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Old 12-27-2009, 08:23 PM   #1 (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?
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't say 'a good gear' or 'gears'.
Yes, good gear (notice that I didn't say gears or a good gears) will make a difference. It won't magically make you an amazing rider, but it will help.

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Old 12-27-2009, 08:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Miles is right, there's no magic behind it.. its all pure science... I hate rentals, it brings progression down to a crawl in my experience
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I started snowboarding with mountain rentals where they had those massive step in bindings. Snowboarded for about 3 days and could not figure it out. Went to wave rave on the 4th day, got a strap ins and my first run i could magically carve

Some gear makes a huge difference. Like riding a noodle versus a board with decent flex. Or riding a crappy rental with dulled edges or riding your own finely tuned snow shredding gnarkilling snowbaord.

If your gonna drop some cash, get good boots! They make a gigantic difference in comfort which will improve your riding if your are not comfy. Your body does weird things to compensate for pain, especially in your feet. Like using certain muscles to take pressure off of others. So grab some awesome boots, then build your setup from there.
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Find a demo and try out some different board constructions to find the one you like best.
Directional vs. twin
Camber vs. rocker
short board vs long
Bi-ax glass vs Tri or Quad.

and if you have over a size 10.5 boot then try wide boards. Ask a shop what they have to demo as well.
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Comfort is key!
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i would say good gear doesn't matter
its the right gear that does
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I think having quality gear will help. I felt very uncomfortable on rentals. As soon as I bought my board I felt much better. It still didn't make me a great rider but I felt more stable.
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i would say good gear doesn't matter
its the right gear that does
I agree with this.

Good gear is the gear that is right for you.

How do you know what gear is right for you if you haven't been snowboarding long enough to understand the differences?

Simple. Talk to everyone. The guys/girls at the shop. The guys/girls on the forums. The guys/girls on the mountain. Call the snowboard companies. Use their board finders. Start building a sense of where the technology is and where the trends are going.

When you talk to each person describe the following:
Experience Level: beg, intermediate, advanced, expert
Physical Stats: weight, foot size, height, muscle strength
Riding Style: Park, Pipe, Powder, Steeps, Trees, Backcountry, etc.. just ramble off everything you love to do.

After all this you should have a selection of 5-10 boards/bindings/boots. Now here comes the hard part.
Boots - If you can't try these on in person do not order them. Its too big a gamble. Also try on every boot close to what you are looking for. Comfort and support are king here!
Boards/Bindings - Check for reviews, figure out what kind of riders like them and what kind of riders hate them.

Now should have a short list. Probably 1-3 boards, a couple bindings, and you should have tried on enough boots by this point that everyone you know will never go shopping with you again.
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there are stages:

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.

intermediate, gear matters more, in that poor gear can be a hindrance to progression

advanced, its more about the skills and mental attitude and having the right gear for what you want to do

expert, gear doesn't matter too much, you got skillz to ride anything...but prefer ride gear that works your style, snow conditions and terrain...thus you have a quiver of options.
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