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Old 12-07-2008, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, finally decided to pick up snowboarding this year, and while I am going to do lessons once or twice with rental gear to make sure I enjoy it before I sink some cash into it, I wanted to get some advice on what gear to go with once I make sure I like it. With that in mind, here are the stats:

Weight: 225 - 230 (6'4", not sure if height matters...)
Boot size: 12
Riding style: Probably basic all-mountain, nothing too fancy
Age: 25, so I'm pretty much done growing
Budget: Probably looking to spend $500 - $600 on board/boots/binding.
Your location of riding: New England

It seems like most sites recommend a 164 - 168 board given my weight, but will that be too long for a beginner? I am generally pretty athletic/good balance, so I would rather err on the side of getting a board that might be a little more intermediate that I can grow into.

Alright, any thoughts here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-07-2008, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your quite a bit bigger than I am so i cant comment on boards, although you should be able to get away with a normal non wide board if you wear size 12 shoes you'd probably size down to 11 or 11.5 for boots.

As most people will say here, and also in my opinion good fitting boots are the most important thing for learning. You can get down the mountain on cheap $100 boards, or boards that are slightly long/short, but if you have shitty boots your going to want to stop in the first hour

If you look now you may be able to still find local stores selling last years boots at big discounts. Go in with no preconceived notion on what brands are good, and try any and all in your price range on. It may take awhile but its important
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input on the boots, that definitely makes sense. Are boots/bindings/boards pretty interchangable? That is, if I spend some extra $$ on boots and bindings this go-around, if/when I need to upgrade my board can I keep them as well?

Any other input on the main question? Sure there are some other big guys my size who have thoughts.
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