Aussie boarding Whistler - equipment questions
I have been snow boarding probably a total of 4 weeks in Australia and NZ in the last 10 years and at the end of this year I am finally getting to Whistler (though only for 10 days).
I have always hired my gear due to the large cost of buying boots/board/bindings however I am sick of having sore feet etc. so this time I am committed to buying my own quality boots.
I am not so sure on bindings/board though. I had planned to hire those in whistler as this avoids extra baggage costs etc. and a lot of hassle. The thing is I am very keen to try the new Now IPO bindings. I am guessing that since they are still very new that it would be impossible to find somewhere renting these in Whistler. So I have a few questions:
1) Is there any chance I could rent Now bindings?
2) If not, should I just hire a regular board/bindings or buy my own Now bindings & a board.
3) should I hire in Whistler or Vancouver?
4) In regards to boots, I hear you can buy heat moulded boots so that they're ready to go. Are these worthwhile, what are the costs? What style of boots should I go with?
Thanks for reading guys!