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Old 06-19-2013, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Full and fair disclosure: I've never even been on a board.

I'm about to jump in with both feet though! I'm going to do a bit of off season shopping real soon here and get myself set up for next winter.

ANY help would be SO greatly appreciated!

Here's my specs:
I'm 5'6" (168cm)
140lbs
shoe size: 8.5 womens'

Help a girl out! I've got my eye on a board, it's 151cm and as far as I can tell, that's a good fit for me (It should go to my lip, maybe a bit shorter).

As far as I can tell I need small bindings or small/medium.

As for boots I'm going to wait until I can get to a ski shop (I live in the middle of no where so I need to drive at least 3.5 hours to get to one) and try some on...

How am I doing?

thx!
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have some lessons before you buy, there is no point in doing something you might not like to be fair, and you are probably better to hire the 1st few occasions anyway...

Or at least look for a board and bindings 2nd hand until you know what kind of boarding you want to do, and save your money for when you do know...
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have some lessons before you buy.
This probably depends on your location. The Common Wisdom** is that you must commit to at least three days of riding before you decide you hate it, because those first two days are some painful shit.

Where I ride at, renting a board for three days would cost over $100, so it's only a very modest step up to buy a board and have a better time on something that's not quite as shit as a rental.

Also, deals are pretty great right now. A quick glance at o2gearshop revealed a bunch of 50% off 2013 boards, like this one that wouldn't be terrible choices.

**May not be so common.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's my specs:
I'm 5'6" (168cm)
140lbs
shoe size: 8.5 womens'

Help a girl out! I've got my eye on a board, it's 151cm and as far as I can tell, that's a good fit for me (It should go to my lip, maybe a bit shorter).

As far as I can tell I need small bindings or small/medium.
Whoever told you it needs to go to your lip should be shot! It's based on weight not height. Suggested board length for your weight and height is about a 148. A 151 would be fine, but I wouldn't go much longer to start.

An 8.5 boot is a medium in Burton bindings, check the binding manufacturer to be sure if you use somebody else.

Boots are one thing I would buy even if you rent or buy the board/bindings used. Good fitting boots make all the difference in the world. Try a million on, and hopefully the guy in the shop will be good at explaining heel lift, etc.! Northern Ontario isn't know for fantastic snowboarding shops...

Where you planning on riding?

I'd rent at least a couple times, or buy a used 146-150 cm board with bindings that will fit if you can get one CHEAP. (i.e. $100 or less)
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, but a lot of resorts have a combo deal with lessons and rentals. I agree with Kevin do some lessons before you start spending hundreds on gear you make never use again.

but Irahi is right the first few days can suck.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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wow! lots of great advice!

ok, so starters...

Where: I am in the centre of Canada (in Ontario, but near the Manitoba boarder if you're up on your geography...) so no mountains here, some "decent" hills, but I know I'll only be happy with them until I learn to ride properly.

Buy v.s Rent: I plan to buy because the hill around here is notoriously steep (har, har, har...) for rental / lesson prices. I am a do or die kind of girl, so I'd sooner buy now with all the great deals I've seen and if I truly end up hating it, I'll sell at a loss, I don't mind... too much.

Size: feel free to shoot the guy who gave me that info, he's being a tool about giving me advice, hence why I'm on here!

Thanks "Irahi" for the source, I'll check out those deals too!



Still think I should rent first?
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Warm welcom to the new girl!
The guys already gave good advise. My 2cents: Get gloves with wrist protectors. You'll fall on your hands many times... (a friend broke her wrist on her first - and last - day riding . And a helmet!
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Buy v.s Rent: I plan to buy because the hill around here is notoriously steep (har, har, har...) for rental / lesson prices. I am a do or die kind of girl, so I'd sooner buy now with all the great deals I've seen and if I truly end up hating it, I'll sell at a loss, I don't mind... too much.
What resort? Looks like Mount Baldy near T-Bay charges $64 for lift ticket, rentals and a lesson. That's cheap. That's cheaper than lift tickets at most hills...

The hills really want you to get hooked, so they usually (and should) make it really cheap to get started. My GF learned at a hill in Ontario where it was $30 for beginner lift ticket, rentals and lessons all on the bunny slopes. That kind of thing is perfect for day 1 and 2.

If you're set on really trying it, then by all means get a setup now. But buy 2011-2012 stuff there's no point wasting money on a first setup. You'll get the itch quick for new gear if you really get into it anyway!

And don't sell yourself short on local hills. I grew up boarding in Ontario and had a blast. Of course now in the wild west I'm having more fun. But it's not like I wasn't enjoying myself before!
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Your first and most important purchase is boots. Boots can make or break your time on the hill. Do yourself a favor and invest in padded shorts, wrist guards and knee pads, you will need them more than you can imagine right now.

Your weight puts you in 149-151 cm length, but being a beginner go with a shorter board, 148 is fine. Your bindings should be size medium. I would advise against purchasing a rocker board. I see beginners on rockers struggle with stability and they also outgrow them quite fast. A hybrid is a better option in my opinion.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What resort? Looks like Mount Baldy near T-Bay charges $64 for lift ticket, rentals and a lesson. That's cheap. That's cheaper than lift tickets at most hills...

That'd be great... if Thunder Bay wasn't a 4.5 hour drive. With a 45 hour a week job and the limited sunshine we have in the winter up here... I'll be sticking with the local hills for my learning, thanks! Going to talk to one of the members of the hill in the next couple of days to see the real costs there!
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