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Old 02-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So here is my dilemma, other than waiting too late to get into snowboarding. I can't decide if I should get my own gear, or just keep renting. My local ski park closes early March depending on weather. Probable mid March seeing we have 6 more weeks of winter and a shit ton of snow. Paying for a couple more trips there and I could own a decent entry level set-up. Shitty thing about that is, I'll only enjoy it for less than a month. UNLESS, I find an opportunity to travel out west during spring break.
If I had my own gear, I could find some decent hills closer to my house and hone in the fundamental skills of boarding without the temptations of just blasting down the “big” hills at the park. I could perfect my balance, learn to switch ride (better), and develop better board control. That way if I did get out west I would be more prepared for the mountains out there. I think I would gain more confidence that way too.
On the other hand, renting seems more appropriate. I can develop all those skills at the ski park of course. But then, I would just see all this snow out my back door go to waste. All those hills that are free, and 5 minutes from my house, calling my name, just wasted away. See the convenience? Paying 70$ a pop at Perfect North and all I'll want to do is blast down the big hills and struggle to keep good posture. Sure I could stick to the bunny hills there, but why pay that much money for that when I have bunny hills in my own back yard?
The more I write this I feel more confident I feel in buying my own gear. What would you guys do? Did any of this make sense? I have a tendency to throw people off in my writings.

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Old 02-06-2014, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought my own equipment after 2 days of snowboarding. By that point I knew I would be sticking with it. Of course in my case the late-season sales had started so I paid 50% or less.

Here's a question for you: how much more do you think you'll pay worst case buying now vs renting for the rest of the season. $100? $150? Don't know anything about you, but how significant is that in the grand scheme of your life? Sometimes people get too torqued about absolutely avoiding any possibility of "losing" any amount of money, or making a decision that might be less than 100% optimal. Get over it. Unless the downside will cripple you, go with what will give you the most enjoyment. That's what life is for. The other thing is called "existing".
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're dead set on getting into boarding, awesome for you I always just looked at how expensive it is to rent more than a few times and thought 'even if I do buy a really good quality deck, it'll pay itself off in the first season' of course my first board was just a used board I could find for $100 and I still ride it every now and again because it is a lot of fun. So in my opinion I will always advocate getting your own setup earlier on if you can find it cheap and if you're sure you're actually gonna stick with riding.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm dead set on sticking with this sport. I don't have ALOT of money, so any chance I can get on taking advantage of a descent hill close to me for free, I'll be happy. A rossi board, rossi battle bindings and a red trace helmet will set me back 250.00 plus I'll get a pair of pimp'in new shades whoop whoop. I'll spend that on my 3rd trip to the park. Of course I'll still need boots before I board around home. I can swoop up a pair at the park for free. Which brings me to the most bazaar question yall might ever read. How stupid would it be to snowboard in Muck Boots? I know I wouldn't ride my motorcycle in hiking boots, and wouldnt hike in race boots. I'm guessing the same concept goes with snowboarding? That question doesnt make you guys wanna kick my ass does it lol?
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The single biggest advantage for me in terms of buying my own gear was a pair of boots that fit really well. Rental shops usually only stock a couple of styles and only in full sizes. The increased comfort from boots that fit my feet instead of some "average" was worth it alone.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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By far the most important piece of equipment a snowboarder has is his boots. Without good, proper fitting boots, the best board/binding combo in the world will suck ass.

It'd be kind of like putting some used, bald tires on your bike. Great bike, but sure does suck with those shitty tires, right? Except what you're talking about wouldn't be equivalent to used, bald tires. It'd be like putting wheelbarrow tires on your bike. LOL!
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Two weeks after I get this board I'll be looking for boots. I've done alot of research and plan on getting some good boots. Not too many places close to me sell snowboard gear. But I tried on every pair Dicks had to get a feel for size and every thing.
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You won't want to use non-snowboarding boots in general, but Mucks would be absolutely terrible. They have like zero stiffness and support through the ankle.
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Dick's just carries the most popular items of the mainstream brands, but living in Indy, that's probably about as good as you're gonna do. They'll have everything you need to get started for sure.
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You won't want to use non-snowboarding boots in general, but Mucks would be absolutely terrible. They have like zero stiffness and support through the ankle.
sounds like a broken ankle just waiting to happen.
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