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Old 09-12-2007, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, Its time for some new gear and I'm stuck between like 10 different boards/boots/bindings that I like so I'm calling out for some help. I've been boarding for over 10 years, I LOVE to do everything back country: powder, rock drops, chutes, name it. I also like to do some top-to-bottom runs and every once in a while I'll go to the park. I realize that I've just covered everything but most of my time is spent in the trees/back country. I've researched several burton/ride/never summer products but need to know what you guys ride and suggest. I'm looking for a whole new setup (board, boots and bindings) Anything you can tell me would be awesome.

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(Month and a half until we're boarding in Colorado!!)
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What sort of backcountry? Full on avy terrain, slipping out the access gate, or hike to inbounds stuff?
Sounds like you could be anything from frontcountry pretend a backcountry, to side country, to the real thing. Just need to know before I put out any recommendations.

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Old 09-12-2007, 03:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I go to Winter Park a lot, and we drop the rope quite a bit. It has some awesome back country, 30 minutes later you've made it to the highway and there are plenty of people that'll pick up the hitch hikers and take us back to the lift. I hope to do some Heli-boarding in the near future too! So... I like the hardcore stuff.
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Just a quick note (I'll leave BC gear up to KC), for boots, just try on everything. No one knows what your foot shape is like, yadda yadda yadda.
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I just saw your from the frontrange so I'm sure I didn't just tell you anything you don't already know!
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if you're doing lots of back country make sure you have a shovel, probe, beacon, and snow shoes... snow shows are the cats arse when hiking through deep back country powder
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah, we got that stuff. I just moved out here a little over a year ago and so I just got into "real backcountry." My board was getting pretty small and was more of a freestyle board so it was a kinda tough to keep up with my buddies. So I want something that can handle that, plus some park. Like I said, I've got some ideas, just want to see what everyone else rides.
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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oh and I'm looking for something around 159-161, and I don't need a wide board. Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It sounds like to me you are slipping out the 40 gate down to the highway. Or dropping the ropes behind Sunnyside or further down on Corona way. Either one puts you down to the highway. Good sidecountry. Avy danger is pretty much non-existant in those trees, but powder is abundant for sure. Probably about all I do is lap that area anymore. Be mindful if you start to slip out towards Zero Creek, there are some serious avy paths there and a few have met their demise.

For that sort of terrain you would probably be best off with an agressive freeride board. They will be ok for the park, but it doesn't sound like you do much park. Probably more pillowcases than anything. Neversummer Titan (very stiff), or Heritage (not as stiff), Unity Dominion, Flow Infinite, or Solitude series, Rome Anthem or Flag would be the boards I would look at.

Those will work pretty good for the hike to stuff at Berthoud Pass. Though a pintail like the NS Summit would be better. A pair of snowshoes will be a big help there from time to time. If you are really serious about BC, then a splitboard is the only way to go (I hate snowshoes). You'll be able to cover the same terrain all the AT and Telekooks do. The Blaho's make custom Neversummer splits. I had them make a Summit split for me and it's the best pow board ever (that's opinion). Prior, Voile, and Venture make great splits too. That is a whole nother topic though.

If you are getting into bc and haven't taken your level 1 yet, check out Friends of Berthoud. They do avalanche clinics which basically cover level 1 material at a fraction of the course. You are required to attend a Halstead Morris (top 5 avalanche expert in the US possibly the world) avy clinic at one of the local gear shops. REI downtown D-town being one of the places. It's free. Then for something ridiculous like $30, Friends of Berthoud will take you on snow and show you what is up. I was a facilitator for them last year and plan on doing it this year. You'll need beacon, probe, and stuff to carry it in. I generally try to take mostly boarders in my group as it's easier to relate with 'em than all the other facilitators who are skiers. Definitely worthwhile as this state is by far the most dangerous to travel in the backcountry.
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Oh yeah, bindings, I haven't heard anyone say a bad thing about Rome 390's.
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