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Old 08-12-2009, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Peeps,

I'm somewhat of a noob... ok I lie, I'm a complete noob. With that statement straight, I contradict myself (a little) by saying I've read several posts about the ICS system and what people's thoughts are. However this post isn't about Burton's world domination attempts with ICS.

My contemplated purchase would be my first board. I started snowboarding this year and loved it, so much so that I want to try and get out about 4 or 5 times a year. I want one board and have been between the Custom ICS and Custom X. Does anyone have any recommendations between the two of which is the better all-around board?

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Old 08-12-2009, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Custom...it's softer so more forgiving for a noob.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Agreed. Custom over Custom X

But for further advice, what makes you want to spend that much money on a first set-up? One that IMHO you're not good enough to appreciate yet. I don't know what Burtons pricing is for '10 but for last season your minimum cost for a Custom ICS and ICS bindings was $800, not including boots. Thats a lot. My dream set-up of all time costs just a little more than that...with boots!

If you want a beginner freindly board that you can progress on and even kill it with once you are a better rider, look at boards like the CAPiTA Quiver Killer, K2 Believer, Ride Antic... much more affordable boards that don't limit you to buying $250 and up bindings. Instead of dropping $800 on a setup, you can easily drop to $550. For the ultimate penny pincher setup thats still worth riding, get a CAPiTA Stairmaster and Union Cadet DLX. That will run you $490 plus tax (+shipping if you order online from somewhere that charges it).
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've found the Custom for about 250 and the Custom X for 375, but without bindings. I don't mind spending the money on a first setup but I was thinking around 500 or so. However if the Custom X is better in the long run I don't mind dropping the extra 125.

I'm more concerned about getting a better all-round board, however that might be the lack of experience talking but I'm also thinking about the stiffer board (X) coursing a harder learning curve.

Your probably right about the skill level and appreciation, but I'm thinking more long term. I don't want to outgrow the setup over a year or less, so I'd prefer a better setup now and save the money later. Thanks for the recommendations I'll defiantly take a look.

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The custom is truly a great all around board for riding everything. The custom X is for those who ride big backcountry booters and need that stiff flex. The custom isn't really soft either. I would say it's just above a medium flex.
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I didn't want to say anything at the beginning, but if you're concerned about keeping the board and progressing with it, why not look elsewhere. I have anything against Burton, but I think there's so much more available for so much less that doesn't have the Big "B" on it.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That makes a lot of sense, so the Custom is a better all-round board? What about some of the other boards? Is there a better all-round in your opinion?

Secondly, If I do go for a second board later that's more specific I'm kind of screwed with the ICS System, so I can lead onto 2 other questions... 1) How do other Burton boards fare up again the competition for more specific terrain? and 2) when people have 2 boards, do they stick with one set of bindings or is it too much hassle?

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I didn't want to say anything at the beginning, but if you're concerned about keeping the board and progressing with it, why not look elsewhere. I have anything against Burton, but I think there's so much more available for so much less that doesn't have the Big "B" on it.
This is great stuff, thanks people.

I'm not name chasing, more to the point it was recommended to me from a friend. I'm completely open to suggestions. So if you have any... Feel free.

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Burton builds some quality gear. It's just that once you go Burton, you're sometimes stuck in the Burton cycle. For example, if you buy a Burton board, you'll need Burton bindings; your board breaks but your bindings are fine, you may need to buy another Burton board. You can see the cycle. To me, there's just so much tech out there now that I want to try (ie TBT) that being limited to Burton would just be limiting.

Some other all-mountain board suggestions would be:
- K2 Darkstar/Parkstar
- Bataleon ET
- Rome Agent
- Capita Indoor Survival

And yeah, although you don't need two sets of bindings for your boards, most a set for each board.
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also can always buy used and save BUKU paper. ebay and craigslist are your friends. find what you want and search it,someone some where is selling an older version of what you want ya dig
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