techs/flex etc. Have tried to do some googling, but I'm really lost, have looked at the Never Summer Proto but it's kinda expensive for my taste.

I would like my new board to be good at jibs/butters/medium kickers.
Would like to get into rail 50-50, and trying to learn 360 on medium size kickers and do some crazy (beginner) buttering.

Have only tried out Rocker once, but had no chance of trying it out in any depth, so I don't know if I should go for rocker/camber or hybrid.
But something is telling to go for hybrid or rocker.

While it might be hard to pick out a exact board for me, I would really be happy for any advice at all on which time of board I should go for, flex/tech/twin/directional/rocker/camber/hybrid etc.

Thank you very much for reading.
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Weight, not height should determine board size. I'm 170 and I ride a 157, you should probably be on something in the 155-160 range. Maybe on the lower end of that if you're used to a much shorter board.

For what you're looking to do the Never Summer Proto or Evo would be good choices. Arbor Westmark, Gnu Park Pickle, and Salomon Drift are some other boards to check out.
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Weight, not height should determine board size. I'm 170 and I ride a 157, you should probably be on something in the 155-160 range. Maybe on the lower end of that if you're used to a much shorter board.

For what you're looking to do the Never Summer Proto or Evo would be good choices. Arbor Westmark, Gnu Park Pickle, and Salomon Drift are some other boards to check out.
Thanks for your replay, while I know that you find board determined by weight I'm heavy for my height, so I'm a little afraid to get a to short board,
as I don't know if I will lose some of the boards "function", while I'm also afraid of getting a to long board as I'm not used to it AT ALL.

At the time I'm looking at Never Summer Proto /w K2 Hurricane bindings, or the 390Boss,
however if I can't order these to Norway without playing tons of shipping and other expenses it will become to expensive for sure.

The only shop witch sells Never Summer in Norway(that I have found) is 3 hours away, and it costs $1050 for the board alone, and the price is what? $520 on the Never Summer website?
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey ANON

Im from Denmark and i bought gear from these 2 places in UK and i would imagine the shipping is almost the same to Norway.

EdgeRiders - Snowboard | Kite | Wakeboard | Wetsuits EdgeRiders UK Sports Shop - Snowboard, Kiteboard, Wakeboard, Ski Shop Snowboarding, Kitesurfing, Wakeboarding and Wetsuits Specialists

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Maybe theres someting there for you..

I bought a proto 2012 for 780 USD from UK last year. I know it doesn't leave much for bindings/boots but take a look around..

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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NeverSummer Proto 5290kr in
norkite.no. I would try Finn.no, lots of people selling great lightly used boards for cheap, every now and then a gem pops along.

I've seen a uninc never used for 1200kr a few months back. I recently looked at a k2 slayblade around Christmas time for 2000kr also in great condition. I just bought a Burton Operator 154w last week used for about a few trips until the guy realized he preferred skies. Keep an eye out at boardshop.no, they recently had a 50% sale and have some great deals all the time.
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NeverSummer Proto 5290kr in
norkite.no. I would try Finn.no, lots of people selling great lightly used boards for cheap, every now and then a gem pops along.

I've seen a uninc never used for 1200kr a few months back. I recently looked at a k2 slayblade around Christmas time for 2000kr also in great condition. I just bought a Burton Operator 154w last week used for about a few trips until the guy realized he preferred skies. Keep an eye out at boardshop.no, they recently had a 50% sale and have some great deals all the time.
Thanks for your reply, 5290kr = ~$1000 which is double the price on Never Summers homepage. Have tried using finn.no, however Never Summer is quite limited, and finding the correct and length is so hard. However I will be searching there for sure. Was thinking of ordering the neversummer, and find some used bindings. However nothing is certain for now.
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95% park, I wouldn't look at the proto, maybe the evo. Seems like american brands are more expensive in europe. What about euro brands like batalon, lobster, elan? For your weight id be looking at something around the 153. When spending money on an entire kit I would spend most my money on boots, then the board and bindings last. Cheap boots suck.
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Don't get caught up in all the hype, a board is a board, as long as your getting a quality product your golden. unless you are a 100+ day a season boarder I doubt you'll notice the difference between a neversummer and another well built more affordable snowboard of the same flex, camber & shape. Go to some of the big parks in Norway, hjemsedal, hafjell and you'll see kids ripping up the mountain & park on boards 1/3 the price of a neversummer. Remember the golden rule 99% rider 1% board. If I where you I would be more interested in the kind of shape, flex & camber you are interested in riding because that is what will effect your riding the most than a brand name on your board.

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What I would get personally if I was in your position.

Board: Nitro Swindle, Arbor Westmark/Draft, Neversummer Evo
Bindings: Raiden Zero, Flux TT30, Union Contact
Boots: DC Park, 32 Lashed FT
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