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Old 11-21-2011, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spending large amounts... Worth it ?

Wazzup guys!

First of all I must say that I am from Brazil: There is no snow in Brazil. Yeah thats sucks!

This is my second season snowboarding. Last season, I worked and learned how to snowboard at Winter Park. By the end of the season I was able to link turns, some carving(need more work to master and polish it), black runs and started to park and jibbing.

I always used rented stuff(deck, bindings and boots). But this time I want to buy my own(and good) stuff. I narrowed down my setup to NS Proto CT 157, Union SL Bindings and Vans Aura or Ride Isano Focus(still deciding).
Everything for "only" $1,058.94. Thats cost an arm and a leg.

I know that this is a good setup . But my question is:

Does it really worth it?
I mean, considering the fact that I am going to snowboard this entire season and probably I wont for 1 or 2 years(but I will snowboard in the near future). Does it still worth spending this much? Its not that i am poor but its a considerable amount of money and I would need to save more money now. I am afraid of speding so much money and still need to buy the stuff of the year when i snowboard again...

What would you do in my place?

Sorry for my grammar mistakes i hope i made myself clear and I didnt write like a money
Sorry for this WALL OF TEXT!!
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you considered last years gear? You can find great closeout prices on last years stuff.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Get the board, it is a sweet deck. Buy some used bindings and shop around more for boots. Try boots on if you can....might be impossible in Brazil???
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you considered last years gear? You can find great closeout prices on last years stuff.
Yeah... I think this matter still ending up what concerns me: If I buy last year stuff do I need to buy the current season gear when i ride again?

I'm not really worried about 1k bucks, if i need it i am going to buy it

I'm this kind of guy: since I am spending money I always try to get the best stuff I can.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Get the board, it is a sweet deck. Buy some used bindings and shop around more for boots. Try boots on if you can....might be impossible in Brazil???
Maybe used bindings works out There arent any drastically changes beetween season-to-season right, and good bindings are pretty durable right?

For boots I am not going to buy on Internet. I like to support local, so I am going to buy at a local shop in Winter Park where I can try and break it in 30 minutes while walking like pidgeon around store
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Budget out the amount of days that your going to snowboard and how long your purchased gear will last you. If you get the things you listed I would say you are set for at least 3 years so as long as you go snowboarding at least 7 times a year then it absolutely makes sense. If you don't look at something a little cheaper from last years gear or something used on the forum. You would be surprised about how good some other gear is, NS makes great board and I am getting the proto myself but I also have a K2 Raygun which is a phenomenal board and I got it used through the forum for a great price.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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do not worry at all. the proto ct is an awesome snowboard and it will still be an awesome snowboard in 2-3 years, in 5 years, in 10 years.

sure, some things will change with new technology over that time, but if it rides great it rides great.

it will take a lot of days on the snow to wear that board out so as long as you don't snap it it will always be a good snowboard to ride. Never Summer boards are definitely more durable than alot of other boards out there. personally i wouldn't buy union bindings but that's just me and a whole different discussion all together.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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spend more $ on good pair of boots. just think, u can have the greatest board and bindings, but the first things that connect you to the board are your feet.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Agreed. The right boots will def. make or break your day.
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spend more $ on good pair of boots. just think, u can have the greatest board and bindings, but the first things that connect you to the board are your feet.
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Agreed. The right boots will def. make or break your day.
Thats definetelly what I am going to do! This is the reason because I am going to buy my boots at a local shop


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do not worry at all. the proto ct is an awesome snowboard and it will still be an awesome snowboard in 2-3 years, in 5 years, in 10 years.

sure, some things will change with new technology over that time, but if it rides great it rides great.

it will take a lot of days on the snow to wear that board out so as long as you don't snap it it will always be a good snowboard to ride. Never Summer boards are definitely more durable than alot of other boards out there. personally i wouldn't buy union bindings but that's just me and a whole different discussion all together.
Thats what I wanted to read About Union Bindings I will search a bit more and look for Rome 390 boss or Drake bindings(first time ive heard about them was last week )

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Budget out the amount of days that your going to snowboard and how long your purchased gear will last you. If you get the things you listed I would say you are set for at least 3 years so as long as you go snowboarding at least 7 times a year then it absolutely makes sense. If you don't look at something a little cheaper from last years gear or something used on the forum. You would be surprised about how good some other gear is, NS makes great board and I am getting the proto myself but I also have a K2 Raygun which is a phenomenal board and I got it used through the forum for a great price.
Got it! When you say 7 times a year you arent saying 7 days right? Dunno if you know Winter Park but I cook for Derailer Bar which is in front of slopes. So I think I will ride more than 40 days this season. Last season I rode 23 days


Thanks for all your help guys!
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