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Howddy folks!

Figured I'd throw myself out there this winter and try something new, so my buddy and I are going to start boarding!
My biggest question on getting started (past boots) is what type of board should I get as a complete beginner? Going off charts and everything else I've looked into (minimally) I'd fit between a 155-160 long. I have a pair of sz 10 Burton Jet boots (not sure how relevant that may or may not be.) I figure that if I go at least 5 times this year as a minimum, I'll rack up $100 in rental alone for a board, so getting a used board isn't a complete waste of money in any way.

Can someone with better knowledge than me lend a hand (or a board!) ?:yahoo:
 

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You might be able to find a half decent used board for $100, but consider this. If you try snowboarding and hate it? (...might seem unlikely, but it happens.) Then several hundred dollars for boots & board? Now that's a waste of money.

I suggest that first you go and take a lesson, (or several) with some rented or borrowed gear! If you love it? That will be the time to spend some coin on the good stuff! (...and you will spend some coin!!!) ;)
 

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So stoked that you are getting into it!

Since you already have boots, you can do this very inexpensively and get amazing gear. The best way to insure that you are going to love boarding is to get gear that is not only well sized for your specifics but also that is well set up. Equally important is that the next time you go ride, you get on the same, equally awesome, correctly set up gear. That way you are not learning/adjusting to the gear each time you go but rather are focusing all of your efforts on riding...as it should be.

Please post up your weight an foot size and we will be happy to get you some solid suggestions.
 

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Got it. It is actually your foot size (not your boot size) which matters.

Please measure your foot using this method:

Kick your heel (barefoot please, no socks) back against a wall. Mark the floor exactly at the tip of your toe (the one that sticks out furthest - which toe this is will vary by rider). Measure from the mark on the floor to the wall. That is your foot length and is the only measurement that you will want to use. Measure in centimeters if possible, but if not, take inches and multiply by 2.54 (example: an 11.25 inch foot x 2.54 = 28.57 centimeters).
 

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Can someone with better knowledge than me lend a hand (or a board!) ?:yahoo:
Where you planning on trying it? Glen Eden has a noob package for $50 including rentals, lessons, and a beginner lift ticket. Blue has a similar package for $80 or so. This can be cheaper than lift tickets alone on regular days.

I strongly suggest these types of deals. They're meant to give you a good taste of the sport without costing you much, so take advantage of them!

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That's actually very confusing. It's implied that the boot size or shoe size is the size of your foot. Don't make up stuff, plz. Boot size is foot size!

I hear many silly things when I got started and shopped for snowboard boots online and B&M stores. They say, your shoe size is not the same as snowboard boots. That's true but you have to read between the lines. If you like to wear your tennis shoe loose, then no, your tennis shoe is not equal to snowboard boots. If you have a properly fitted shoe for running or long distance walking, that's your foot size!

Just to make it simple, snowboard boots sizing are designed like tennis or running shoes. If one brand or model isn't right, it's the QC problem of that company, not the human's foot.
Got it. It is actually your foot size (not your boot size) which matters.

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Hi Trey,

Thanks for your comment.

The important measurement in terms of determining correct board size (width) is foot length. This is how boards are designed. Boot size varies greatly by manufacturer and by rider fit preference.
 

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That's actually very confusing. It's implied that the boot size or shoe size is the size of your foot. Don't make up stuff, plz. Boot size is foot size!
He's right. It's foot size that's more important for determining waist width. It's your foot that acts on the board (through the boot). So board width should be based on the length of your foot, no matter what boot you choose to stuff it in! :D
 

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Alright, well my ACTUAL foot length is 26.125 cm.

I haven't really decided yet, I only live 20 minutes from Chicopee (I know it's a craptastic hill in the grand scheme) but more cost effective for my learning I would think.
 

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That's actually very confusing. It's implied that the boot size or shoe size is the size of your foot. Don't make up stuff, plz. Boot size is foot size!
Hey Trey,

The proper course of action when you are confused is to ask questions, not accuse people of lying. The actual length of boots varies quite a bit between companies (up to a full size). That's why your actual foot measurement matters. Simplifying it by saying your boot size is the same as a tight tennis shoe is where many people go wrong. It's a good place to start, but not the final straw by any means.
 

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Hey Trey,

The proper course of action when you are confused is to ask questions, not accuse people of lying....
+1!
Trey, you're new so maybe you haven't done a lot of checking out past posts, but WS has been here a long time giving totally legit help and advice to beginner and expert alike. Just sayin'!
 

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Alright, well my ACTUAL foot length is 26.125 cm.

I haven't really decided yet, I only live 20 minutes from Chicopee (I know it's a craptastic hill in the grand scheme) but more cost effective for my learning I would think.
Stoked, and thanks for that extra info. 26 cm is actually a US size 8 shoe size. 26.5 is a US size 8.5. This is why we always ask this question. It is not a problem at all and it does not indicate for sure that your boots are the incorrect size. This is not uncommon.

Give me a bit. I am going to do a search and see if I have an appropriate board that I can hook you up with. More soon.
 

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Hi Guelph,

I have a board that will be perfect for you. It is brand new but has a minor chip on the nose from shipping. I will be happy to send it to you (free of charge, of course). Please PM your email and shipping address.

Stoked!
 

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Hi Guelph,

I have a board that will be perfect for you. It is brand new but has a minor chip on the nose from shipping. I will be happy to send it to you (free of charge, of course). Please PM your email and shipping address.

Stoked!
:thumbsup: Awesome as usual WS! One question tho,..

How do you fit the halo under your helmet/beanie when you ride? ;) :thumbsup:
 

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Shit like this makes me want to buy something from Wiredsports even though I don't particularly need anything. Kudos man!
 

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Can I say I'M STOKED!

So pumped for this! Christmas has come early! Thank you WS! You're honestly the most generous person I've ever come in contact with!
 
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