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notthe1 01-20-2012 12:38 PM

New From New York
Hi, I'm a 27 year old from NY,NY. I have been skiing since I was 6 but during my most recent trip to Killington, I tried snowboarding. Ever since, that's all I want to do!! I know when I've got the bug for something so rather then shell out money for rentals, I went ahead and ordered a setup. I was hoping to get a little feedback from you guys on it:

Rome Artifact Rocker [2011] (I am 5'7 and I weigh approx. 147 lbs]
Salomon Dialogue Boots [2011]
Flow the Five bindings [2011]
Demon Seven Helmet[I don't ski with a helmet but I feel like I am going to need one for this]

I was originally going to go with the Burton Blunt 151 but I really could not pass up the deal I got on these items.
I want to ride the mountain but I really would like to learn how to ride the park which is why I got the kind of board I did...I figured I can't suck forever so I should have a board I can "grow into" ... what do you all think?

Smokehaus 01-20-2012 12:41 PM

What size is the Artifact?

And good for you on getting a helmet.

Smokehaus 01-20-2012 12:47 PM

And the Artifact is pretty much a straight noodle (correct me if I am wrong) so it will be great for the park unless you start hitting bigger jumps.

notthe1 01-20-2012 12:52 PM

Sorry for forgetting that. The Artifact is a 153. And I wanted a board that can be great in the park, but also one that I can hit the mountain with my skier friends if need be.

Smokehaus 01-20-2012 01:00 PM

The Agent might of been a better choice due to the fact that it is a little stiffer, but if your mountain is small enough I am sure you can get away with it. We need some people who have ridden these to chime in as they will be of better help to you.

Shazkar 01-20-2012 01:06 PM

I haven't ridden, but I know someone with an Artifact rocker... I would've gone with something stiffer like a Reverb or an Agent for all mountaining w/ park ability

(This is based on what I've read, an e-mail exchange I had with someone at Rome SDS, and what one of my friends have, not personal experience)

notthe1 01-20-2012 08:00 PM

I do have some concern about how much flex the board has but I've read that while it def. has a lot flex, its got enough stiffness that you can have fun carving down the mountain too. I am very new to snowboarding, so I wonder how the flex of the board will impact my learning especially considering I haven't snowboarded enough that I can tell how much different this new board will be to the one I rode previously.

Smokehaus 01-20-2012 08:05 PM

A softer board with alternate camber (reverse, flat, hybrid) will be much easier to learn on than a stiff cambered board. It will easier to manipulate and you will have a harder time catching an edge do to the lifted contact points. That being said, some people feel that while it may be easier to learn on it can teach bad habits.

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