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Old 08-08-2011, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm looking to upgrade my gear for the first time (been riding a couple years). right now i have a gnu 11up board, with burton freestyle bindings and freestyle boots. first off, i did the noob thing and ordered my boots online, realizing waay after the fact they didnt have a good fit, and i'm pretty sure that effects my riding (foot cramps, turning takes a lot of ankle movement). that being said, i'm looking for stiffer gear for more response. i'm wondering should i go all out and get the boots, bindings and board while i can find sales now? or get some stiffer boots that fit, and see if that turns out to be all the response upgrade i need seeing my others fit bad?
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i think that you should go with the boots; it's cheaper and it's probably what's causing your problems.
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Buy new properly fitting boots and see what happens before buying a new setup.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yea...kinda figured that....i just get excited when it comes to gear/gadgets. plus i was wondering if you need to upgrade as your skill leve goes up....or if its just a preference. i'm ready to step it up this year.
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yea...kinda figured that....i just get excited when it comes to gear/gadgets. plus i was wondering if you need to upgrade as your skill leve goes up....or if its just a preference. i'm ready to step it up this year.
The 11up is plenty of board for whatever skill level you are so no NEED to upgrade if it's the right size for you.

It is a regular camber board so trying a new style like reverse camber or hybrid might be a good reason to get a new board.

Get boots that fit well, and then upgrade the freestyle bindings since those probably aren't all that responsive for you. If you want a new board, by all means, get a new board cause it's fun, I doubt it's really a NEED.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The 11up is alright, I highly recommend swapping out the boots as what everyone else is saying. Then bindings, do you want to keep a similar flex in them or now that you know more about your riding style go softer or harder? But if you have the extra cash, a new board is always a fun experience. Especially now since you understand your riding style more!
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boots are by far the most important piece of gear you use. Go to a local shop and they will set you up. I would reccomend getting the boots that are heat moulded to fit to your feet.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yea, i'm def going to a local shop this time. so far researching online, ive been leaning towards the buron rulers. as far as my board, the only reason i really ask on that is because i have a wide board with size 11.5 boots, and i think the boots may be way to big. might end up going own a whole size or size and a half. in that case, would having a wide bord be holding me back? because i see a lot of talk people saying to avoid wide boards. (i'm 5'10...190 by the way)
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