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05-27-2010 02:05 PM
Leo Actually, I'm more inclined to believe that you run a higher risk of damaging your board the better you get. People collisions, lift line bumps, and things of that nature will happen no matter your skill level. When you fall, you fall. The difference about being skilled is you do new maneuvers and more things to your board. You will also ride more types of terrain with more experience.

You should splurge on good boots not because you should worry about damaging a nice board, but because a bad pair of boots will make that nice board a crappy one.

It's like having a Ferrari, but you live in a trailer park.
05-27-2010 01:56 PM
Originally Posted by khans View Post
splurge on boots & bindings.
Winner winner, chicken dinner.

I spent a lot of time running over stuff and into people when I was learning. Well, not a lot, but enough. I'd be pissed if I bought a nice pow/groomer board and ruined it rocks and in the lift line. You can always take your boots and bindings to your next board.
05-27-2010 12:26 PM
khans I started snowboarding 4 years ago and got a cheap boots/bindings/board package on E-bay. I wanted to make sure I was going to actually stick with it (I had only boarded once before and was hooked, so the next winter I was crazy addicted).

I bought a cheap Morrow board, crappy boots, and crappy bindings (didn't know it at the time). I loved my board, it was a fantastic learner board for me.
I wear a size 8 boot/shoe, but when they came they were kinda tight. I figured 'screw it' - but it was MISERABLE. My bindings were the ratchet style OVER my foot and worked well for a while, but I strapped into my big brother's board (with the toe ratchet) and it made a HUGE difference. I felt so much more stable.

So I guess even though I don't know a LOT about snowboarding, I'd say get an okay board your first year, rip it up so you're not destroying a nice board your first year, but splurge on boots & bindings.

I know several boots you can get have the inserts than can be heat molded to your foot. I don't have them, but a friend does, and he says they're insanely comfortable.

05-26-2010 11:59 AM
wrathfuldeity Depending where on whidbey, u are about 2 hours from the holyland. Late nov/early dec is the usual start of the season, the new high-end stuff will be scarce by then but u shouldn't have much difficulty finding entry to intermediate stuff. IMO best swap is the baker ski swap, for shops there is Hidden Wave in Burlington, and in bham there is WWS, sportsman's chalet, yeagers, rei, and near the hill is the Mt Baker Snowboard Shop...also probably forgetting some others. There will be lots of stuff on bellingham and seattle clist. If you come across a good deal get it, but I've been amazed at the local stuff you can have the locals that ride the shit out of their stuff and its trashed from 60+ days of riding and they make benches out of it or give it away...but the gaper/tourist/occasional recreational/wanabe stuff can be great...the majority of my stuff was/is used highend. Late dec is prime holiday retail so you might beg or barrow (locals have basement loads of equipment that if you befriend and let them know you are a beginner they will let you barrow it...most nuts have at least 1-2 old setups as backup or to loan to friend) or rent the first month or two and then used stuff will start showing up and end of season stuff in april and may.
05-26-2010 11:19 AM
jadam042 We'll be moving to Whidbey Island, WA. We will probably be visiting Mt. Baker.

I'll take your advice on just trying on boots for now and zeroing down on a couple specific brands and models, that's a really good idea.

So do you think I should just hold off on getting my bindings and what not until I actually get out there? I wont be getting there until probably late December after I finish the Fall semester.

Any sick/hole-in-the-wall shops you recommend in WA, preferably less than an hour away from Deception Pass??
05-26-2010 11:10 AM
wrathfuldeity Washington state, where u guys moving to? There is lots of great used stuff in and near the hills, some excellent swaps in October and clist that happen closer to the season. Go ahead and research; boots first...if u can try lots on and perhaps zero down on a brand, model and size and then wait for it. Many folks out here at least have a groomer board and a pow board; cause with our dumpage a regular groomer board just doesn't work on the best days. The other thing is you need rain shell gear, preferably at least 10,000mm or better; and flat-light high intensity goggles. At swaps you can pick up good usable stuff for beginners for insanely cheap (if not free from a local friendly...gave 3 old boards...k2, option, m3 away last year) and often find good used high-end stuff from 1-2 years ago for 10% of msrp.
05-26-2010 09:40 AM
Leo Great deals here. I highly suggest you try and do some research on boots first. They are actually the most important part of your setup. Bad boots make badass snowboards and bindings suck. Vans and Roxy are solid brands for cheap in this link. Try and avoid speed lacing with the exception of BOA, unless the deal is really that good for you. Speed laces aren't that bad, especially for a beginner, but they aren't too great for longevity.

Ideally, I'd want you to come into one of our shops to try the boots on, but since you don't live in Michigan, it's a gamble. You can always return them though.

Womens Snoboard Boot Clearance Sale

Bindings here. The K2 Bliss is a good beginner binding. The Rossignol Amber is a great binding for $99 that you can grow into.
05-26-2010 09:25 AM
jadam042 I'll try to find a shop or two here in Norfolk, VA before heading out west just to figure out what would work best.

I'm not really looking for anything too fancy until I get the hang of riding and figure out what I, personally, must look for in bindings/boots.

Thanks for all your help, guys!
05-26-2010 09:18 AM
lilfoot1598 They are crap, which is why they're so cheap. But if you don't have a lot of money, they'll work for beginners for a few seasons. Check out ebay for good deals, as well as sites like and
05-26-2010 09:16 AM
baldylox Sims boots tend to fit a slimmer calf. Don't buy boots without being fitted properly at your local shop.
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