I'll be moving soon and where I am moving to I will have the chance to snowboard.
My question is: How much combined can I expect to pay for a board, bindings, boots, pants, a jacket, helmet, goggles? I am not looking for top notch items, but I do want good quality stuff.
Also where can I go to buy these items?
for entry gear, you can get some stuff over the summer on great sales. Use ebay, snowboarding websites like dogfunk and evo. Buy used if you're just getting into the sport. You'll probably spend 400-600 dollars.
I'd say you can expect to spend a bit over a grand for a decent quality "starter" setup give or take a hundred or two. You can easily spend less with enough research and picking up past season gear at discounted prices.
I would also suggest to rent first as you may not like snowboarding no matter how much you tell yourself that you will.
What area are you planning on moving to? If you have ample time before your season starts, check out some gear at a local shop and talk to the people that work there. You can then make a note of recommended gear from them and cross reference with research done via the interwebs. You could also ask around here, there are plenty of knowledgeable folks that are willing to help.
Craigslist my friend, Craigslist. You can pick up someones used gear for less than a season of rentals would cost. And then, if you don't like snowboarding, you can offload it right on the same site you bought it from, and probably get what you paid for it at that.
Anyway, as to equipment... Craigslist is great. I bought a near-new pair of Flow NXT-ATs and a Ride Havoc for cheap on Craiglist a couple of years ago. I also got a great deal on a Heritage on this site. Bought my very first set of gear in February when the clearance sales are on. There are lots of options. Even if you miss all the clearance sales, stores will put last year's stuff out around September and have beginning-of-season clearance sales. Then there are swap meets. Got some Rome SDS's for half new price last fall at one. Just be patient, don't jump at the first thing you see, and try to avoid buying anything more than 2-3 years old unless they're giving it away.
And don't cheap out on boots. You can ride on a crappy board, cheap bindings, but bad boots will turn your day into a nightmare.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I am moving to Alberta, either near Calgary or Edmonton. Anyone know what it's like there?
I'm in Edmonton, it's good out here but Calgary is a lot closer to the resorts. Buy used off kijiji (same as Craig's list but way more active here). You should be able to get set up really cheap that way. There are 4 local hills with parks in the city here but very small, the mountains are 4 hrs away but you can get to a lot of resorts with amazing snow.