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Old 12-07-2014, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've been snowboarding a good 5 years now I think, never as much as I'd like to so I'm not great, this is what I can do

I can go down even the really steep ass trails without a problem and without falling (I can even book it without using the edges to the point where every tiny bump lifts me a little, but my board is stiff and meant for fast speed), I used to be able to flatground backside 360 last season, I've only landed one 360 off a jump that was frontside 2 seasons ago, I can go down basic boxes and stuff but this year I really want to go hard and get better, I'm tired of being really freaking bad.

Anyway I know it's a bad excuse but I want to blame a lot of it on my equipment, I selected all of it without knowing crap about it, got a too big snowboard for my height and weight, didn't know boots and bindings or even the board had a flex rating, so they could be all different flex ratings. I just matched it to color. When I ride a friends' board, it is so much better

The type of board, boots, and bindings I want is so that I can do sick presses and butters and stuff on, but also so that I can get BIG ASS air and pop. But I would really like to be able to do BOTH. Can anyone recommend a recent model of boots,bindings,board that I can just get big ass air on and be able to do nice terrain tricks too? I say recent model because I suppose technology gets better every year lol. I can spend up to 800 on all three. If possible, also some stylish looking stuff too so it looks good all together. But big ass air + good ass terrain takes precedence over looking stylish.

BTW my height is 5'8" and im 155 pounds

I know it's a lot to ask, but I REALLY WANT to get good this season

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Old 12-07-2014, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the equipment you currently have?

Being good for big jumps requires a bit of stiffness and stability, whereas presses and butters are easier on a softer board, so there will be a bit of a trade off. Personally I'd go for something mid-stiff with a CRC profile. Good edge hold, plenty of pop, rocker in the middle keeps it playful. Something like a NS Proto HD or Libtech TRS, Rome 390 bosses, and a mid flex boot as well that fits perfectly.
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know it's a lot to ask, but I REALLY WANT to get good this season
ride 100 days.

Otherwise your gear is just gonna continue to mysteriously disappoint.

Its cool that you want better gear, and chances are you are due for an upgrade. But getting better this year has about 1% to do with all that new gear you are gonna get and how many days you can spend on the mountain. I'll give a few extra percent to the false confidence new shit gives cuz even if its false it often works.

Seems like you want a park board? Do some reading.

Check out some well fitted 32 Tm-Twos.

Aftermarket insoles like Remind.

Get a twin.

What are u riding now?

Be prepared to not find the pop and butterability in the same board at the same level. One usually precludes teh other. If u can butter it doesn't matter.
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What is the equipment you currently have?

Being good for big jumps requires a bit of stiffness and stability, whereas presses and butters are easier on a softer board, so there will be a bit of a trade off. Personally I'd go for something mid-stiff with a CRC profile. Good edge hold, plenty of pop, rocker in the middle keeps it playful. Something like a NS Proto HD or Libtech TRS, Rome 390 bosses, and a mid flex boot as well that fits perfectly.
I like those suggestions. But like snowklinger said - getting new gear isn't going to turn you into Torstein Horgmo over night. Take some lessons and spend a lot of time practicing. Also don't worry so much about matching colors and all that bullshit. No one even sees (or cares) if your gear matches when you're riding.
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Also don't worry so much about matching colors and all that bullshit. No one even sees (or cares) if your gear matches when you're riding.
Amen. if it matches, bonus.....but it should never be a deal breaker.
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ride 100 days.

Otherwise your gear is just gonna continue to mysteriously disappoint.

Its cool that you want better gear, and chances are you are due for an upgrade. But getting better this year has about 1% to do with all that new gear you are gonna get and how many days you can spend on the mountain. I'll give a few extra percent to the false confidence new shit gives cuz even if its false it often works.

Seems like you want a park board? Do some reading.

Check out some well fitted 32 Tm-Twos.

Aftermarket insoles like Remind.

Get a twin.

What are u riding now?

Be prepared to not find the pop and butterability in the same board at the same level. One usually precludes teh other. If u can butter it doesn't matter.
Tottally with you. Becoming a better rider > expensive gear.

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Old 12-08-2014, 05:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the board is pretty old, its called nitro target recoil, the bindings are forum but idk what kind, boots are dc also idk what model. umm, so you all really think I should just keep snowboarding? all my stuff is white and like all yellowing cuz of the age and sitting in my basement lol, i wanted something good since I feel it'll make me commit more. it's kind of like when I started skateboarding and had a crap k-mart board and sucked for a long time, then when i got a better board I was able to actually do stuff. the main reason i think my gear is trash is because the snowboard is like 150cm and im 5'8 155lb, it has like no flex. when i use my friends, im able to manual all way down the mountain, and do cooler butters

but if you guys think 100 days ill do 100 days, i think i got a good 30 down

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Old 12-08-2014, 05:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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$380 gets you a Flow Chill with Fuse Hybrids from me. Both in like new condition and pretty much the closest thing to what you want. A super poppy jibbier board with a little bit stiffer binding.

flow.com look em up. I have a thread in the for sale section with pics.
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I say stick to what you have, but if you have the money and it isn't going to break the bank then why not get new stuff. The first ever board i bought was a 2012 burton aftermath (msrp 450, only paid 290) last November and i loved it!!. Edge hold was nice, a little stiffer tho and since it was camber i wasn't too great on rails and stuff. I noticed a crack on the top of the board so sent it to burton and the accepted it and gave $540 TOWARDS A NEW BORAD!!!!! I like to think i have the same sorta skills as you and I'm gonna buy the burton custom, not sure whether i want flying V or not tho. Bindings i don't know anything about other than i want burton genesis best. Boots i haven't a clue either. Hope i helped
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I would get nice comfortable boots. Make sure you have somebody fit them for you in a store (this may take an hour or two, some annoyance on the fitters end and a tip would be good).

This will be the start. I can't agree with Klinger enough though, more time on the mountain will be your best bet but if your boots suck, so will everything else.
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