I wanted to buy a snowboard for my girlfriend who is a beginner. I was looking at the 5150 boards because I think they have the best look for her. However, I noticed that these boards are quite a bit cheaper than other boards I saw on sites like evogear or dogfunk. Would a $100 range be good enough for a beginner. What do the more expensive boards offer that make it more expensive (what quality do I sacrifice by going cheaper)? The 5150 board I was looking at was this one(5150 Empress Mini Girls Snowboard 138 cm Blue).
Is this 138cm board big enough for her (she is around 95 lbs and 5'2")? Also since this is the 'mini empress' and not the 'empress' what is the sacrifice (again are what quality losses are we talking about)?
well this is what i think. if you wanna buy her a board so you two can go snowboarding together and have a good time and stuff, then i dont think it really matters what the brand is. i mean, a board is a board right? i can see why hard core snowboarders like burton avenger and whoever are hella judgemental if they do like tournaments and ride park a lot and stuff. then they have to be careful about what board they use. but anyways, in your case i dont think it really matters what the brand is.
they are a very low-quality brand that has no high quality products. They are basically a super-budget company targeted toward newbies who refuse to spend a lot of money. Your girl could probably make do on a 5150 if she is totally brand new and you dont think she will progress fast. However once she gets past the total novice stage shes gonna want something better.
5150 is the arm pit of the k2 corporations snow line. Its low end crap thats designed to attract people at sporting good stores. There built cheaply with low end materials. If you're going to drop the money on a board for her you might as well put her on something thats a bit more durable and safe. If she's a 12 year old kid with no regard to their gear, its fine to buy stuff like that.
So if 5150 is not a good brand, are there any good brands at a bargain price?
I was kind of under the same impression of xavier1 that the board is not so critical as say bindings and boots are. However, like I said I am no expert. If I spend more money on a board, what do I get in return (i.e. does it cut better, more durable, etc.)?
Thanks a bunch for the quality info. I hope your post will help others such as myself who are confused by the whole thing. Now I feel I know the topic much better. And I agree, Rome and Atomics look nice at a descent price. Thanks again.