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02-01-2014 08:04 AM
snoopy7548 Thanks everyone for all the advice. Your comments made me re-think a few things and I decided to go with a 155cm 2013 Rome Reverb. I got it for $200 which is pretty good; I won't feel too bad if I decide I need or want something better within a few seasons. I can't wait to get out there and start riding again!
01-31-2014 11:30 PM
wrathfuldeity I concur that a 158 cam stiffy will be a bit much for a beginner at only 150# on the East Coast. A 153-55 will be a better size. My goto ice/packed/groomer board is a 155 full cambered stiffy and I weigh 180# and its my 11th season; but I also have several other larger boards to ride when there are deeper conditions.
01-31-2014 08:52 PM
eli783 At 150, any 158 for lib tech may be a bit much as a beginner. If you have your heart set on lib tech, I would recommend a 154 TRS. Thats what im riding this season, and im 5 9 155. I still think a softer board may work better for you honestly. If you really dont wanna buy two boards and want a great all around board that you can grow into, I would go for a trs.
01-31-2014 07:20 PM
emc19 My first board was a Vizion 144. No clue what model, but I was about 13 and it was awesome at the time.

My first real board was a Ride Control 155. I bought it because it looked cool, knew absolutely nothing about boards at the time. Turned out to be a pretty good board that I held on to for about 11 years. I believe it was about $300 or so. Just finally upgraded last week after about 13 total years of riding.
01-30-2014 01:15 PM
KellionBane I own a Hot Knife 158... And I felt the board was far too stiff for my beginner ways (I also weight 185 and I'm 6'2")... Ended up picking up a 156 GNU Pickle on sale, and its much easier to learn on that board... Figure in a season or two, I'll bust out the Hot Knife again, but the board really wants to destroy powder... And we don't get much powder around here.
01-30-2014 12:54 PM
ksup3erb
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Originally Posted by snoopy7548 View Post
I'm looking to buy my first board in the next few days but I'm facing a dilemma. I'm a beginner (had 1 lesson and absolutely loved it) but I managed to pick it up fairly quickly; by the end of the 2 hours I was out there I was confident going fast and able to (somewhat sloppily) pull off s-turns... my toe turns just need a little work. I fell countless times but my confidence and motivation never dropped. I'll take a few trips down the blue runs the next time I go, which should be soon.

My goal as a snowboarder is to become an aggressive all-mountain rider with great carving abilities. I also want to work towards riding switch. I have very little to no interest in park.

I live on the east coast so I'll be riding mainly groomers and hard-pack. I'm 5'10", a little over 150lbs so I'm looking to get a 158cm board. I've got size 11 boots (DC Scout) and Rome 390 bindings.

I've been looking at camber/camber-dominant boards but there seems to be so few of them. I'm comfortable spending up to about $400, since I'd like to buy a board I can grow into. These are some of the boards I've been considering:

Lib Tech Hot Knife (possibly too advanced for me?)
Gnu Metal Guru (hybrid rocker... not too sure about this one)
Rome Reverb (true camber but expensive, no tech)
Capita NAS (too stiff?)

I've been reading reviews on TheGoodRide and it sounds like the Lib Tech board might be too much for me to handle. Can anyone with experience with it share their thoughts on using it as a beginner board? The 2013 model is on sale for $364 which is a good price IMO.

I'd also welcome any other board suggestions; I haven't necessarily narrowed it down to those specific four, so I'm open to just about anything. Some of the items on my checklist: true twin, camber, medium flex, sintered base, under $400 is nice, and edge tech would be a plus. Thanks!
A Rossi board with Amptek. They make true twin and directional versions. Mid-flex, sintered, camber dominant.

Or the K2 Raygun. Flat camber and extruded.

Edit: Ride machete/machete GT as well.
01-30-2014 12:49 PM
snoopy7548
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Where do you live or ride? There are some resorts that will let you demo a board for a couple days and if you buy a board from them they wont charge you for the demo.

There is a lot of that in Jackson Hole.
I live in MA, and I'll be doing just about all of my riding at Wachusett.
01-30-2014 12:49 PM
djsaad1
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Yeah, I'm prepared to "start over" in the sense that going from a rocker to a camber would be a big change, but I think a camber would suit my future needs better. I've only invested 2 hours learning on the Rossignol, so it's not a huge deal for me to get my ass kicked again.

I have to admit I had my heart set on the Hot Knife because it meets all my requirements and it's not too expensive. I'm planning on going to a board shop tomorrow so I'll see what they recommend.
Where do you live or ride? There are some resorts that will let you demo a board for a couple days and if you buy a board from them they wont charge you for the demo.

There is a lot of that in Jackson Hole.
01-30-2014 12:40 PM
snoopy7548
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That's very different from something like the hot knife. Good boards that are under $400 that would be as easy to handle as the Trickstick would be somethig like the

GNU carbon credit
K2 raygun
Arbor coda

My concern would be learning on a full rocker or catch free type board and then wanting to switch to something with more camber or all camber. It might be quicker to learn on a full camber board like most everyone that has been snowboarding for 5+ years has done, and then decide if you want to go hybrid or not.

So on that note maybe a hot knife would be better for you since it has a lot more camber, but don't expect to be able to ride it like you did the rossiginal right away.
Yeah, I'm prepared to "start over" in the sense that going from a rocker to a camber would be a big change, but I think a camber would suit my future needs better. I've only invested 2 hours learning on the Rossignol, so it's not a huge deal for me to get my ass kicked again.

I have to admit I had my heart set on the Hot Knife because it meets all my requirements and it's not too expensive. I'm planning on going to a board shop tomorrow so I'll see what they recommend.
01-30-2014 12:31 PM
djsaad1
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I used a Rossignol. I'm certain it was the TrickStick 158cm mid-wide.
That's very different from something like the hot knife. Good boards that are under $400 that would be as easy to handle as the Trickstick would be somethig like the

GNU carbon credit
K2 raygun
Arbor coda

My concern would be learning on a full rocker or catch free type board and then wanting to switch to something with more camber or all camber. It might be quicker to learn on a full camber board like most everyone that has been snowboarding for 5+ years has done, and then decide if you want to go hybrid or not.

So on that note maybe a hot knife would be better for you since it has a lot more camber, but don't expect to be able to ride it like you did the rossiginal right away.
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