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) Well I did some more research. I had never looked at Atomic Snowboards before. I came across the Atomic Alibi. It seems like a great all around board that can be good for all-mountain and stellar in the park. I found a few 2008 models for about $250. I can get it in a 159 or a 166. I'm pretty sure the 159 would be the best choice however I can't find any info on the weight range each size was intended for by the manufacturer. Anyone have any info on this or know where I can find one any cheaper?]
First off here is all my background info. I have been snowboarding for 6 years (missed last season though). I got my first board for Christmas and have been riding it ever since. I never really learned anything about gear because I never really hung out with any experienced riders, unfortunately. I've enjoyed snowboarding with my current setup but only recently realized how horrid the setup is.
I ride a door. Its a Rossignol Nomad wide. Its stiff, its sluggish, its heavy. I have the cheapest bindings you could find on the market 6 years ago. And my boots are atleast 3 sizes too big and don't even have liners. I wish I was joking. I just sucked it up when I was learning because I remembered the torture the ski boots caused and just assumed it was supposed to hurt.
I just got used to it over the years.
I still love snowboarding even with that experience. Now that I know better and have actually put some research into it and made some friends who are experienced I want to start over. I never realized how little I really know about the sport until now.
Anyways, I am 6'1" tall. About 190 pounds. 23 years of age. I wear a 10.5 shoe so boots range from 10-11. I will be snowboarding in the northern Washington state and southern B.C., Canada areas this year (Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass, Whistler/Blackcomb). I have done only freeriding so far but this year I want to step it up and spend alot more time in the park. I've been looking for an intermediate freestyle board under $350. I found a Burton Doom 157 in a local shop. It is from last seasons stock so they chopped 40% off its original price so its now only about $285. Thats a steal from what I have seen. It seems like the best board I can get for that price. My only problem is that I'm worried it is too small. From most of the info I've found optimal size for me is 158-164ish. Is a 157 too small? Is this even the right board for me? Is it a good fit for me or will I be hating life on opening day?
I am also open to any other suggestions. Like I said, I need to keep it under $350 though.
Thats my story.