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Old 11-24-2008, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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alright i went snowboarding around 3-4 times. never took any lessons. i'm probably gonan go around 10 times this winter if i can make some cash, but the only problem is i don't currently own a snowboard. can you guys give me some advice on what board to buy or where i can get a decent used board?

i am 190lbs
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not sure what size boot i'd wear im a size 10.5-11 in regular sneakers
19 years old
budget - very low lol~ i need to buy everything, bindings,boots,and a board
my location of riding is upstate
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For Boots, go to your local board shop and try on several different manufacturers to get an idea of what size would fit you. Don't listen to the sales guy if he tries to tell you which boot you should buy, figure out what is comfortable and compare, compare, compare. Size is important. Your big toe should touch the end of the boot when you stand up, but when you get a good knee bend it should come off the front. If it doesn't, it's too small a boot. Boots you should not, if you can, go cheap on. They will make a huge difference in your experience on the hill. I also would not buy used boots.

What length and kind of board depends on the style of riding. Some boards are meant for the park, some are for cruising, and some try to be multi-purpose All-Mountain boards. With your weight you're probably around the 158cm mark, for length.

I suggest Craigslist for used board/bindings or anything local. Make sure you can inspect the setup before you buy for anything outside of normal wear (ie. deep gouges, rusted edges, mistreatment) etc. I would not recommend buying used off eBay unless there are a ton of high quality photos you can see.

What is your budget?
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well i guess everything around 600? before i started looking at setups i never realized how expensive they actually are. idk if 600 would do it, but im def not looking for TOP of the line gear, just something for me to get started with.
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Go to this thread, and start at post #7 for some basic info.

Also, you should REALLY take some lessons. It will be a tremendous help, and it will help cure you of bad habits now, when they are easy to get rid of.
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how much would like an average lesson cost? and thanks for this thread it has tons of info
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not much, i would guess 20-40 bucks if you brought your own gear?

For example here in Oregon for Rental + 4 hour group lesson(private would be better, but if you need cheap) + Lift pass for the bunny slope is only $70 for the day.
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does that mean i ahve to go down the bunny slope all day? lol i been on the top of the mountains before and i was able to go down the green and blue trails.. i'm looking for boards online and are there any boards under 200$? lol this sport is expensive..
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does that mean i ahve to go down the bunny slope all day?
That is not a bad thing!

First, I have been riding for about 20 years. If want to learn something new, or tweak my technique, I go straight over to the bunny slope or a really easy green to do so.

Second, if you have not taken a lesson, then I can almost 100% assure you that your technique is not where it should be. You want to be able to work on that with the least amount of distraction and variables. That is what the bunny hill is for!

Last, you could also try a private lesson. Often these will take place off the bunny hill if you have some experience under your belt. Call your local mountains and see what they offer and how much things cost. They will be able to give you much more accurate information than any on this site!
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ah i knew i would have to take lessons, im stubborn and wanted to learn for myself but i bet im learning the wrong way. where can i find pretty cheap like 150-200$ all purpose boards ?
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ah i knew i would have to take lessons, im stubborn and wanted to learn for myself but i bet im learning the wrong way. where can i find pretty cheap like 150-200$ all purpose boards ?
I take it you didn't read that link I gave you above?
$150 - $200 for a board is really unrealistic.
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