Hi guys! I posted this question in the "Introduce Yourself" category and got two really helpful answers, but was hoping for a few more thoughts, so I figured I'd post here as well since it's more specific to my question...so pardon any redundancy.
I'm a beginner snowboarder (going for my fourth day trip this Sunday) and I'm planning to head over to buy my first snowboard later today so I can learn without constantly switching up equipment. I've narrowed it down to two choices: the Arbor Poparazzi and the Arbor Cadence.
The saleswoman at the sporting goods store insisted that the Cadence was a park board, and was very adamant that the Poparazzi was the better board for me. I've also read that the Poparazzi is pure all mountain, which is generally a good place to start, while the Cadence is a park board.
At this point in my snowboarding experience, I'm not looking to do tricks or jumps or anything crazy. I just want a board that is easy to control even when my form is a little off (turn, etc.) but which isn't a complete speed demon. I'm also on the East Coast and do most of my riding in the Catskills, which means things can be pretty icy, so that's a factor as well.
I'm leaning towards the Cadence (mostly because the design is SICK but also because I've read/heard that it's a bit easier to ride than the Poparazzi) but I'm wondering whether there are any disadvantages to a beginner using the Cadence purely to go down the slopes for the time being. Any other thoughts or opinions welcome!