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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2008, 08:06 PM
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Hello! I'm new to the forums. I've always wanted to get into the sport of snowboarding, so this winter I'm going to do it. I'm a very determined person, and I truly felt like renting would be a waste of money. So, I set out to get some very good gear for as cheap as possible. I wanted to spend as little as possible, yet have gear that would serve me for several years as I progress and get better at the sport. I've never gone before, and although new sports have always come to me somewhat easily, I realize that I'll spend most of the first day on my ass. A few of my roommates are experienced snowboarders, they have no problem helping to teach me. Here's a quick pic of my gear:






158cm Atomic Vantage Board - $125 (craigslist)
Atomic Mojito Bindings - $100 (evogear.com)
Salomon Symbio Boots size 11/11.5 - $80 (evogear.com)
K2 helmet - $20 (evogear.com)
Helly Hansen Gore-Tex Shell - $60 (eBay)
Smith Cascade Pro Goggles - $20 (evogear.com)

All my gear is brand new.

I also got a pair of waterproof ski/snowboard pants on eBay. They were only $20, the seller had a lot of excellent reviews. We'll see how they hold up after a day of falling down the mountain.

I also signed up for a ski trip my college (uAlbany) is involved in. It's called Snowjam 09. It includes a night of partying in Montreal, then three days of boarding at Mt. Tremblant. The trip is in February, so hopefully by that time I will have gone several times and be fairly decent.

Nice meeting you all and joining your site.
-John
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2008, 08:24 PM
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Hm. I would have reccomended renting just incase. But if you're confident that you'll like it, then I wish you luck.
And you bought your boots online? How do they fit? I'd think that would be a risky buy without trying them on first seeing as boot comfort is very important.
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yea renting would have been a good start... and helm's are for sissies.. its only snow :P
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HAHA you bought your boots online guarantee they don't fit right after 1 day on snow.


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yea renting would have been a good start... and helm's are for sissies.. its only snow :P
uh uh uh. Helmets aren't for sissies. They're actually pretty important. Some of the most experienced riders wear them. I've been in situations where, if I didn't have a helmet, I'd probably have 3 concusions by now. And they're also becoming a lot more stylish lately. You never know what could happen.

Not calling the "non-helmeters" idiots at all though. If they don't want to wear one, it's their head. But saying helmets are for sissies.... nah.
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Helmets for sissies yeah I guess slamming at 50mph into sheet ice and having your brain slam into the front of your skull is sissy huh?


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I will absolutely be wearing the helmet. I don't mind wearing it, and in my opinion the pros far outweigh the cons. Regarding the boots, I know I took a risk. My roommates suggested I wear them around the dorm to break them in. They fit absolutely perfectly. They are snug and extremely comfortable. If I could, I'd wear them everywhere. If I had the money, of course I would have gone to a boardshop. I got lucky though!
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you guys prolly dont get 6ft of pow annualy...
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I got lucky though!
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you guys prolly dont get 6ft of pow annualy...
But there's always, rails, and trees, and cement if your a street jibber. Rolling 50 meters through pow could be damaging still. And come spring and early winter it could get icy. There's always risks. But to each his own
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Nope Summit County doesn't get snow infact we ride on lexan sheets.


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