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Old 01-02-2010, 02:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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beginner, gear doesn't matter too much...imho riding stiff cambered boards makes you develop better skills than a noodle rockered...but its a tougher learning curve.
Riding a stiff cambered board makes you develop better skills riding stiff cambered boards. Riding a noodle rockered makes you develop better skills riding noodle rockered boards. Do you think your brain says to itself "oh since I'm riding a noodle rockered I am only going to apply 60% of my learning capacity since this is an 'easier' platform to learn on"? You will learn as fast as you learn regardless of what board you are on. The difference will probably be more of a psychological one where a more punishing learning process (more falls, more pain) may take some of the fun out of it and make the rider less likely to want to continue.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I know this is stupid question, but hear me out.

I started off with cheap broadset that most people dont even know about because I was noob.

my friend also started off with cheap board sets, but after he got better, he got himself burton sets. and this guy is actually good considering how short amount of times he snowboarded.
and what he says is good gear actually changes, or helps.
is this true?

Well there is definately difference in flexibility, and the shape (a little bit)
I actually want to get myself decent gears because I am not in beginner level anymore.
but I always doubt that having a better gear wont change my skill, which held me back from getting new stuff

I mean, my friend also makes sense because if good gear didnt help at all, there shouldnt be any reason for good riders to use good gears (Iam not even sure what determines good gear tho)
if nothing changes then you might as well use cheap ones.

so tell me your thoughts, what you think?
1. Tell me how many days youve snowboarded
2. Take an English class
3. Theres a lot that determines good gear, but you have to be smart
4. Its not just about the "good gear" but gear that is comfortable and can at least ride down the mountain safely and consistantly
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1. Tell me how many days youve snowboarded
2. Take an English class
3. Theres a lot that determines good gear, but you have to be smart
4. Its not just about the "good gear" but gear that is comfortable and can at least ride down the mountain safely and consistantly
Pet peeve: Posters who trash another person's grammar, when said poster doesn't know enough to use apostrophes or periods correctly (There's, it's). YOU take an English class.

To the OP, I agree with what everyone else is saying. My experience is a good example of how the wrong board can impede progression. My first board was too stiff for the timid rider I tend to be, so I spent weekend upon frustrating weekend learning to just link basic turns. The day I tried a more forgiving (and cheaper) beginner's board is the day I learned to turn.
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1. Tell me how many days youve snowboarded
2. Take an English class
3. Theres a lot that determines good gear, but you have to be smart
4. Its not just about the "good gear" but gear that is comfortable and can at least ride down the mountain safely and consistantly
1. Learn to punctuate correctly.
2. Learn to spell correctly.
3. Earn the chops to tell others to take an English class.

OP: Wrong gear can make your life harder. The right gear will make it an enjoyable experience. If gear didn't matter, the pros would be riding Lamar. If you feel you're out-skilling your current setup, it may be time for a new one. Just don't post another 'Need new board advice' thread without doing some real searching of the forums first. Every question you have has been answered at least 5 times.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The problem with the low-end entry level gear is that they tend to be really heavy and the bindings/boots feel very uncomfortable. My opinion is that these are the biggest issues for progression to a beginner boarder.

With super heavy boots/bindings/board, you will get tired very easily. The cheap bindings and boots often make it painful for your feet and you won't be focused on learning the movements. Also the board will feel less responsive with cheap bindings.

So my recommendation for you is to consider the factors I mentioned (weight, boot/bindings comfort, and board responsiveness). If your gear is cheap but better than rental equipment then I wouldn't recommend buying new gear until you get getter. If you gear is worse than rental gear then it might be worthwhile to invest in some stuff.
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depending on how long you have been riding you may or may not know what "good gear" is for you. My new board i just got this year is a wide, 161, stiff, rockered board...why? Because i know i do mostly free ride, so i know that this board is "good" for my style. If i was just starting out and didnt know which direction i was taking my riding i could buy this gear, realize i liked nothing but park, and this gear i just bought would be terrible. At this point you would probably be good, like everyone said, getting a mid range board beginner board, that is in the middle all around.
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As long as your gear is reliable and somewhat modern(say 7 years old or less) and doesn't cause you discomfort, make you cold or slow you down you should be fine.
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