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02-06-2014 08:26 PM
mhaas I don't think you necessarily have to spend big on boots. They just have to be comfortable. Any legitimate snowboarding boot that fits will do they job. I ride 100+ days a year and wear Burton Hail boots that cost me like 109 dollars because they were the previous years model. I had the same boot, and felt that they were comfortable so I bought the same kinda and size.

When buying used, do a search of what they are selling and how much it costs new. People think that snowboarding gear doesn't depreciate in value and try to re sell it for like 15 dollars less than they paid for it 8 years ago. If its more than 1 or 2 years old, you should be paying wayyyy less than original retail.

You could get away with older bindings but your gonna want your board to be newer since they will physically deteriorate faster.
02-06-2014 06:19 PM
Chauncey Buy new boots and check out Kijiji, Craigslist or the classifieds here. New people buy new stuff, quit snowboarding and dump it with a nice discount. Maybe a scratch or three but that's worth saving $100-200.
02-06-2014 02:52 PM
WillyFister?052 Aw hell the first listing is the board I been checking out "Rossi Contrast".... I'll take that for $45 any day. Opps I read it wrong its a burton, still I'll check it out
02-06-2014 02:27 PM
WillyFister?052 Wow Indy has some pretty decent snow shops. In all honesty the park would provide the best terrain to learn on. Any hill around me, I would be down in the matter of 3 seconds. I would have to release and walk back up the hill. I'd spend the whole day walking up a hill. I don't HAVE to rip down the hill at a park. Then I could get a lift back up. Think I will be buying some 32's. They felt great. I would so much rather be in those boots than rental boots. In reality I'm only going to get a few more runs in this year. More if I had my own board, but ya boots come first. I know yall said go big on boots, but $130 is about as big as I want to go for now. I'll pick up a board closer to March when the prices drop more. Muck boots, what the hell was I thinking.......
02-06-2014 01:13 PM
speedjason if you have the money, I would just go ahead and buy the stuff. you will get your money back after just renting for 10 days. besides, you know your own stuff will be perfect fit and clean (nasty rental boots).
I bought mine after going snowboarding for three days. you can buy last years model for less than half of the price for this years.
02-06-2014 01:03 PM
ekb18c I bought my own gear the 2nd day trying snowboarding and I haven't stopped buying.

I'm looking forward to all the sales coming up in March.
02-06-2014 12:25 PM
poutanen Yeah, buy used first if you're on a budget. It's like buying a used car, you get the same thing without the new car smell for 30% of the MSRP... Buy your boots new, and don't be cheap about boots! A lot of us here learned in winter boots, I still remember my first pair of ACTUAL snowboarding boots and thinking I'd landed in heaven. When I feel them now they're a wet noodle, but were tons better than riding in walmart winter boots.
02-06-2014 12:05 PM
Originally Posted by WillyFister?052 View Post
Which brings me to the most bazaar question yall might ever read. How stupid would it be to snowboard in Muck Boots? I know I wouldn't ride my motorcycle in hiking boots, and wouldnt hike in race boots. I'm guessing the same concept goes with snowboarding? That question doesnt make you guys wanna kick my ass does it lol?
That question makes me want to hit you over the head with a snowboard, and then ride you over on your own motorcycle.

I have plenty of good motorcycle gear and do not ride in non-motorcycling boots/jacket, but I would sooner take my motorcycle for a spin in flip flops than go out snowboarding without a proper snowboarding boot. Motorcycle gear is mainly for protection and unless you crash, you may not notice as much difference between a hiking boot and a proper motorcycling one. When you snowboard, the boot plays an important role every single second of your ride. You will hurt yourself in more ways that you think if you attempt to ride in the snow in regular boots, even if you don't wipe out.

I would say get the boots first, then pick up any board and binding you can afford. Make sure to try the boots with the binding, some have a larger outer shell and will not fit in a binding that another boot of the same nominal size will work just fine with.
02-06-2014 12:02 PM
Originally Posted by linvillegorge View Post
Dick's just carries the most popular items of the mainstream brands, but living in Indy, that's probably about as good as you're gonna do. They'll have everything you need to get started for sure.
There is a couple of shops, Sun Vally Sports, Skiers Edge Pro Shop, REI.
All this talk just makes me wanna ride. I'm out, gonna get something to eat and find these stores.

You guys are the greatest, Thanks everybody.
02-06-2014 11:56 AM
Originally Posted by trapper View Post
You won't want to use non-snowboarding boots in general, but Mucks would be absolutely terrible. They have like zero stiffness and support through the ankle.
sounds like a broken ankle just waiting to happen.
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