So, first, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm a nub to these boards, and am a novice snowboarder as well. I've only been 2 times, but I fell in love with it my first day. I'm an avid mountain biker, so I know how these addictions go... I decided to go ahead and buy quality equipment up front, and to join a good forum, as it's insane how much you learn hanging around these places.
But, I did this out of order, I'm afraid. I went ahead and purchased equipment without learning enough first. And I'm afraid I made a mistake. Here are my stats, the terrain I'll be on, and the equipment I bought.
Size 10 boots
I'll be riding mostly crappy East coast terrain... Rarely powder, more often ice, some good slushy riding at times, and always at a regular ski resort. I hope to branch out as I get better, but for now, green and blue runs are challenging enough for me
Here's what I've purchased:
Burton Baron 157:
Burton Baron 157 - eBay (item 260323669253 end time Dec-05-08 14:40:07 PST)
Flow 2008 M9 Bindings:
NEW 2008 FLOW M9 FREESTYLE SNOWBOARD BINDINGS BLACK L - eBay (item 260329409019 end time Dec-09-08 19:26:42 PST)
Used (from a friend) Airwalk boots (super comfy, not worried about these)
And then some other clothing stuff.
My concern is with my choice of boards. As you can see from the link, I got it new for a pretty good price, I'd say. But, I really didn't give much consideration that it might be too wide. I'm pretty sure it's around 26 CM wide... I forget where I learned that, but after a lot of reading, it looks like the Baron's really are for people with big feet. Now, my feet aren't small, but at a size 10, I'm worried I messed up. Particularly, since as a noob, I don't need any addition trouble learning to turn and carve well.
So what do you guys think? Should I leave this board wrapped up and sell it off, or should I throw those bindings on and hit the slopes? I'm much more inclined just to go for it.
And finally, my girlfriend is looking for boards. What are your thoughts on M3 boards? Particularly the M3 Dischord? Is it worth $150, or is it a real piece of crap (I'm inclined to worry, due to the low price).