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Old 08-15-2007, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How's this package for a beginner?

Was checking out some deals for myself.

Found this one most in my price range for now.

Best Price on Rossignol Scope Snowboard Package - Men's

I'm 5'9, 125 lbs. Went snowboarding once last season and loved it, will be going again next season and would like to own my own board.

Is that a good setup for a beginner?
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The board itself is not bad provided that you fit the weight range, and have smaller feet. Also, I REALLY hope you had a chance to try those boots on. It's no guarantee that you'll like them if you havn't tried them on, and those few bucks you saved buying online would probably go to waste if you have to find new boots because these ones don't fit properly. And the bindings...eh, they stink. If you go out once a season, this set up will get you by...but if you do go any more than that, do a bit more research, and find something better.

Edit: Ooops, just read your weight range, and it looks like the length is just fine for you.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yea think its a pretty good set-up...just the only thing is if you have big feet you would probley get some toe drag or if your still pretty young you could grow out of it soon...also dont just buy boots you have never tried on. i went yesterday to anymountain and tried on what i thought were kickass boots but they had no support i hated them. i think you should go buy boots from a store or find the boots you want and the size and then order them. but you should always try a boot before you buy it.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. After seeing your opinions, I think I will get everything seperately so that everything fits and feels good.

Deciding between these 4 boards:

Best Price on Rossignol Scope 149cm Snowboard Snowboards Snowboarding Gear Equipment

Best Price on Sims Source 148cm Snowboard Snowboards Snowboarding Gear Equipment

Best Price on Ride Catalyst 148cm Snowboard Snowboards Snowboarding Gear Equipment

Burton LTR Snowboard

Do you have any recommendations for binding and boots? Will probably go to the store and try them on. Are there any methods to see if the boots are right by just walking around since I won't be able to see if they're comfortable while riding until later this year.

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Old 08-15-2007, 03:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Any store worth their salt should be able to fit you into a pair of boots. It's not like I can take a pair of boots out to the slopes and see if I like them.

Boots are the one item you should try at the store. What works for me might not work for you. Plus even two pairs of the same exact boot can fit differently. This is the one purchase I recommend not looking at costs on. Look at what fits you right.
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I don't know how old you are or if you are still growing or anything, but if your feet are pretty much as big as they are going to get, I'd invest in a boot with a heat forming core. They use heat to permanently match them to your feet. Feels great and helps you maintain better control since they are form fitting.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Don't forget footbeds. Custom or even semi custom can be worth their weight in gold...
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot guys/girls. I will check out boots and bindings later in stores. Can anyone help me pick a board please. One of the 4 listed above or any different ones in the same price range would be nice. Looking for a flexible board that is easy for beginners.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The Rossi or Ride are your best bet.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I can't speak for the other boards (other than when I was looking in to investing a Rossi for my first board, it was really stiff and wouldn't have done me too well), but we bought my friend a Ride Catalyst for her first ride from good ole's Sports Authority. (Hey, don't judge, she had a 90-100 buck budget.) Wasn't really the best choice for her because of her shoe size and the board's waist width, made for a bohemoth to turn, but she seemed to be doing all right on it. Little stiffer than most beginner boards I've seen in my opinion but it's decent. I think you should be fine on the 148, just pay attention to the waist (if you have big ass feet) so you don't get too much draggage and end up being miserable any way.

Also, I wouldn't recommend buying from the House. They're notorious for over-charging on old equipment, for example the Catalyst they were selling for what, $150? I don't think it was even last year's model, but the 05/06 model (I'm pretty positive we bought her set up two years ago, not last winter, but I could be wrong. My memory sucks sometimes.) Though the free shipping is nice, we were able to snag one up at Sports Authority for $90, and it wasn't even outdated at the time. I would glance around E-bay in your size (148ish?), and see what comes up. You might even be able to find a better deal on a better board. Ebay's a goldmine, sometimes.

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