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Old 02-27-2014, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Newbie needs help with snowboard gear!

Hola! I am new to snowboarding. I am an intermediate skier. Sometimes go on diamonds when it's not crowded. Now I was trying to learn snowboarding a few times but with all those painful falls it wasn't really happening. Until this season came.

Right now I am renting board from ski resorts but I have my own boots - Burton moto boots Size 8.

Now I want to buy board and bindings as well. And I need some help with that. I've looked around and decided to get Union flite pro. What do you guys think? I am worried they might be too "advanced" for me. I was thinking about buying burton freestyle but after reading multiple times how bad they were I decided to go with Union. I also wanted Rome shifts but couldn't find any of my size.

I am 5.9 feet tall guy, who weights around 154 lb

Now when it comes to boards I have 3 in mind.

one is Arbor Formula 155 Snowboard - 2013/2014.

2nd is Burton Ripcord Snowboard 154

and 3rd I found on craigslist Like New-2013 Salomon Man's Board (156) Snowboard-2013 Award Winner! - $200

I don't want just a "beginner" board so I can buy a new one later. But I cant afford something too expensive. I also don't know how board performance will affect my learning experience. So far I can easily turn both ways, very confident on my heels, struggling on my toes if it's too steep. Doing greens, can do some Blues. But I never took instructions from anyone and just recently started watching videos on you tube and realized how much off "basics" I didn't learn. Considering taking one beginners lesson.

PS. sorry for sloppy English, it's my 3rd language.
Pss. sorry for the wall of text.
Psss. Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome,

Take some lessons....they will help a lot...and learn how to fall.

Get an intermediate or advanced board...since you have been a skier, you understand edges, steering, reading terrain and snow. Basically the difference is that you are sliding sideways looking down the fall line over your leading shoulder instead of facing down the fall line. And instead of steering from your hips and weighting your leg/foot you are using your leading knee and weighting your toes or heels...you still want to be in the front seat...on your tips in skiing/on your nose in snowboarding. You will pick it up fast.

I'd recommend looking at a twin hybrid...like a Gnu Rider's Choice in 151 or 154 at your weight...a good all mountain twin board....something that does the whole mtn ok and that has a lot of control...instead of a board that just does 1 or 2 things well.
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Welcome,

Take some lessons....they will help a lot...and learn how to fall.

Get an intermediate or advanced board...since you have been a skier, you understand edges, steering, reading terrain and snow. Basically the difference is that you are sliding sideways looking down the fall line over your leading shoulder instead of facing down the fall line. And instead of steering from your hips and weighting your leg/foot you are using your leading knee and weighting your toes or heels...you still want to be in the front seat...on your tips in skiing/on your nose in snowboarding. You will pick it up fast.

I'd recommend looking at a twin hybrid...like a Gnu Rider's Choice in 151 or 154 at your weight...a good all mountain twin board....something that does the whole mtn ok and that has a lot of control...instead of a board that just does 1 or 2 things well.
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