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Old 01-02-2007, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, just joined as I'm hooked on snowboarding and plan on getting better. I went for lessons last friday and stayed on the mountain a little while before heading home. I can't wait to go back out. I went to Sunday River in Maine and had a blast with my brother.

I'm planning on making this a once a year thing until I can move to a place closer to the mountains, but I want to get my own equipment so I don't have to deal with rental stuff since the tongue in the rental boots kept slipping and making my toes go numb, hehe.

Couple questions for everyone, are there boots that either don't have that inner tongue or have a way to keep it in place? It kept slipping around my shin/calf to the outside which put pressure on my leg to make my toes go numb.

I'm 22 years old, male, 5'6", 170lbs and dropping, and wear a size 10 WIDE shoe. I ride regular by the way. What board dimensions should I look for if I plan on doing the mountain trails mainly and not freestyle or alpine?

I really have no clue about the brands but I've heard a lot on Burton, Rossignol, Salomon, K2, and a few others, but brand name isn't always something to go by. Any in particular that I should look into and/or stay away from? I read that Burton has their own proprietary binding holes; good/bad?

I also read that for boots and bindings I should shop in-person at a snowboarding shop to get those to make sure they fit properly, but do you have any suggestions for starting gear?


Sorry for the long paragraph, but I hope I gave you enough details to work with. =) Glad to meet you all and join the community.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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congrats dude on starting to snowboard

for the boots you definetly wanna make sure you try them on in store because each persons foot is different and so are the boots of each company. if you wanna spend the most money on anything i would say it should be boots because you are going to want a boot that is super comfy seeing as how long you will be in it. even if you ride once a year, its gunna be a long day with bad boots.

as for a board......don't get sucked into thinkin that burton is the king of all brands as they are not. im not saying there bad but there are other companies out there i and others are very satisfied with.

also, don't think that height has to do with your board selection, weight is what matters. a board can't tell how tall you are but it will be able to tell how much you
weigh.

but to help you better how much are you willing to spend?

oh and for the burton question, yes they use a three hole pattern on their boards so your bindings are going to need baseplates to match.

but thats all i got for now but ne questions just post em up

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Old 01-03-2007, 01:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i would go nothing less than 158
Burton Rossi or k2
remember addias bought out Salomon so there technology is coming to and end

spend the money on boots
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i would go nothing less than 158
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remember addias bought out Salomon so there technology is coming to and end

spend the money on boots
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help fellas. I just graduated from college and have a job now so money really isn't an issue for me. I just don't want to spend a fortune on something a beginner wouldn't necessarily need. Maybe down the road.

Has Salomon quality really gone down since Adidas bought them? My parents who skiied 20 years ago swore by their bindings.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help fellas. I just graduated from college and have a job now so money really isn't an issue for me. I just don't want to spend a fortune on something a beginner wouldn't necessarily need. Maybe down the road.

Has Salomon quality really gone down since Adidas bought them? My parents who skiied 20 years ago swore by their bindings.
yea saloman has just gone downhill...since adidas baught em...sigh...its sad...it really is...another company that's been around for so long is going to ****
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So what would I have to pick from as far as boot designs are concerned? Are they all inner & outer tongue designs? What have you all seen/experienced?
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So what would I have to pick from as far as boot designs are concerned? Are they all inner & outer tongue designs? What have you all seen/experienced?
well there are various designs..some thick...some thin...some that inflate...and some have the new boa lacing system...it's really something you have to do on your own...just roll into a local board shop and try a ton of boots on and let us know what ones fit the best i love my Forum boa boots...they are really lightweight but yet fit my feet good...(wide with a small ankle)...i've also had k2 boots in the past and had problems with keeping my feet warm
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Been looking at a couple of boards so far in no particular order...


Burton Triumph 160
Burton Custom X 160 a bit pricey though
Rossignol Scope 161
K2 Nemesis 161
Ride Havoc 159

Any recommendations from the Forum fanatic?


Also, I noticed some boards were labeled as "wide." Is this determined from your shoe size or something else?
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Been looking at a couple of boards so far in no particular order...


Burton Triumph 160
Burton Custom X 160 a bit pricey though
Rossignol Scope 161
K2 Nemesis 161
Ride Havoc 159

Any recommendations from the Forum fanatic?


Also, I noticed some boards were labeled as "wide." Is this determined from your shoe size or something else?
you are correct. wide boards have a larger waist so they are able to fit people with larger fit......id say 11's(in snowboard boots not street shoes) are where you boarderline between normal and wide board, but then again your stance width and angles are also a factor
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