Hey all, new rider here and I'm looking into purchasing my first set-up. Went snowboarding for the first time this weekend with my brothers gear and I absolutely fell in love with it; Even though I spent about 80% of the trip on my ass. lol.
Anyways, let me give you guys some basic information about myself:
Shoe Size: 9.5
Location: Southern California
Board: Let's start off with the most important part. I've done a little research and I guess there are multiple different "types" of boards. I guess for my sake I would like a standard "All Mountain" board since I live in socal and I will be most likely be just riding/cruising down the mountain. It just seems like a better option since it's universal. By the way, what's the correct term for just cruising down mountains? Casual rider?
I'm uncertain on what size to get. I've searched for a chart of a height/weight to board size ratio but no luck.
Now this is what confuses me the most about picking a board - the shape. I honestly have no clue on what shape to get. I guess I would prefer something that's kind of neutral and can be used "all-around" if possible.
Bindings: Don't really know much about bindings either. I guess something with a bit more flex would be more beneficial for a new rider such as myself.
One thing I do want to note is that for some strange reason, I think all red bindings sick. lol
Boots: Again, something that's a bit softer and a bit more flex would be more beneficial for me, right? I also really like that knob thingy some boots have. Seems really convenient and just a plus to have.
As for everything else I think I can figure it out on my own.
And I know I'll probably get flamed for this, but I'm really into aesthetics/looks. I really would like red bindings and I prefer the more simplistic/clean/plain look. I think a black, grey, silver, or white board would look great with red bindings. Just to give you a general idea of what I like, I saw these burton board which looks pretty dope. Super Hero Snowboard | Burton Snowboards
Budget: I'm a bit unsure about this. I obviously don't want to break my bank, but I don't really want to cheap out either since this setup will most likely be used for years on out. So I might as well do it right the first time, right?
Also, what are some general popular brands that I should aim for? The only real brand I know of is burton.
Sorry for bombarding you guys with questions, but snowboarding gear isn't exactly cheap, so I would like to do this right with the help of your guys, of course.