Originally Posted by mpdsnowman
Sara wants to snowboard with her friends. Never did it before. So mommy and daddy go spend money in a prime retail snowboard shop. Ahhhhh says the salesman here is a BURTON! The originator of snowboarding. Mommy brings it home @ $399.00, sara also received the $250.00 burton jacket, the $199 burton pants, the $75.00 hat with logo and the $15.00 thong...forget the thong she got that on her own. Bottom line she is a walking greenhorn billboard for burton.
Haha this made me laugh! I am Sara! Only it's my money, not mom and dad's, and in my defense I had a rationale. I knew NOTHING about snowboarding, had $600 for ALL my gear (from the hat on my head to the board on my feet). I knew Burton because of their crazy branding ability. Therefore I spent more on what I thought would be quality softgoods (Burton), so if it turned out riding was not for me I could chalk the board etc. to a loss, but I'd still have a quality coat!
AND chances are most people do start boarding at an age where their parents will buy/gift them their gear. I won't begrudge them that fact, lucky them! Wish it was me! Everyone was a greenhorn once. I know I am.... and yeah it sucks. I know everyone's always looking at me thinking, "Wow! That girl is ridiculous." But I'll only get better and learn about new companies if I get out (Yes, is my spiffy Burton Chopper Jacket) and go for it.
Finally, I looked at this forum because I am looking for a new board and don't know where to turn. And after a very short first year of riding I am trying to figure out a fairly decent board to get and I still am not too familiar with other companies. So I think everyone should keep on with their recommendations, so people like me can learn something!
After a read through I realized this may come off as something other than lighthearted. But it really is! I did feel ridiculous in my $400 outfit on $200 of gear. But I also felt ridiculous falling on my a$$ about 40 times my first few days out, so I figure at least I was consistent!