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MikeCL 10-17-2012 06:29 PM

Hey Mike here!
 
Where to start... I will be a first time rider, I've had my board now for 3 seasons and I have yet to mount anything on it just because trying to find time after work is hard, but I really plan on going out this year..

About my board I won it in a give-a-way a Sierra reverse crew that's 151 cm, only thing about the board is it might be a little on the small size since I went test fitting yesterday and a size 11 boot fits me just right so it was pretty much the same as my normal shoe size.

I was wondering how quick it would be to get the basics? I'm pretty sure once I get the hang of it I will be making trips plus once I get the hang of it my buddy wants me to go boarding with him sometimes.

a bag of it 10-17-2012 07:20 PM

Everyone is different but you could definitely keep up with your buddy after a solid season.

aubzobot 10-17-2012 07:52 PM

To get to the point of making good linked turns down a green I'd say a good 5-10 full days out there. Once you've got that you can just explore and push yourself.

MikeCL 10-17-2012 08:12 PM

last year sucked here in the North East hopefully this year will be better Around or after thanksgiving I plan on heading out.

I was going to head to a smallish place, for those that live in CT I was thinking Mt. Southington.

I also wanted to say for the boots I was looking at the 32 BOA boots, they had a pretty good fit and the BOA system was easy, I did not get around to trying a few others on, I haven't made up my mind on bindings yet, any suggestions?

a bag of it 10-17-2012 09:21 PM

Boa sucks, don't buy boa whatever you do

MikeCL 10-17-2012 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a bag of it (Post 527901)
Boa sucks, don't buy boa whatever you do

Reason why not? I've heard more good then bad.

having said that the thirty-two's I'm a size 11 in so I would need a L or XL binding?

The one I tried on

http://www.rei.com/product/838959/th...boots-20122013

a bag of it 10-17-2012 09:46 PM

Large would be fine, most bindings come in L/XL anyways. Boas break all the time, especially if you like your boots super tight. They always seem to break at the worst times. Not to mention you don't have nearly as much control as to where the boot actually tightens. The only real benefit is that they are slightly quicker to tie...but lets be honest here, are you really that lazy that you cant tie up your boots once a day?

I'm curious as to what good things you heard about them?

MikeCL 10-17-2012 09:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a bag of it (Post 527911)
Large would be fine, most bindings come in L/XL anyways. Boas break all the time, especially if you like your boots super tight. They always seem to break at the worst times. Not to mention you don't have nearly as much control as to where the boot actually tightens. The only real benefit is that they are slightly quicker to tie...but lets be honest here, are you really that lazy that you cant tie up your boots once a day?

I'm curious as to what good things you heard about them?

Most of what I heard was it being quicker to tighten and undo, How often do laces start to loosen up anyways since I've been reading around and it seems like it happens more then one.

While I was trying on the boot if it's too tight it causes a pressure point right at my ankle, and seeing as they come with an extra wire I guess the wire snaps a bit often?

a bag of it 10-17-2012 10:08 PM

I snapped my boas 3 times in less than 2 months...then I just didn't replace it again and bought regular boots...never again. Granted I was racing boardercross at the time and was absolutely cranking the boots down...but either way, it's going break to sooner or later and not every shop carries the replacements.

My nike boots do not loosen at all...at least not a noticeable amount with an entire day of riding, and I'm willing to bet I ride a lot harder than most people on this forum. Nike has a system that locks down the laces at the ankle, locks it down at each eyelet above the ankle, then also has a strap that goes over everything...and of course you can always double knot it if you're really worried (I don't). I'm sure other boot makers have forms of this as well...you definitely shouldn't have to worry about your boots loosening up ever, I know I don't. And don't think that those boas can't get loose, all it takes is a slight bump to unlock that ratchet.

MikeCL 10-17-2012 10:15 PM

hmm I can see that happening falling and it pops off or something, I heard burton's dual zone lace is decent but I think they run small in size?


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