Noob and I want to buy my first board!
I need some advice! I would like to buy my first snowboard (and bindings) during the upcoming clearance season. I just started snowboarding this year and have gone about 5 times so far. I figure it would be more fun (and cheaper) to have my own board for next year. I am looking for a beginner/intermediate all-mountain board that I won't "outgrow" in 1-2 years. I haven't settled on camber vs. rocker. vs. hybrid yet.
Ht/Weight: 5'11", 155 lbs
Boot size: I have 32 Lashed Size 11
Riding style: This year, I have only gone down small mountains at local SoCal ski resorts. By the end of this season, I would like to be able to do small jumps on the slopes. Next year I would like to be able to use my board on some Mammoth or Utah trips. I'm not interested in learning rails, half pipes, or other park stuff.
Budget: Very flexible. My priorities are quality and fun factor rather than cost. Ideally I would like to spend between $300-400 for board and bindings, but I don't mind spending more if necessary.
Most online calculators are recommending that I buy something in the 158-159 cm range with a 253-254 mm width. The Rossignol Templar Snowboard, Machete, and K2 Raygun look like they would be good bets. My main worry is that I will outgrow the board in 1-2 years and have to spend another $500 on a new board (as mentioned in other threads about the Raygun). I feel like I am an average learner compared to other people in the classes I have taken (meaning that I am making steady improvements every time I go the mountains, but I'm not a natural genius either). Buying a used board is not really an option, because I don't have any friends who could advise me on the condition of a used board. I don't necessarily need a 2012/2013 model board, and I don't care about brands.
I would appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.
Last edited by thecurrybot5000; 02-17-2013 at 04:27 PM.