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Old 12-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there, my first post.
I've been riding a board for a few years, but not much of riding, most was about 7 times per year. Last year only twice, mostly because of sucky winter.
I now have Head Ignition board, which, i guess, sucks, Ride SL bindings, which are kind of fucked up, the screws were loosening up every 30 minutes, so i pretty much glued my bindings to the board (LOL), but they dont move anymore, so - problem fixed. And boots - dont remeber brand, and I'm too lazy to go and look now. Ride or Head, probably. they are kind of beaten up too. But that doesn't bother me.
So - I ride almost park only, about 99.9% park , so i guess i need a freestyle board.. I can do 180s, two 360s, simple grabs, like tailgrab, mute, indy, melon, and few more. I'm not jumping anything too big for now, but I'm planning to go to the mountain almost every week this year.
So, if I'm kind of noobish, and I don't have a lot of money to just buy a new gear every time I want, should I get a new complete now, or is it survivable? I will have to buy a new board sooner or later, probably would buy a new board next winter anyway, but would a new gear make much difference, aside from that cool feeling of new gear? What boards would u suggest?
btw, what binding angles would u suggest? I now ride duck , +9/-9,, first time with +9/-9 today, was better than the old 15/-6.

DAAAMN, a lot of text. just so you know - i was planning to keep it short.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the answer to the question " should I get new gear ?" is ALWAYS yes.... seriously keep an eye on WhiskeyMilitia.com: Nomis Wiggi Board Short - Men's - $16.99 - 66% off or Brociety.com: Mark XIII Ranger Snowboard Jacket - Men's - $119.99 - 76% off and grab stuff cheap when you can. That way you never end up needing everything at the same time...
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If your bindings are really, honestly, glued to the board, yes buy new and save yourself the hospital bills. Even them just turning (changing angles) at a bad time would scare me to death.

Truthfully, if you are planning buying a new set-up next year might as well buy new now. You can get previous years models for alot cheaper and it'll still be new to you if money is an issue. Usually you can find those kind of deals online, but don't buy boots online unless you've tried them on in a shop first. Boots that fit properly are very important. Don't go by shoe size either. Sounds like you need new equipment anyways, I think you'll be alot happier riding a new set-up, in addition to it being safer. Don't know how old you are or if you'll outgrow gear but I'm guessing you won't since you're buying.

As far as binding angles go, its more of a personal preference. I can't stand super-duck footed, I ride at 15, -5 and have been for years and years. It's whatever works best or feels best for you.
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my angles change from time to time but its more or less 12 -6 give or take a click...
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm 17, and I've kind of stopped growing , and yes I'm buying it for my money, more or less, because if my parents lend me the money I will have to give it back as soon as i get paid. (i should of asked Santa for a new board, but I forgot. Don't know how much I would have to pay back tho, maybe they'll forget, lol) This christmas was a little more expensive than usual - that's the reason I have to buy it for my self or wait until there is some free money(which will, probably, be in summer ).
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you have a spending limit? I mean like will you only pay so much or under for a setup? From the way it sounds it will benefit you alot, but its really up to you and your budget if now's the time to buy.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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well, as there are christmas sales everywhere, i can get a rossignol complete for about 327$, and there are few completes at my local skateshop, i can get ROME snow complete "BLUE" 158 for a little more than 510$, or VENUE snow complete "ONYX" 155 for about 410$, but that Rome, is a little too expensive, i could get that much, but hardly. hopefully they have something shorter than 155 too, as my current board is 1.52m and and i am about 1.77m.

Basically, what i wanted to know is - would a new board make much difference. I don't know much about this stuff, as this is the only board I've ever had. well, and the rented ones.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not an expert on snowboard equipment, but bindings that are fastened with glue sound like an accident waiting to happen. So I'd say get new gear.

The only piece of advice I can say is with regards to boots. When buying them, BE PICKY! If it feels to tight, try another one. If there is to much heel lift, try another one. Don't listen to what your size is either, I had a guy measure my foot at size 9, and I had to get my new size -10- boots adjusted a bit(Toe punch, ankle bracelet etc...). So its about what feels comfortable, but secure.

Don't just try them on and then take them off, get up and walk around the store. Lean and put pressure on your heel and toe. Does your heel lift? Is there pressure on your toes? If it feels slightly uncomfortable in the store, its going to feel like crap on the hill. Although shoe fitters have several things they can do to make your boot fit better such as punching(expanding) parts of the lining or shell of the boot, you should try to get the boot that fits best without any adjustment first.

Although this may not be everywhere, the shop were I bought my boots had a shoe fitter there. He did alot of work on my boots and he did it for free because I bought the boots there. He said that he usually charges customers for work done. You should ask the store(s) you go to if they do free fitting if you buy a boot.

Thats about it, just remember to BE VERY PICKY.
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A new board will make a difference yes, same with bindings and boots. Expect more responsiveness, lighter weight, and a faster base to name a few
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You should be able to find to find better quality gear for the same price if not less than those complete setups you listed if you do a little research.
Check for last years models of boards and bindings such as the Capita Stair/scaremaster which sounds like it would fit your riding style nicely. You should be able to find these deals at sierrasnowboard.com or the discount sites at badgerscanner.
You can also check the classified sections here and on craigslist for boards with minimal usage which most people would prefer over a new lesser quality board.

Good luck on your search.
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