Questions from someone considering buying his first board
I've been a stalker of these forums for the past few days, soaking everything in as I consider getting my first board. And with that, I have some questions:
1) How troublesome/costly is storage and travel with regard to a snowboard?
I'm currently a college student, and I'll be studying abroad for a year and a half, during which I would either bring the board with me (One destination is London, and boarding the alps just sounds amazing). Is storing a snowboard a hassle with limited space? And how much does it actually cost to maintain the board (waxing, etc)? I probably won't be able to board for more than one or two trips every year... Would it be better to rent for now? Do airlines charge a fee for checking in a snowboard? How much?
2) Buying the board.
I see a lot of people buying models from past years, and I would preferably like to do that because the costs are lower (though sites like wiredsports.com do have decently priced boards for around 150). Do people find them off ebay or in stores or what?
3) Budget for the whole board package.
I want to try and stay below 350 dollars for the board, boots, bindings, and a bag to travel with. I'm looking for an all-mountain style board as I like to hit the parks occasionally. I'm 5'10" and about 175 bounds with a shoe size of 10.5 (I wear 11s for normal shoes for comfort, but for snowboarding I go for a smaller size to get better fit and control over the board). What length board should I get? I'm thinking 158 or 156? Or would those be too short for my weight?
At the moment I'm okay with any brand of board, but for bindings, Flow bindings really interest me since I do feel the regular 2 strap bindings tend apply pressure to my feet unevenly, and I'd like to try out Flow's bindings. Is it too risky to actually purchase Flows for my first set of bindings? (I've never tried them, sadly). That or Union bindings look quite nice (There was an orange one that I liked, but I don't remember the name, starts with a C).
Anyways given my budget and preferences, anyone have any recommended set ups?
Thanks for your help!
Last edited by Glydan; 01-12-2010 at 03:56 AM.