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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm sure this site gets tons of these questions but here it goes
I just started riding, looking for a board to call my own. That way I can get my bindings set up the way I want and save money on the rental fees. I'm looking at doing this as cheap as possible but don't want a total piece of crap.

I've been looking at boardsforless.com They carry Millenium 3, LTD, and Lamar mainly. There's a 163cm M3 that I've been looking at but can't pull the trigger because I don't want to get stuck with junk.

So, here's the deal, would you all recommend any of these brands for a beginner? To go snowboarding I have to drive 4 hours hoth ways and having 2 children mean I can't go every weekend of the short season. So, I don't want to drop a grand on a full Burton, K2, or the like on board, boots, and bindings.

Sorry, I didn't mean to ramble but what is the best bang for your buck deals on boards, bindings, and boots that you all have seen?
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Those brands are not going to being nearly the quality of the bigger names. Get a last year model from a respectable company. Neversummer, Burton, Ride, K2, Lib and few others.


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I have an M3. It's perfect for me. I'm not good enough to notice the difference between company. No shit. I'm not hucking back flip tail grabs and things either. So in my assumption, a board is just that. It goes down the hill. Yes, I'm sure someone will argue with me saying the material the weight. That will all make a difference when I get a bit more comfortable and start jumping. As for now. It doesn't mean a thing to me. You said you won't be able to go all the time, and it's a combined 8 hours of just DRIVING? Well. You have to look seriously. A set up of a board, boots, bindings, then pants, coat, golves. It all add's up. Sure you don't need nothing aside from the board, bindings and boots, but those extras are nice. You're looking at a minimum of $300 brand new. Used you may be able to come accross a deal. Better yet, if you can hold off till the end of the season, you can nab a sexy discount I'm sure. Seasonal sports always have close-out sales trying to make room for next season merch. Though, with that drive and gas prices, I don't know if you would be saving at all by getting a board. Rentals are around $20? Say you get a set up for... $400. Devide that by $20 and you get 20. That means you have to snow board 20 times on a board you own for it to have paid for itself. IMO an 8 hour trip isn't worth that, and I wouldn't be getting a season pass. How long would it honestly take you to get 20 rides? If it were me, it would probably be a good 6 years at that distance. EASY! I'm not that dedicated. By the time it payed off, I would need a new board. It would be chewed up, and oxidized. Haha. That's just me though. Snowboarding is just something I'm picking up to pass the winter. I miss my dirtbike.
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Glad to hear somebody that likes the M3. The rental fee up there is 31 bucks and its well worth the 4 hour drive to me. I am very addicted to it now. But, to make up my costs it would be better to not have to drop a grand on equipment. I already have my jacket, gloves, and goggles. I just picked up a pair of Spyder pants on clearance at Dicks. I would just like to have a little more info on where people find all these deals on the more name brand boards. I've been keeping my eye on whiskeymilitia and other sites. I would just like to hear more peoples opinions that have rode LTD, Lamar, and M3 and that have riden other sticks.
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I'm kinda in the same boat with you nsane1. I'm a beginner and I have to drive 3hrs round trip, but it's definitely well worth it. I would definitely look into buying a used board from a reputable company. There are pros and cons with doing that though. You can a board cheaper but you probably won't get what you want nor will it be a beginner's board. If you have the patience though, you can still learn on it. Me personally, I am willing to get an intermediate board upfront and take the time to progress into it. May not be the best method, but on the other hand I won't have anything to compare it to. I will just learn that board.
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See I'm wanting a more intermediate board as well. I just don't want to give list price. I wouldn't mind giving up to 250 for a damn good board. But no more than that. What's some good websites to getname brand boards cheap and on clearance? I would love to buy a Never Summer.
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Not sure if they NS boards, but they have a clearance section. Check The House Burton Snowboards, Snowboard Boots, Bindings, Jackets, Pants, Clothing, K2, Ride, DC, Holden, Bonfire & buysnow.com
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Those prices are still a little steep for me. Maybe they'll be cheaper in the off season? I do see some cheap ones but I have to have a 163-167cm wide board. I'm 6'3" 230lbs. They're not on sale at all.

oh, BTW, @crash77 my trip is 8 hours round trip. 4 hours one way. But, its still totally worth it to me.

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Wow! 8hr round trip. But once u have a passion for sumthing...what can u do?! I have a weekend trip planned for the end of this month. It's the last time I'll get to go for the season. I am purchasing a used 2010 Lib Tech T.Rice from a forum member for $290 shipped. It's an intermediate to advanced board, but I want snowboard so bad, I don't care, I'll learn. That's a good place to check for boards too.
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I hear ya on the passion part. I am going this weekend and next. Haha 68 bucks a day. I would pay a board off quick.
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