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01-21-2014 08:31 AM
judoant Buy used board and bindings but get new boots. Someone else boots will never feel right and don't get them too big. gear trade, craigslist, ebay or even the on hill demos can be a good place to get a used kit.
01-21-2014 08:06 AM
sb60 You might try a longer board, even as a rental. 145-149 Boards vary a lot not just by length, but stiffness, where the flex is, and camber/rocker, so it's not just length. If you can demo a Never Summer Infinity, that is a great first board that you can use for years.
01-21-2014 06:17 AM
slyder As to when to buy. When you truly believe that this is a sport you are going to continue to do with the addition that Hell I've already gone 5x's this season. Its a fair bet that you will be riding more this yr and next.

I started by buying a buddies old regular cambered board and old bindings. No one could tell me the year so I assume more then 5 yr old equipment. Only $50 so that was 2 days rental right there. Then I bought gear on GearTrade (Deacon's recommendation) that worked out very well for my daughter and that was this season.

Get a feel for the type of boards and the style of riding you want to do. Then tons of reading to confuse you even more. Most ppl don't make a bad choice even though they feel they do.
Buy new boots in person at a store!!!!
Develop a relationship with that local store and many times they match or beat online pricing as they know you will be back for clothes, waxing, new gear etc... This has paid off 10 fold for me
01-21-2014 12:17 AM
hengmok I went snowboarding once, for one day. I bought some used but good equipment not even a week later for less than 200 and now I can go whenever I want/can without having to pay for rentals. I just figured I'll never go down the hill on two sticks ever again so it's worth it. If you love it, go for it!
01-21-2014 12:04 AM
When to stop renting and buy

buy new at end of yr. close out boards are always half off. if you buy used you only going to outgrow that shit quick and want a new board anyways. I bought all my gear on cl. $50 board $36 bindings cheap pants and coat. by day 5 I had a new arbor rx, burton genesis bindings, and gore-tex everything with iox goggles. my point is that all that used cheap gear got me boarding yes but was a waist of money. all that shit just sits in my closet now.
01-20-2014 11:47 PM
speedjason buy right away if you are determined. stop wasting money on rentals.
I've put more than 10 days on my setup so I am pretty close to making my money back. besides rentals suck.
01-20-2014 11:45 PM
sb60 If money isn't a big issue, I recommend buying a better first board. If you can demo boards from a mountain store that's great. When I was starting out I had a cheap board that was pretty hard to ride. I got a second board on sale. It was much better but still pretty tough. Then I demoed a Never Summer Infinity and it was really fun to ride, not too stiff, more flex. My riding really changed when I had a board I felt more comfortable on. I usually ride a Roxey now, similar rocker camber and a little stiffer, but still have the infinity.

I thought I wouldn't be able to tell the difference on demo's because I was a beginner, but that wasn't true at all.
01-20-2014 07:09 PM
zoom111 Buying used may limit you a little bit but be patient for something that will work for you in terms of snowboard lenght and profile. Either get the board and bindings as a combo or seperate but be sure to do a quick google search/review or ask some of the guys/girls on this forum. I will say if your feet are done growing to buy boots new as they will last you a while with ~10 days of riding a year. Even if the tech gets "old" before you retire your gear don't be discouraged as it's still very rideable.
01-20-2014 07:08 PM
sdm74 Also might want to look at last years closeout deals. I spent a little more on bindings so once I progress past my beginner style board I can just transfer them to new board in future. There are some good deals if you look around
01-20-2014 06:45 PM
Jollybored Eventually the costs add up to warrant buying cheap second hand gear.

From memory renting a snowboard twice cost the same as my first (second hand) board.
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