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Old 12-08-2013, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off hello to all you awesome enthusiasts out there!! I do not snow board myself but my 16 years old son has just started out this last year. He has previously but just on them cheap big box type boards. We live in northern MN. He has currently been using his friends old gear which i have no idea what kinda or anything. I would really like to get him some gear board,bindings,boots,helmet and so on for christmas but i am not sure wear to start or what types or brands are good, so i thought all you pro's out there could give a ol mom some advice. He is about 5'4 138 pounds i read on a previous site that was imortant. Thank you for your time in advance.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think adding a price range you are looking to spend will help everyone make recommendations. Also does he have a preference for any type of riding? Park (jumps and grinds) vs. cruising around? How many times does he plan on going snowboarding this year? Average prices for decent gear would be around $300 for a board, $200 for bindings, $200 for boots and $100 for a helmet.

One thing I will say is that boots are the most important article listed, and if they fit improperly, it can make learning more difficult, and often cause pain. For that reason, I would hold off on making a boot purchase and offer to buy him a pair that fits well by taking him to a snowboard shop. It is pretty important to have him try on a few pairs to get the best fit, as boot fit can be all over the place between different brands.

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Old 12-08-2013, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Maybe a gift certificate to a local shop?
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I believe he has been boarding everyday this year so far except now (sub-zero temps).. Mostly they just cruise around, hit a couple of the smaller jumps. We have a ski resort 20 miles away so thats kinda nice. He also skateboards when the weather is nice. I was hoping I would be able to get away with maybe spending between 250-325 honestly.
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big mtn vmd ^ this is good advice so far. very cool mom, thumbs up!
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When on a small budget, in my opinion I would get used better brand gear at a board swap or shop than new cheaper stuff.

Brands and boards..... it can get confusing with all of the advice you can get.

If he likes to skateboard I will assume he will like to hit the park often.

I would look for a rocker profile board. 140 cm - 150 cm size range.

Some people like extra edge bite for ice, you might find out what he thinks about that. If he does, look also for a board with magnetraction (Gnu, Lib Tech, Rossignol) or other manufacturer designs- Arbor has grip tech... different companies have different designs to accomplish the same thing.

Basically, they have a bump or serrated edge. -if you look at the side edge of the board it will be wavy.

Hope some of this helps...
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I believe he has been boarding everyday this year so far except now (sub-zero temps).. Mostly they just cruise around, hit a couple of the smaller jumps. We have a ski resort 20 miles away so thats kinda nice. He also skateboards when the weather is nice. I was hoping I would be able to get away with maybe spending between 250-325 honestly.
It's going to be difficult to find a complete, decent quality setup (boots, bindings, board AND helmet) for $325. Even if you get everything on sale, and last years equipment, it would still be a bit more than that.

Here is a great board that would fit your son, would be good for his riding and has good reviews. It's 50% off and still $200... YES Basic Snowboard

That is one of the cheapest snowboards on the site too. Another good site is EVO You can find great deals on Whiskey Militia, but they are 1 deal per 30 min or so, not a traditional shopping experience. You can sign up with Whiskey for free and browse their members only section (click "Private Stash), and they often have great deals on there as well, but it is not a full stocked store or anything.

If I were you, and didn't want to spend more than 325, I would get less equipment, but make sure it is quality stuff. Like just boots and bindings or just a board and boots. Don't go with Walmart crap cause it will just fall apart if he is serious about riding and going every day.

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Old 12-09-2013, 12:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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16 years old son is about 5'4 138 pounds
Well he is growing and will outgrow stuff...perhaps even this season....thus another option is to do a seasonal lease of board, boots and bindings. That way if he out grows this year, he can just get equipment switched out and he will be able to get reasonably quality stuff. Anyway, seasonal leases around here go for abt $200.
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theclymb.com is a really good site that has lots of 2012 and 2013 gear. You can use coupon code: GOLDENTICKET to get 10 bucks off too.

Snowboards don't change a lot from year to year. I would look at the YES basic, Big City and Jackpot on the clymb. All really good boards and at around $200 you cant beat the price. It looks like they are sold out of bindings but look around at other sites in their 'clearance sections' and you should be able to get a really solid pair for less than $100.

If the boots he's wearing right now fit well, maybe he can just have them/buy them?
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Make sure to pick a board within size range for him.

Board and bindings for boots around 10....

On Sale Rossignol Contrast Snowboard w/ Forum Republic Bindings Dark up to 55% off board-binding-package-0627

for smaller boots about 8 or smaller....

On Sale Rossignol Contrast Snowboard w/ Rossignol Cobra V1 Bindings Black up to 55% off board-binding-package-0629

Just bindings if you got a board from what the others suggested...

Bent Metal Venom Snowboard Binding | Backcountry.com

Gnu Street Snowboard Binding - Men's | Backcountry.com


There is a sticky for various online retailers...

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...retailers.html
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