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Old 08-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, figured I would post up here to introduce myself and maybe get some advice about gear.

I used to snowboard a couple times a year(usually weekend or week long trips) when I was in my teens. I had to stop as I started taking hockey more seriously. I am now almost done with college and have not touched my gear in about 7+ years. I wanted to see what you guys thought about it and what I should be looking to replace(recommendations would be greatly appreciated as I have no idea whats good anymore).

for gear I have: an option supercap board, option bindings(not sure of the model, but they are most likely low end), ride boots(size 9, I wear size 11 nike shoes. think the boots are too small?), a giro helmet, burton jacket(again I can't remember the model), and I think I have some oakley goggles around but I may have lost them the last time I was at the mountain. what do you guys think of this stuff?

I plan on riding as much as I can this season since I can get onto the mountain near college for free. would you recommend any other pieces of gear I need? keep in mind I am a college student so the cheaper the better.

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Old 08-28-2012, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hm, gear that's been sitting around for 7+ years, so it's older than that...

It's too bad you're on a student budget. I'd say replace everything asap. Even in the 3-4 years that I've been snowboarding, the tech has changed. Not to mention your edges and core have probably deteriorated. Maybe check out craigslist or something for the prices on 1-2 year old equipment.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hm, gear that's been sitting around for 7+ years, so it's older than that...

It's too bad you're on a student budget. I'd say replace everything asap. Even in the 3-4 years that I've been snowboarding, the tech has changed. Not to mention your edges and core have probably deteriorated. Maybe check out craigslist or something for the prices on 1-2 year old equipment.
lmfao - what the fuck are you talking about??

yea most boards are rockered now, but edges and core "deteriorated"?? maybe if he stored it outside in the rain or something... otherwise fuck it, its fine.

the core in your board is not going to rot out just from sitting there not getting used. i suppose the edges could get some surface rust from moisture in the air but that is easily removed with a small piece of steel wool or a brillo pad.

if the boots are too small then replace them - boots are the most important part of your setup because they dictate how comfortable you'll be. you really should get the boots that fit you the best, regardless of brand or price.

albeit a cambered board, those options were(are?) sought after back in the day as they went out of business but had a pretty strong following that liked their boards.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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lmfao - what the fuck are you talking about??

yea most boards are rockered now, but edges and core "deteriorated"?? maybe if he stored it outside in the rain or something... otherwise fuck it, its fine.

the core in your board is not going to rot out just from sitting there not getting used. i suppose the edges could get some surface rust from moisture in the air but that is easily removed with a small piece of steel wool or a brillo pad.

if the boots are too small then replace them - boots are the most important part of your setup because they dictate how comfortable you'll be. you really should get the boots that fit you the best, regardless of brand or price.

albeit a cambered board, those options were(are?) sought after back in the day as they went out of business but had a pretty strong following that liked their boards.
Thanks for the responses guys.

My board does have some rust on the edges but once I remove that and get it waxed and tuned up I should be good to go as long as it is not too narrow for the new, bigger boots I will need to get, correct?

anyone have suggestions for pants or gloves? I am assuming burton is still a solid brand? like I said, not really sure what brands are good and which aren't anymore. I don't want to wind up with crap gear.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The width of your old board should be fine. Start by tryin' on some 10.5 boots and see how comfortable they are (don't buy online..get your ass in a store and try them on). You're done growing so you won't need room for your toes at the front of the boot. When you buy them, make sure they are a snug fit, not loose like a tennis shoe, they will pack out after a day or two of riding.


As far as gear, get at least 10k/10k. Higher if you can based on cost. The price on 5k gear is tempting, but your ass will regret it when snow starts melting through your ass on the lifts. I really like Oakley and Airblaster, although I don't think that one brand is better than any other. I don't personally own any Volcom gear, but everything I've seen in person or heard has been top notch.

Obviously Goretex is king, but that might be hard to come by on a tight budget. Check oakleyvault.com for some decent priced oakley gear from last year.

I would say you should be able to get a really nice pair of boots, and a decent jacket and pants for $400 or under.

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Sooo how big is your board? You say you haven't touched it in 7 years, meaning you've obviously gone from a puny 8th grader to a college student. Depending on your weight and height now, it might be way to small for you.
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The width of your old board should be fine. Start by tryin' on some 10.5 boots and see how comfortable they are. You're done growing so you won't need room for your toes at the front of the boot, and they are going to pack out after you ride in them. When you buy them, make sure they are a snug fit, not loose like a tennis shoe, they will pack out after a day or two of riding.


Even though the tech has changed, there's nothing wrong with riding your old gear. If you have extra cash to upgrade your board or bindings or even clothing do it, but spend all your money on a nice set of comfortable boots first.
Thanks for the tips. I was planning to keep my board and bindings for now. But I definitely need some boots and pants. it sounds like boot sizing lines up pretty close to regular sneaker sizing? any suggestions for good boot brands?

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Sooo how big is your board? You say you haven't touched it in 7 years, meaning you've obviously gone from a puny 8th grader to a college student. Depending on your weight and height now, it might be way to small for you.
my old board is a 160. I am about 5'11 and 150 pounds right now, so tall and skinny. weight can affect the size of board I need?
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Thanks for the tips. I was planning to keep my board and bindings for now. But I definitely need some boots and pants. it sounds like boot sizing lines up pretty close to regular sneaker sizing? any suggestions for good boot brands?



my old board is a 160. I am about 5'11 and 150 pounds right now, so tall and skinny. weight can affect the size of board I need?
That'll be on the big end for you but that should be fine for getting back to basics. You were obviously sold a board using the ridiculously stupid between chin and lips method.

Yes. Weight is the primary factor in board length. It depends on the specific board and desired use though.
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That'll be on the big end for you but that's fine. Good for freeride. You were obviously sold a board using the ridiculously stupid between chin and lips method.
yup, thats how I remember sizing boards. whats the best way to measure a board? I also have an old oxygen 149 that I found as well.
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yup, thats how I remember sizing boards. whats the best way to measure a board? I also have an old oxygen 149 that I found as well.
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