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.