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02-20-2014 07:25 PM
Handbanana Yeah, a holiday weekend? You couldn't get me near that place then. Then again its close to me. Seems like they have tons of women's boards, but I'm sure there were few if any mens park boards. I think they do 40% if you just buy bindings and a board. FWIW, I'm very happy with my burton boots, I came from a boa boot and I like the speedlaces more.
02-20-2014 07:08 PM
caribchakita Been to the outlet..thanks so much..was there last weekend..I don't want Burton Boots but am open to the boards and was mad crowded last weekend and it's so tight in there I couldn't really shop properly but my friend was shopping for a park board..they are very limited what they have...yet, they can order from other outlets. Prices for sure are good..
02-20-2014 07:04 PM
Handbanana I'm pretty sure this has been mentioned before, but you should stop by the Burton outlet store in Wrentham. I believe if you buy a whole package (boots, bindings, board), they give you 50% off everything.
02-20-2014 06:57 PM
caribchakita Still the idea of magnatraction..just the word sounds good and feels good. Rocker/Camber hybrid..? Which boards encompass that? I want to continue to develop my skills, increase speed, carve my turns and most of all, build my confidence. I am on green circles and by the 5th run, am pretty confy. I love chill low key trails, steep stuff scares me due to speed but I am getting there...want a board to finish my first year and carry me into season two and probably three. Will use in New England only. No park, just really getting my skills honed. Burton Feel Good and Roxy Ally perhaps? Not tied to one brand. Thanks for re's been awhile since I posted and now, I am really getting the hang of this sport.
01-23-2014 09:28 AM
East§ide FWIW, my fiance bought a Never Summer Pandora last year (her second season of riding) - while it is definitely a board geared towards more experienced riders, it actually improved her riding x 10. She WAS riding an Alibi Rogue which was heavy, stiff and unforgiving - and which was also a "beginner" board. The change was immediate and drastic - your best bet is to focus on boards that will allow you to progress into them ( and try to remember - alot of what you are reading: flex, camber, waist width,etc.etc.etc. all serve their purpose, but are all also somewhat overblown .. the people who started this sport essentially rode planks of wood with no real camber, no metal edges, no bindings and they seemed to do alright. you will too, dont let the terminology overwhelm you from the fact that you could learn on a $50 target board) and try to find a model from a year or two ago. Most companies won't have changed their design too much and there is a huge savings on older equipment.. I believe my fiance paid $320 for her Pandora, which should last her for 5 seasons if she wants it to.
01-22-2014 06:50 PM
F1EA Yeah, there's no "begginer" boards. Being a total begginer sucks no matter what you ride; but some people simply will get out of the tough phase faster, no matter what they ride.

Buying snowboard gear is super complicated, specially when you're not sure what kind of rider you'll be amd what all the tech lingo means). So the best is to keep it as sime as possible... a "begginer" set up will simply be maybe something from last yr so that it is not so expensive and also something All mountain so that it is not so specific... Growing out of gear is ussually that you simply discover you'll be riding one terrain/conditions more than the other.

So yeah... get an All mountain board with at least rocker on the tips and try to center yourself in the manufacturer weight range (or be slightly on the heavy side for the lenght). Twin shape is te simplest to deal with. Also, get mid flex (4/10) bindings and boots.

Ride as much as you can and don't get hurt. Look good. Profit.
01-22-2014 06:30 PM
Originally Posted by caribchakita View Post
Holy Smoke, thanks Chomps..this is complicated..I think I need a snowboard break...I thought the variables with windsurfing (fin, board, sail) were complicated to understand...yikes..can I just give my cc to someone and they get me a snowboard kit? Thanks all..
Haha! Yeah sorry about that, it can seem more than a little intimidating. Probably a good idea to sit back, take a break and let all this information percolate and settle some!

Honestly tho, just about any reputable brands begining/intermediate board will probably work just fine for you starting out. (...riding on the ice coast, and not leaning towards park? I do think a full rocker board might be less than ideal.) It sounds as tho you have been doing ok with your riding and lessons so far. Despite all the well intentioned advice you are getting, don't let us push you to over think it too much.

If things are clicking for you and you're ready to dive in with an investment in gear,.. My advice would be to stay focused on getting a board that fits you well! ie. Right length/weight range. Right width range for your sized feet/boots, and right profile for conditions you will b riding it most. And by "right" I mean right for you and what you hope to do with it.

Just look at ANY resort. Lots of folks riding all sorts of boards, all on the same hill, same snow! Obviously, there's no universally "1 Right" board. Personal preference is King! You just need to find "your" preference! That's half the fun right there!
01-22-2014 04:49 PM
MelC I went through your process maybe 6 years ago. At the time I thought Burton was the only "good" option. I passed on the Feather and got a Feelgood instead as it was promoted as being able to take me up to intermediate and beyond which it did. As others have said I would hesitate to get a true "beginner" board because you will likely advance faster than you think and a board that is too small or too soft will hold you back. I would also, in hindsight, not commit to Burton too quickly as I learned during my upgrade process a year or so ago that in fact there are lots of great snowboard brands many of which seem to be as good and in some ways better than Burton, or at least the entry level Burtons, for the same price. I glanced at the reviews (the Feather has changed since I first started riding - back then Burton was all camber all the time). While the rocker may be appealing there are lots of rocker and rocker hybrid options out there and since you are on the east (or ice) coast you want to pay attention to the major criticism of that board which is edge hold. Burton has some version of "griptech" on some of its boards called frostbite (mine didn't have this when I started) but I haven't heard anyone say it is as good as magnetraction or Arbor's similar tech. The frostbite edge on this one is also said not to extend as far as it could. Given the conditions in which you will be boarding I would look for a board with magnetraction and one with a camber/rocker hybrid in a medium stiffness as I think you will find it easier to hang on when the slopes are less than ideal (most of the time). It is also tapered and not twin which will basically prevent you from learning any switch easily. I just took a novice lesson to build my switch skills and all of us were saying it would have been better to have done more of this while I was still learning and working on the beginner drills. I am now very mentally set in my ways and shifting gears into switch takes a massive cerebral and body memory effort. I would aim for a directional twin with all mountain capabilities - you are just starting out and who knows what you will want to do with it ultimately. Brands with the magnetraction and women's specific boards are GNU, Rossignol, Libtech, Never Summer, Roxy (I'm sure I missed some). Arbor has some variation of it (not sure if it is as good).
01-22-2014 04:24 PM
24WERD just get a gnu/ roxy board with mtx on it like roxy ollie or alley model or gnu b-nice or gnu street.

This will give you edge on ice.

You should be able to buy the board for b/t 2-300$. last year models are pretty much the same.

after you progreesed you could buy a bigger more techinical board and use the small for when not much is going on.

burton frostebite is a joke. don't bother with that.
01-22-2014 03:59 PM
caribchakita Holy Smoke, thanks Chomps..this is complicated..I think I need a snowboard break...I thought the variables with windsurfing (fin, board, sail) were complicated to understand...yikes..can I just give my cc to someone and they get me a snowboard kit? Thanks all..
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