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Old 11-20-2014, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I have been snowboarding 1-3 times a year for the past 10 years, but I have always rented... I have a 9 day trip to Colorado planned with some old friends. We will be boarding at Vail in the end of February 2015 (which I've heard amazing things about). I decided it is past time that I should own my own board. I would also need bindings, boots, and a travel case. My hope is to get it all for under $450, so no, I'm not looking at top of the line stuff. I literally know nothing about the board market and am worried I will buy crap. If you could help me spend my money like a wise consumer, I would be eternally grateful.

For starters, I found this deal online: System DNR and APX Men's Snowboard Package I was hoping you could tell me if it is garbage or not. If you have any great places to shop, I'd love to hear them. I live in Boston.

Thanks in advance! I'm pumped to finally own my own board.

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Old 11-20-2014, 01:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wiredsport's a great source for inexpensive but quality gear! Make sure you pm him here or email him off the website for getting your boots the correct size.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for backing it up. They seem to have some really cheap deals and a pretty cool build your own snowboard package section.

I am worried about sizing and what not. I thought about going into a shop and having them fit me, but I would feel bad knowing I have no interest in paying in store prices.

Edit: Just spoke with a local shop. It seems like it would end up being around $650-$700 dollars for board/binding/boots. How in the world can it be that much cheaper online? That is crazy.

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Old 11-20-2014, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never heard of that brand, it'll probably be lower quality than anything you've rented.

There's good deals to be found online if you shop around for last year's stuff.

Try Snow Sports up to 70% off at Sierra Trading Post and sign up for their deals, like today they have an additional 35% off already discounted prices. Discount code for today is BRU5744S .

Buying boots online will be a crapshoot, I'd highly recommend trying to find them locally. If you're only buying one quality piece of gear, buy boots. Board size is dependent on your weight so just follow sizing charts (no need to be fitted for those by a shop) and bindings are based on boot size.
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Thanks. That is exactly the kind of golden knowledge I need for this purchase. So you think I will be fine buying a board online for around $250-$275? And after that, I should go into a store to find the right boots / binding combo?I realize this could go over my budget. I guess I'll have to push it to $500.
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My .02 cents.
If you Know exactly what you want, looking at all the deal sites for bargains are great and for the most part that is what I do.
However, If you are looking for a little hand-holding, and expert guidance, from some one who knows snowboards and how to match the right one for your needs. Wired is the way to go as a starting point. You may not ultimately purchase from his store, but He carries many of the top brands, and can help you find what you need.
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Thank you, I appreciate your change in any denomination. I think I will start there. I am impressed by the site's organization and price range.

I need to find a board that is able to handle powder (which I hope and expect to see a lot of in Colorado; also my first powder experience) as well as hard packed icy slopes (again, I live in Boston). Basically, the most all-terrain, handle everything board type out there. I would guess other people from New England have a similar mindset. And then there are bindings... do I go for speed-entry or standard? I guess time will tell.

Thinking about this board puts in a mix between and .
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Thank you, I appreciate your change in any denomination. I think I will start there. I am impressed by the site's organization and price range.

I need to find a board that is able to handle powder (which I hope and expect to see a lot of in Colorado; also my first powder experience) as well as hard packed icy slopes (again, I live in Boston). Basically, the most all-terrain, handle everything board type out there. I would guess other people from New England have a similar mindset. And then there are bindings... do I go for speed-entry or standard? I guess time will tell.

Thinking about this board puts in a mix between and .
The biggest trap you can get yourself into is overthinking your first setup. Get boots that fit well. That board is fine and would serve any beginner well for their first couple seasons. If you're riding longer runs the benefits of speed bindings become less... beneficial.
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Might as well grab the bindings online too, it's pretty easy to figure out from your boot or even shoe size.. I agree with not overthinking your first board purchase. What's your weight? Should be something in your size available on Sierra for 60%+ off retail. Just get a mid-flex twin with some sort of hybrid rocker/camber from one of the more reputable brands.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi GN,

We will be stoked to get you some suggestions. Our Flat Rock DNR would not be my first choice for your description for your area and specs but I have some other ideas.

Thanks guys for your support. That means a lot to us and we will do our best to get GN some good suggestions for his local and for his first Western rampage (whether it be our gear or not).

GN, kindly check for my email.

STOKED!

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