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Old 03-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Have you taken any lessons yet? I'd invest in lessons and more riding before worrying about a board. Remember it's 90% rider 10% board!
says the dude who rides an ironing board.

OP, if money isn't an issue, demo if you can. Seriously, no one can tell you what you will like but you.

Also, when I upgraded to a nice board from my crappy beginner board I was a LOT more confident on steeper terrain. Part of it was getting a board with magnetraction, It helped a LOT. A lot more then I thought it would...while new and better gear might not make you a better rider it would give you more confidence and that will help you get better. Esp since you said you're on the ice coast...


if you can get quality instruction, sure that's good too, but if you have the money why not have nice gear?
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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says the dude who rides an ironing board.
Yeah, that I bought after 20 years of riding!!!

This is just like the guy who wants to buy an R6 for his first bike. Learn to ride the Ninja 250 well and the R6 will actually feel good once you're on it.

I just think after 10 days on the hill his board is most likely not his limiting factor.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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So I have been boarding for about 25-30 hours total. I can go down blacks some with moguls. I go down the hills typically with dynamic skidded turns. I am riding a Burton Clash. I am noticing that I can't hold my edge very well on steep terrain. And I sometimes catch an edge when riding flat or getting lazy. You could say I am still a beginner maybe close to intermediate. After tracking my speeds on my android app I have a sustained speed of about 25mph and high speeds of 35 mph. I don't ride in the park and I am east coast so there is no powder.

Money isn't an issue. But I want to know is it too early for me to upgrade?

I have been doing research and it sounds like a freeride/all mountain would be good? Or is it too early for me to be upgrading to that stiff of a board?

The snowboard shops in my area the people just seem to BS and try to sell me the boards they have on hand so I need some professional(unbiased) advice.
You think that's going to be better with a stiffer board? A stiffer board will punish you for whenever you are lazy, so if you catch an edge with being lazy with a rocker board, be sure to have 2 pairs of underwear if you're going to buy a stiff board.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I just think after 10 days on the hill his board is most likely not his limiting factor.
Probably not, but that doesn't stop my shopaholic tendencies. I am constantly looking at boards during my downtime at work. I am still curious what kind of board you guys would hypothetically suggest if I was ready to take it to the next level.

Btw great advice so far. It is really nice to have all the help.
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Probably not, but that doesn't stop my shopaholic tendencies. I am constantly looking at boards during my downtime at work. I am still curious what kind of board you guys would hypothetically suggest if I was ready to take it to the next level.

Btw great advice so far. It is really nice to have all the help.
Burton Process (more park) or Custom Flying V might be a good shot I'm suggesting a Burton because you have one, but there's no reason to not check out other companies, I just like Burton for their customers service, and they build great quality boards & bindings

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Burton Process (more park) or Custom Flying V might be a good shot I'm suggesting a Burton because you have one, but there's no reason to not check out other companies, I just like Burton for their customers service, and they build great quality boards & bindings
The Custom Flying V is one I considered but i have non EST bindings and I was hoping to not have to buy new ones and i did read that burtons aren't good for icy conditions.

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The Custom Flying V is one I considered but i have non EST bindings and I was hoping to not have to buy new ones and i did read that burtons aren't good for icy conditions.
You can use ANY bindings on the Burton channel boards. The only thing you can't do is put EST bindings on a non-channel board.

Burtons are fine in icy conditions. The best board I have for ice doesn't even have the slightest thing like "magne-traction" in it's design...
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:33 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Have you taken any lessons yet? I'd invest in lessons and more riding before worrying about a board. Remember it's 90% rider 10% board!
+1. If money is no problem, invest in some lessons. Although laundry boy (because of his ironing board) is completely wrong: It is more 99% rider and 1% equipment
But that does not stop gear whores like us from constantly ogling and debating new gear...
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Although laundry boy (because of his ironing board) is completely wrong: It is more 99% rider and 1% equipment
I strongly disagree with that in the context of the OP. While an excellent rider can make anything work, in most sports throwing money at the problem can be quite helpful (snowboarding is no different) - especially if you have more money than time.

There is a massive difference in edge hold on hardpack between my boards (I sharpen edges every couple of days). If I don't have enough traction, I'm not having fun.

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You think that's going to be better with a stiffer board? A stiffer board will punish you for whenever you are lazy,
That's a good thing in my book. It teaches you to be less sloppy in your technique.
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so if you catch an edge with being lazy with a rocker board, be sure to have 2 pairs of underwear if you're going to buy a stiff board.
That's sound advice. Being serious - interpreting the above liberally - some crash pants can be rather useful. Tail bone injuries suck and can take a really long time to heal.
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