New Guy. I dont know what I am doing.
Hello Everybody. I wanted to use my first post to introduce myself. My name is Mike and I have never stepped foot on a mountain. I have always wanted to snowboard but never have. That's all about to change however. I am in my early thirty's, which may seem like an old man to most of you (and to me). Its time I stopped talking about all the things I want to do in my life and start actually doing them. I am from Massachusetts. I Don't know anybody that is into snowboarding or skiing so I may be going this alone. My wife is not into it yet but maybe a can get her out with me someday. I was thinking of heading over to Blue Hills to get my feet wet. I realize admitting that may just get me laughed off the forums by other New Englanders', but I really don't know where to start. I have soaked in a lot of great info from this website and look forward to future interactions with you all.
I have started gathering some equipment already and think I am off to a pretty good start. I know I should have rented at first but I am very phobic about using or wearing anything that has been worn or used before. Its a weird thing I have and I cant get over it, I've tried.
Here is what I got so far (with cost and my reason for getting it). Please feel free to comment, any feedback would be great.
Board: 2009 Ride Control 162 ($279.99 - My research led me to believe this was a good board for the money and I wouldn't grow out of it any time soon. I am 6'2'' 200lb)
Bindings: Ride EX ($119)
Boots: Ride Anthem ($119 - I went with the Ride boots and bindings because of my total newbness. I wanted to be sure everything was compatible)
I bought the board, binding, and boots from o2gearshop.com. I just placed the order yesterday, so I cant yet comment on this shop. So far so good and they had the lowest prices around + free shipping. All together this set-up ran me $519.97 shipped. Not bad. Less than I thought I would be spending, so that's a plus.
Then I discovered Whiskeymilitia.com and things got a little crazy. Man, that is addictive. I now have that site, gear engine, steep and cheep & tramdock up constantly checking for new gear. I have scored the following from those sites:
Electric EG2 goggles ($64.99 - not sure about these. I have a small head and could potentially look ridiculous. Plus I hear they don't play well with helmets, we'll see.
686 Uzi Jacket ($74.99)
Oakley Mystic Pant ($140 - impulse buy, probably should have waited)
That's it so far. Still need:
Gloves - Thinking something with built in wrist guards?
Helmet - I have never worn a helmet doing anything in my life, but I think it is a good idea.
Base layers, socks, crash pants, maybe a face mask, maybe some knee pads. Sorry, now I am just thinking out loud. I'm sure I will forget something, but I like to be as prepared as possible.
This has quickly turned into a foolish mega-post nobody will ever read. I may be a little too excited at the moment.