So I'm a noob. Getting a late start as I'm also approaching 40. Never skiied before boarding. Been out on five boarding trips so far, two with amazing powder, and now I'm addicted. Even one terrible icy day with some bad crashes didn't deter me.
Stats: 5'9", 190-195lbs, size 9.5 shoe. No interest in the park. See myself becoming more of an all-mountain, carving type rider. Maybe even back country some day. Might try butters and presses and the like when I get my skills up, but no big jumps and flips. I can link turns now, although my technique needs tightening. I've had a couple lessons.
Nowhere around here to try on boots before purchase, which I gather is a big no-no, as boots are most crucial part of your setup. Considering a drive out to shops within 40 miles to try on boots, otherwise, hawking a bunch of eBay auctions.
Rental boards have all been 155cm true twin so far, to ease the learning curve. Thinking I should ride 155 - 160 range, regular camber. Would like to ride switch even though I'm not into freestyle. Maybe directional twin?
Welcome to the addiction....ur not too late and it only gets better. Started at 44 and now 55, never skied and ain't stopping til dead. Been through 6 pr
boots, bindings and at least 8-10 boards...and mostly used and cheap but the past 2 years been getting new backcountry gear...yikes spendy shit. Anyway you can find high-end gear that some noob over-bought and then gave up...thus its in good condtions and they just want it out of the house. In reality a noob getting rid of this stuff has probably ridden it less than 6 days and it wasn't abused.
Idk where ur are; but if patient, know (really know!) what to buy and act quickly there are great deals to be had...but you got to scour CL, garage sales, swaps, fleabay, on-line sales and gear trade.
First...read and understand this....on boots
2nd...go for an intermediate, medium flex, twin (true or directional) in a regular (not wide or mid wide) 157 =/- 2cm for your heft and feet size. You basically want an all mtn, do every thing ok, non-specific pow, park, fs/fr board until you figure out your riding style and mtn conditions. Imho it will be better to go ahead and spend some coin on a decent board that fits the above criteria and thus avoid buying several boards. Its ok to buy a board that is more advanced than your skill level, if you are determined/persistent and don't mind getting your ass kicked until you develop some skills to ride the thing. This will be a steep learning curve...but will also lead to better skills in the long run. A cambered twin or get a twin c2btx...both have pro/cons when learning and really doesn't matter much...but a cambered will be a slight bit steeper to learn on. I'd recommend a gnu rider's choice in a 157 or something equivalent from lib or never summer. Btw one of my favorites and groomer board is a 10 yr old high-end stiffy cambered twin...for free...given to me because it was too much board for them.
Bindings...it doesn't matter that much, but go mid to stiffer for performance. Buy your boots first and then take them with you to make sure the bindings fit. Most of my bindings are old drake f60's...4 prs...with new burton ladders/ratchets and work fine...you can find old good condition drakes for $20-50 all day.
Anyway be patient...I've found drake limited's for $45, f60's for $15, twice found 32 focus boas at $50 a pair, k2 contour's for $35...all been used 1 or 2 days. High-end boards from $50+, good 20k gortex for under $50 and smith helmet and I/O's for $25.
Happy hunting!...all year long