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Old 12-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Recommendation for East coast Steep Snowboarding setup?

I was wondering if you all could steer me in the right direction with gear for this upcoming season? I don't do any terrain park, just downhill with my ski friends. I think I outgrew my gear. I have been snowboarding with it since about 2000. I have a Burton Charger board, Burton freestyle bindings, and Burton Zone boots from around 2000 (can't find specs online). I think the bindings and boots are both soft entry level equipment that feels loose/unresponsive even though it is the right size. I weight 160-165 lbs and am 5"9'. Snowboard boot size is 9. The board is 160cm. I live on the east coast and mostly ski in Pennsylvania Poconos. I can't decide if I need a more firm shorter board, boot, and binding combination, or is firm wrong and I really need softer? The black diamonds/steeps here are usually very icy and any snow is in the moguls. I'd like something that can hold an edge (hard right?), but turn quickly to bleed off speed (soft?). It feels like my Burton Charger does not turn quick / is not agile enough in steep icy moguls. Would a harder/more firm setup solve this? What board would you recommend?

I am looking at

2012 Shawn White Pro
Burton Custom X
-or- keeping my 2000 Charger and upgrading bindings and boots

Cartel Bindings
Diode Bindings

Something stiff (tried on Salomon Synapse and really liked the feel)

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Old 12-07-2012, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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TWC is freestyle/pipe oriented - I haven't ridden it so can't comment beyond that.

Consider Burton Custom in camber as well.

If go fast and carve turns aggressively you will likely prefer a stiffer board. If moguls are your thing a shorter board will make things easier on that terrain.

Def get new boots, 12 years is too long for boots. Cambered boards will be better for icy conditions than other profiles in the burton lineup.

You might look at other brands that have magnetraction, it's supposed to work pretty good on ice.

Burton demo days are your friend if you find one, great way to try a different equipment.
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