I have been snowboarding for a few years now on a good salomon. I learned how to ride. When my edges are are good i can get pretty much anywhere. I cant do park at ALL. The board is not centered. Which i need. Because its not a park board at all. Spinning is so hard, heavy among other things. The board takes way to much. I have downhill skied my entire life and raced most of it. I know its nice to have the right gear. So im lookin for advice on just that.
Im 5'11, 150-155 lbs, got a 10.5, 10 boot. My current board is a 157 and its at my nose with boots on... Im lookin for a board and bindings right now.
I want a good park setup and that can take mountain if i want to. I dont expect it to be perfect but its nice to take a black every now and then.
Im lookin for bindings that just hold me down with little bulk on the binding. Im not to worried about weigth. I keep hearin about the 390's. Rome 390 Snowboard Binding - Free Shipping! from Dogfunk.com Ratchets only for me. i have never ridden a binding where the front strap is over your toe. Anyways i have been lookin at that link.
For my board i have been lookin at more rome. I have been lookin on the web but im unsure. I saw a review in these forums on the rome graft, excellent review on what im lookin in a board, but a 151 seems to small. Although i havent ridden a 151. 153 sounds nice... if they came in that size. Any good board im in really. Im goin to look at a few board shops soon. I would like to test before i get to a mountain this year but i dont think i can.
I have heard nothing but good things about Rome boards. I bought a Rome Agent on clearance but haven't gotten a chance to ride it because the snow quickly disappeared. Graft is the same as the Agent, but geared towards park while the Agent is all-mountain. I would suggest contacting Rome directly through their website and ask them what size the recommend. They suggested I go with a 158 instead of the 160 I thought I would need (5'10", 190, 9.5 boot).
I have a few buds that rock Rome stuff and love it. Another one you can look at is Ride. I have a DH DFC with Flux Rising Sun Bindings, and I will tell you, it is a great set up. The board is extremely flexy, but stiff enough to hit kickers with. Board works great on rails and boxes. Hung up the first time I hit a box, but it was my own dumb fault. Everyone who has tried it loves it. Just something else to think about.