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02-04-2013 05:52 PM
caunyd
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Originally Posted by Rookie09 View Post
No need to return anything unless you want to upgrade the bindings. You've ridden for 8 hours. you're a beginner. Riding 4 hours once a week is not riding a lot at all really. At that pace it will probably take you at least a season to progress out of that gear.

Also, longer/stiffer boards are not always an upgrade. A shorter/flexy board will help you improve better since those boards are easier to control. A high-end freeride board will hurt your progression, not help it.
Wouldn't having a long/stiffer board make me a better rider? Sure, it would take me longer to learn as a beginner, but wouldn't it make me learn how to be precise with my control?
01-30-2013 06:31 AM
King_Pin_Rich IMHO after only 8 hours i'd save save your money until you know what you like to ride. Assuming your kit fits well, its more than capable for the time being.

But hey, its not my money
01-30-2013 05:28 AM
caunyd Well I know that it took me longer to learn how to ski than to snowboard. I feel like the balance required for skiing and snowboarding is similar. I just know that after my 2nd day riding on a snowboard, I felt somewhat comfortable. Maybe I'm overconfident, but I feel like I'll learn quickly, so that's why I asked whether or not I should upgrade my equipment after only 2 days of riding.
01-29-2013 05:39 PM
RJRJRJ
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Originally Posted by EatMyTracers View Post
I'm just curious how it is possible for skiing to help you snowboard, they are hardly similar.
Maybe just familiarity with the snow...being comfortable on it and understanding how it reacts with with certain inputs. Maybe not being afraid to fall.

I agree though, that the actual acts are not similar. I skiid before snowboarding and it helped me about 0%.
01-29-2013 05:27 PM
EatMyTracers I'm just curious how it is possible for skiing to help you snowboard, they are hardly similar.
01-29-2013 05:24 PM
Rookie09
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Originally Posted by Sudden_Death View Post
A stiffer boot is will transfer energy more efficiently so it would be more responsive. It may be less comfortable but I have been in really soft boots that caused my feet to hurt way more than some stiffer pairs. However if they both fit exactly the same the softer ones would be more comfortable for walking around the parking lot and that.
I agree. And softer boots are better for beginners. They don't react quite as sharply as stiffer boots which will make your mistakes not have as many consequences. For example, if you get lazy for a second, your board won't turn and catch an edge quite as quickly with soft boots than it would with stiff boots. Same principle can be applied to board and bindings as well.
01-29-2013 04:17 PM
Sudden_Death A stiffer boot is will transfer energy more efficiently so it would be more responsive. It may be less comfortable but I have been in really soft boots that caused my feet to hurt way more than some stiffer pairs. However if they both fit exactly the same the softer ones would be more comfortable for walking around the parking lot and that.
01-29-2013 04:04 PM
caunyd Does stiffness or flexibility of the boot matter? Or is it purely comfort?
01-28-2013 11:42 PM
Rookie09 No need to return anything unless you want to upgrade the bindings. You've ridden for 8 hours. you're a beginner. Riding 4 hours once a week is not riding a lot at all really. At that pace it will probably take you at least a season to progress out of that gear.

Also, longer/stiffer boards are not always an upgrade. A shorter/flexy board will help you improve better since those boards are easier to control. A high-end freeride board will hurt your progression, not help it.
01-28-2013 11:39 PM
RJRJRJ Thats not a beginner set. Its "entry level", i.e. the least expensive of the good quality gear.

But I agree that the bindings are the weakest link. I havent heard much good stuff about them.

The board is beyond good enough, particularly if youre just learning.

Boots are only as good as you think they are. If they fit well and are comfy, then theyre good. If not, definitely get something that you like more.
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