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|10-16-2012 04:28 AM|
Barracuda is a pure powder stick, might not be best choice for eastern conditions depending on how much time you get in powder.
I would prioritize boots then board then bindings. Driver X is super stiff, might be overkill and over costly.
Look for demo days to try boards.
|10-15-2012 10:41 PM|
First lets get our terms right. All-mountain is not the same as freeride. Freestyle stuff tends to be the softest of most scales, all mountain is in the middle, and freeride is on the stiff end.
If you're an "all mountain" rider it means you'll probably spend 1/3rd of your time on manmade features, 1/3rd of your time on groomers, and 1/3rd of your time off-piste (if available).
Freeride is much more heavily weighted towards off piste riding.
If you're an intermediate rider, looking to do everything on the hill (and not limiting yourself to a particular style) then a mid range all mountain board/boot/binding setup would make the most sense.
Driver X boots are quite stiff and I wouldn't suggest them as a logical step from a soft setup. I ride them, with C60 EST bindings (stiff as fuck) and a T7 board (stiff as fuck too), but I'm a freerider to the core. Watching me in the park is like watching Tom Brady try to run with the football. I can do it but it just ain't right!
So again, go for the middle range of whatever manufacturer(s) you choose. I've been happy with Burton stuff lately but that's me, and I'm riding their top of the line stuff which may make a difference. If you can get your hands on a LOT of different equipment you'll be able to tell the difference yourself. Feel the ratchets, try on the boots, take your time!
New gear can make a world of difference if you've grown out of your old equipment in either size or ability.
|10-15-2012 09:51 PM|
Originally Posted by KIRKRIDER View Post
|10-15-2012 08:53 PM|
All I'm saying is that you need to do your research before you head into T&L on a shopping trip. If you don't, then you might as well buy everything online based on the number of stars it has. With the exception of some of the tech guys, the floor staff hasn't got a clue. Although they think they do.
It's the kind of place that you want to walk in and say "I wanna see this, that and this in a size 10" If the guy says "wanna see this as well?", then you'll have enough knowledge to recognize that what he is offering is entry level crap or a reasonable alternative.
The Surfside guys seem pretty well educated on their product lines and the industry in general.
|10-15-2012 07:03 PM|
Originally Posted by Bones View Post
|10-15-2012 06:57 PM|
For boots... it's really hard to say what will work for you without knowing the shape of your foot. I have super narrow heels and medium wide toes with flat feet and Nitro boots (Team or Select models) work really well for me. If you have a medium wide heel Salomon boots (Dialogue, Synapse, Malamute) are good too. I have tried all of those models and can personally recommend them for you to try out (I listed them in ascending order of stiffness).
For bindings... worry about boots first. then boards.
|10-15-2012 06:51 PM|
|Spyrothedragon9||Yea, the 32 boots I tried on were mushy. I think they make nice jackets though. Can you recommend good quality, stiff boots, bindings, and a board? Something that is good for riding black and double black diamond trails?|
|10-15-2012 06:45 PM|
|10-15-2012 06:43 PM|
My personal opinion, but 32 boots are garbage. The Lashed is a floppy piece of crap. The Tm-Two was a decent medium stiffness boot (5 out of 10 in my scale), but it mushed out in like 20 days. The Prime is better... but support and durability again was an issue. The caveat is that I haven't ridden their boots in 4 years, but I haven't read anything that implies that they have completely redesigned their boots. Now I repeat this is my personal opinion (riding for 15 years, 30-35 days a season).
|10-15-2012 06:38 PM|
Originally Posted by Bones View Post
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