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Old 03-18-2011, 11:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I decided to get into snowboarding after my trip to Canada to snowboard, but I'm not sure where to start.

I don't have the money to drop on a Burton Custom, plus I wouldn't spend that much with my novice "skills". I rented a beat up Burton 154 up there and it felt pretty good with my size 10.5 (or so) boots and a 5' 9", 125 lb. frame. I'm 18, so I still have a bit of room to grow. I was wondering the best cheap board/boot/binding combo or place to get one.

Please take it easy on me, I'm a total noob and thanks in advance
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I decided to get into snowboarding after my trip to Canada to snowboard, but I'm not sure where to start.

I don't have the money to drop on a Burton Custom, plus I wouldn't spend that much with my novice "skills". I rented a beat up Burton 154 up there and it felt pretty good with my size 10.5 (or so) boots and a 5' 9", 125 lb. frame. I'm 18, so I still have a bit of room to grow. I was wondering the best cheap board/boot/binding combo or place to get one.

Please take it easy on me, I'm a total noob and thanks in advance
I could go into detail for cheap boards to set you up with, but in all honesty you're going to have much better luck in the used market. Check your local craigslist and Ebay. Find something with a bit of wear and tear. If you don't want to spend much, it's your best bet. I'd buy new boots, but that's just me.

I'm not saying you can't go new. There are plenty of medium to low cost boards that have good reviews. I just think for the cost, it might be safer to find something to get you through the beginning of next year. After 10-15 times out decide if its worth getting a nice setup.

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If you find some deals, post the board info on here and I'm sure people will give you their .02 on the quality and if it's worth the price.
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Awesome, thanks for the help. I've been looking at tightboards.com and The House, but thought about maybe running over to Canada at least for the boots so I could try them on before spending like $100 on them, waiting 2 weeks to get them, and then hating them. The closest places in Michigan are 4 and 2 hours away, and Canada is like 15 minutes, if that long. Used came to mind when I thought "cheap," but I also wanted some help from someone who knows what they're talking about I'm going to go googling or surfing ebay today, but my plans still might change by the time I have enough money
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Awesome, thanks for the help. I've been looking at tightboards.com and The House, but thought about maybe running over to Canada at least for the boots so I could try them on before spending like $100 on them, waiting 2 weeks to get them, and then hating them. The closest places in Michigan are 4 and 2 hours away, and Canada is like 15 minutes, if that long. Used came to mind when I thought "cheap," but I also wanted some help from someone who knows what they're talking about I'm going to go googling or surfing ebay today, but my plans still might change by the time I have enough money
DON'T do tightboards.com!!! Search this site for some reviews on them. Not good.
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DON'T do tightboards.com!!! Search this site for some reviews on them. Not good.
Ah, thanks for the warning. It's not official until probably like Fall, but thanks for the heads up.
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Boots. Start with good boots. If you're working with a budget, find the boots that fit you best, buy them and then you'll know what you're working with for board and bindings. I'd rather ride a rental board and bindings with good boots that fit me well than ride the board/bindings of my choice with shit boots.
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I've read all the stickies, my main concern is boots now. That's why I'm likely going to drive to a board shop to get a good pair that fits well. I was riding fine on a beat up Burton rental and cheap, worn Head bindings there, but the boots fit like a glove, besides being ever so slightly too short (my toes hit the inside front of the boots when I dug in on the front and fell on my face) Thanks for all the help so far, I just want to make sure I get exactly the right stuff.
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If you want cheap - go to a board shop and try boots on until you know exactly what you want. Once you know the make, model and size; buy them online.
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I'm sure others have had good places to buy on line but I have had very good purchases from:
  • Dog-Funk.com
  • The-House.com
  • EVO.com
  • Christysports.com/

Good luck, this time of year on CL might be your best option.
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