Need advice for new WIDE snowboard limited to REI website
Well its going on my 5th season and I think its time to buy new gear. I started off on a (2006)Burton King 162 wide board with Burton Cartels (2006) and that's all I know and ever had from the start. I wear a a size 14 snowboard boot Vans Cirro (2008) (street shoes 13), I'm 6'2 weighing in at 215lbs at the moment (ranges from 210-220 at times). My riding style is "ALL MOUNTAIN", I consider myself advance intermediate (IMO) although very one demisional. I bomb groomed runs and run through the trees and off trails with no fear. I rarely hit the park but would like something that I can jump off the groomed slopes in the park area and that would be a great all around board. My weaknesses are switch, jumps, and anything park. My strengths pretty much is no fear, lol and control of fast speeds. My resorts that I usually hit are Northstar, Sierra, Heavenly, Kirkwood. With that being said which board would you get from REI here: Snowboards / Wide Snowboards at REI.com | 100% Satisfaction Guarantee | Free Shipping to REI stores I shop at REI because of their great return satisfaction gauranteed policy. If you need any other info from me and my riding style please ask. Thanks!
It may just be me, but it seems as though my gear is really heavy from board to boots and all. Is it possible to get lighter stuff and still have a great board? Even my boots are damn heavy. When just standing still and trying to do a 180 on the flats is hard to complete.
From that page ..Ride Highlife, K2 Turbo dream/Slayblade , Custom X if u want camber.
Get a lighter boots, when i got my new salomons it was like night and a day compared to my old ride boots...maybe half a weight.
I have a friend who used to race dh and boarderx who has been riding a Roundhouse the last few yrs. He said it's prob the best all mountain board he's ever owned. That said, a couple friends and I are all lusting after the Slayblade too.
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I've been on my Roundhouse for the past two seasons. The Roundhouse excels at bombing/speed/free-riding. I've started to do more park stuff (mainly boxes, jumps) as well as pipe. I've been happy with it there but of course it's not a park board at all. It's a directional fast board that has an ofset stance. Sounds really good for your style of riding - even if you are going to start to hit the park more.
Also - does good in POW but don't have to worry about that much over here on the East coast.
And it should be lighter than some of the other boards - look at specs.