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Old 11-11-2008, 08:25 AM   #21 (permalink)
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If you want a practical demo of how easy it is to mount bindings then do a search on youtube, like "snowboard mount bindings." There are quite a few instructional vids that will help you out. I asked about mounting my own bindings not long ago and the general response was that it was shit-easy. I figured I may as well learn from the start so I can change my stance etc. when the time comes, without relying on a shop to do it for me.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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What about Lamar/LTD boards. Just getting started so don't want to burn my wallet on expensive stuff. Saw some of these online, but not sure the quality
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:51 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I bought a LTD Peak 151 board at a local shop for my first snowboard last season. Its held up well and i could still use it again at the mountain this year if i wanted, and i will probably use it early season if there isnt good snow as the board i dont care about dinging up. Its nothing special, and to me feels a tad heavy but for what i paid for it which was like 150 bucks it was a great way to get into the sport and not have to deal with the crappy rental boards anymore. I could probably craigslist it and get half my cash back if i wanted though...

If i have any advice for you for your first season or two if you are on a budget, or are not sure if you will get into the sport is

Buy the best boots you can afford that fit right, money can buy comfort in terms of boots, but it comes down to how your foots shaped. Bad fitting or uncomfortable boots will ruin your day, where as not having a super high end board a a newbie wont be as big of a deal. If you go out now you MAY be able to still snatch up some 07 series good boots for 150-200ish.

Buy decent bindings, and then buy a board for whatever else your willing to spend.
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What about Lamar/LTD boards. Just getting started so don't want to burn my wallet on expensive stuff. Saw some of these online, but not sure the quality
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:06 PM   #25 (permalink)
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If you want an atomic board for under 200, I can find a ton of websites with older models for under 200. I found a cold smoke for 199.99 in a couple of locations, so if you want I can get you one of those sites. But it dooes depend on your wallet.

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I bought a LTD Peak 151 board at a local shop for my first snowboard last season. Its held up well and i could still use it again at the mountain this year if i wanted, and i will probably use it early season if there isnt good snow as the board i dont care about dinging up. Its nothing special, and to me feels a tad heavy but for what i paid for it which was like 150 bucks it was a great way to get into the sport and not have to deal with the crappy rental boards anymore. I could probably craigslist it and get half my cash back if i wanted though...

If i have any advice for you for your first season or two if you are on a budget, or are not sure if you will get into the sport is

Buy the best boots you can afford that fit right, money can buy comfort in terms of boots, but it comes down to how your foots shaped. Bad fitting or uncomfortable boots will ruin your day, where as not having a super high end board a a newbie wont be as big of a deal. If you go out now you MAY be able to still snatch up some 07 series good boots for 150-200ish.

Buy decent bindings, and then buy a board for whatever else your willing to spend.
Thanks man. I think I'll take your advice on the boots. The board and bindings aren't that important right now since I'll prob spend most of the time on my a$$ at first. I was also looking at some SIMS boards at the local sports authority. Might just go that route to start
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:15 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Legally and others,
even though boards like lamar, 24/7, 5150 are crap, what impact is that going to have on someone learning how to board, especially in an area like WI (me) where the snow isn't usually that great (but it might be this year 120"+ maybe)? Is it worth to pay 450 for a board when you're a beginner, or will you be able to learn effectively on a 199 board? I think that's the root of alot of noobs questions.
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:12 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Just my opinion but I think it can make a big difference if you're riding a decent board versus a good one. I'm not talking top dollar but a good stick can make a difference. It's true that a beginner won't have as much control or skill to really use a lot of the fancy stuff out there but there's a big difference in weight alone between something like a 24/7 and a GNU Altered Genetics. I went from a Rossignol to the Alt G. HUGE difference for me.
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Old 11-15-2008, 02:44 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I think you should rent if you can. Lamar and LTD: I heard they are one of the worst but I'm not sure.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:24 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Renting is also an option, although i wouldn't rent from the mountain unless you know they have decent gear. I never really liked the gear(or 30+ minute lines to rent) at Mt Hood Meadows out here, it was never very comfortable nor setup right looking back.

Best bet, at least out here is to rent at one of the ski/snowboard shops on the way up to the mountain, usually cheaper for better gear. They may have something like that out there...

If you need cheap though, i would get the low end of one of the better board makers. Or look on ebay/craigslist in your local area, i know out here in Oregon you can get some sick deals. Like 3-4 year old boards that were higher end boards selling for under $200...they wont have all the latest advances...but only a few years ago they were considered to be the best and would be more than adequate for starting...

You'd be surprised the deals you can find on craigslist some times, people having to move, pay bills they cant afford and are willing to sell their toys at ridiculous prices to get cash..

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