Beginner/ Intermediate boarder with some questions. Help appreciated!
First off, I want to say thanks for checking out my thread. I know there are many other threads out there with other newbie's pleas for help.
I will be buying my first full snowboarding setup for my experience as a ski-bum this winter. I'm flying to Montana over winter break to stay with family, and snowboard at the local Big Mountain. Hopefully I'll be staying there for around 30 days of non-stop mountain fun.
Here's some info about me. I'm 18, weigh 145 lbs, 6'0", approx size 10 boot, and I ride regular. My budget is around $500, up to $600 if i really find something worth it. Last winter, I spent a week in Montana, and tried snowboarding for the first time. A local ski shop set me up with a rental snowboard and boots for a week, and I absolutely loved it. By the end of the week, i was able to cruise down all of the blue slopes, linking my turns fairly effectively. Then about a month later, i went to a local mountain (Snow Summit/ southern california) rented for the day and had the most fun yet. It was then I decided I have a new sport. I'm not exactly sure how I would rate myself skill wise. I think I'm in the beginner stage, and moving more into the intermediate stage. I still catch an edge on occasion, and my turns aren't the best by a long shot. But I can get down the mountain without any problems, and my speed is increasing as I become more sure of myself.
So that brings me to my main question: What the hell do I get? I've been researching for a while, and there are so many products out there I have no clue where to start. The most important thing for me to get would be the boots, then the snowboard, and finally the bindings. Any help on where to begin would be greatly appreciated.
I've been snowboarding enough to know what I don't like, and what really bugs me. One of the first things is that my boots would become loose, and trying to maintain a stable toeside edge was nearly impossible. I was tightening them about 3 times a day, and i really got sick of it. Thankfully the boots fit me well, so I was happy. However, the other time i went to the local slopes, the boots fit horribly. They were too loose all around, i couldnt tighten them enough, and both my hands and feet had blisters at the end of the day.
So here's some things I want:
- Alternative boot lacing system than laces. I do NOT want to be constantly adjusting laces, and blisters from pulling so hard to tighten will ruin my day. I've looked into the BOA system. My cousin has these, and i really like the idea. But from what i've read, many people don't like them for various reasons. Ideas??
- Something other than the standard ratchet bindings. Most of my family skis, so I hate being the one everyone's waiting for. Also, sitting down and ratcheting in my foot just sucks. I've looked at Flow bindings, as well as the K2 Cinch bindings. What are you ideas on these? And any others I should check out.
As for the snowboard.. I'm completely lost. I would describe my riding style, as carving down the groomers, some powder, just all around fun. I'm definitely not doing anything crazy like downhill speed, or any park stuff at all. I don't mind buying last years equipment, however I would like to buy a new board.
Holy shit.. i just typed alot. Thanks for reading through it, and i hope to work with you guys to select the best gear for me!