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Old 08-30-2007, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I know you guys get alot of "what board should I get" questions but I searched and didn't find a post specific to the question I needed answers.

Ok so I got some k2 domain boots (size 12) and k2 indy bindings (size XL for size 11-15 boots). I am 6'tall and 170 lbs. Now the guy at the snowboard shop said I am going to need a mid-wide to wide board. (I believe that is the right terminology) I am looking for a board that can do just about everything (if that is possible) Park, jumps, and just riding. I am on kind of a tighter budget so I need a cheaper board. So my question is being I have large feet and my bindings are larger what board for around $200 would work for me. I know this is not much money to work with but its really all I will have. I can look for used stuff and boards on clearance. I am really quite stumped because I cant just pick any old board because of my big feet. I was thinking about the gnu carbon highbeam but apparently that does not have a sintered base. Is it possible to get a sintered base for $200? Any help or incite would be appreciated.

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Old 08-30-2007, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, the Todd Richards Omatic comes in a wide model. Not sure how it is for all mountain, but got raves for park. Sports Authority had them last year at the season ending sale for $119. There were tons of them left and Sports Authorities sniagrab sale starts this weekend. Those boards might be even cheaper.

BurtonAvenger really needs to weigh in on this. boarderholic and shayboarder will probably have some good info for you too.
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Hey thanks for the reply although the board you mentioned is almost non existent (looked on Google and didn't find one dealer selling it). Have you ever had any experience with the gnu carbon highbeam?

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It exists but there are no online dealers for it. Where are you located?

I can't tell you much about the gnu. Hopefully BurtonAvenger will see this and can give you some advice.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am located in northwest Minnesota (I know great snowboarding state ).
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CHB is ok and realistically you're in minnesota you don't need a sintered base its not that much of a performance difference.

I'd suggest looking for some deals on line for like the atomic rapture, alibi wide, axum, never summer revolver, etc. etc. just start looking through sites and don't forget to check www.steepandcheap.com and www. gearengine.com
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The reason I was looking into a sintered base was not for the performance but the durability. Here in Minnesota we have quite a few objects that you run over (tree roots, rocks). Would you recommend one certain board over another or should I basically find one in my price range and buy it?

Edit: Just to confirm something. I was looking into a board around the size of 158cm. Is that about good for my hight and weight (6'0" 170lbs)?

Edit 2: Am I going to need at leased a 26cm waist width or can I get by with 25.5? Remember the size 12 boot.

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Correct me if am I wrong, but isn't an extruded base actually a harder base? As far as durability goes it's probably going to handle the shots better than a sintered base...

As far as board width and 25.5 being wide enough. It could work. It really depends on the angles you are running.
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Everywhere I looked said sintered was harder and more durable.

Edit: I was looking at the alibi wide and it said it was a twin tip but it also said the it had a 4x2 insert pattern, shifted back? What is shifted back suppose to mean? Also it comes in a 156 and then the next size is a 161. Is a 156 to small for me? A 161 seems a bit large though. What do you guys think?

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Sintered is the better base no doubt. Absorbs wax better, is a faster base, etc.

It's also harder to fix than an extruded base. That doesn't always mean it holds up better either.

Okay edit: Not the harder material apparently.
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