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Just started snowboarding last year, Got pretty good at it so im gonna buy some gear for next year while its still cheap. Prolly online i was wondering what you guys recommend.

Im 5ft 10in, 130 pounds,i wear size 11 boots and i ride all mountain. I need recommendations on everything boots, bindings, board, and helmet. i already got the goggles. Thought id ask the experts, all help is appreciated.

Oh yea and im a guy soooo yea. 15 if that makes a difference but next season ill be 16. (sorry for posting all this in the boards section i was confused)

Ok so i got my board! it's the Salomon official with Salomon Chief bindings!

 

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How much are you looking to spend (on everything and individually)?

We can give you a bunch of recommendations, but that'll help narrow it down a lot.

One thing that I can tell you right now is that you're going to want to buy boots in store (or at least try them on, but I feel that's slightly unethical to try them on and then buy them somewhere else). It's pretty important to know if they'll feel right.
Also, buy a bit larger than what you need right now. At 15 you still probably have a lot of growing left to do (if not height wise, weight wise :p)
 

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I prolly have a $800 dollar limit on everything (give or take $100)

ok that helps but id have to choose my board and bindings before the boots just to make sure they'll match.
i wear size 10.5 shoes but last time i was riding i got 11's but those were pretty good fit so prolly a 12 or 11.5 for next season. thanks by the way :)

for individually i'd say more on the board and bindings not so much on the boots or helmet seeing ill prolly get different ones sooner then the board and bindings. and i hear that bindings are very important to get good ones but i guess i wouldnt know whats your thoughts?
 

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Boots are the most important piece of your kit for actual enjoyment of snowboarding...if your boots suck and are uncomfortable your season is going to blow... That's why you should both try on your boots in store before you buy and why you should spend the amount of money it takes for you to feel comfortable. That doesn't mean you should go buy the most expensive pair of boots out there, it means try on as many pairs as you can and buy the ones that fit the best to your foot regardless of what they cost.
 

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Just to add to Lise's comment, you need to be careful about "comfortable" boots. As a general rule of thumb, snowboard boots should not be comfortable out of the box. They all have this breaking-in stage in order to reach maximum comfort. Something that is comfortable right out of the box might become too loose as you get some days on them. Boots should fit snug when new. This means they should fit tight, but not tight to the point of being restricting. I would equate this feeling with wearing brand new dress shoes.

You have to make sure that your heel does not lift off the sole too much. Heel lift should be at the absolute minimum or none at all (the latter is highly preferable). You can test this by flexing the boot from heel to toe when you try it on.

As Lise already stated, you can have the best board and binding possible, but if you have a bad pair of boots, it makes them worthless. It will be the equivalent of driving in a Ferrari with solid plastic seats.

Higher prices does not necessarily mean that its a better boot. The best boot is one that fits your feet the best regardless of price.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. im going to Saint cloud to a couple stores this weekend to try on boots that i like and get one then but i still need help on advice for which boards are good for me to get im a intermediate rider i would say so i need help on that before this weekend so i can match my board and bindings with my boots.
Need help on binding advice too. (helmet to but i dont think the helmet matters as much)
 

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Ya definitely try on boots. Makes sure they are snug and there is no heel lift. I ended up buying a new pair of boots just after 4 times snowboarding because it doesn't fit well (which is a waste of money).
 

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Board sizing wise, I'd say look in the 148-153 range. Shorter for more freestyle oriented riding and longer for more all-mountain or powder riding. For all-mountain, I'd do a 149 or 150 with your measurements.

I highly recommend getting a board that has an all-mountain rocker. This will be a board with a mellow rocker that will give you good float for the powder days while still being really playful on groomers.

My personal recommendations

K2: Turbo Dream <--- Number 1 choice, sick ass all-mountain board

Ride: Machete <---- This is a freestyle board, but it rocks all-mountain as well, Concept TMS

Burton: Joystick, Custom V-Rocker, Custom X <---- This one is fast and stiff so if you like bombing down runs this is for you

Lib Tech: Banana Magic <---- Expensive, but if you find one that is affordable, don't hesitate. Travis Rice C2 <---- Haven't personally demoed one yet, but I hear nothing but great things about it

As for bindings, you'll want to get bindings that match the board's flex. Softer board means softer bindings. You want all mountain so your boards will be in the medium-stiff range. You'll want bindings that flex in that range as well.

I personally favor Flow, Rome, or Ride bindings.

Flow: NXT-FSE <---- my current bindings, NXT-ATSE

Rome: Targa for all mountain, 390 for freestyle

Ride: Delta for freestyle, SPI all mountain.... I love both of these bindings
 

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Leo Dude thanks! i fell in love with the k2 turbo dream right when i looked at it. i definitly want it! i just can find a good deal for it everything costs 480 ish except the ones that are more than 153 and i definitly dont think i can go over 153cm because im really into doing tricks. any help finding a deal on it is very appreciated! i looked at the flow nxt's too and they were amazing! i couldnt tell if they'd match the 153 k2 tho so let me know what you guys think on that

Edit: there also might be a problem with the k2 turbo dream, im afraid their will be heel and two drag because im wearing 11.5 maybe 12 or 11. what do you think? am i right?
 

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You might have a bit of toe drag with that board but you won't know until you put some bindings on it and get in with your boots and test it out. If you're under a 12 you're on the cusp of needing a wide board.

Also as far as matching bindings to board go if you're talking about appearance believe me you're worrying about the wrong thing. If you love that deck and love those bindings but the colors don't match right who freaking cares... you'll have a sweet riding board/binding combo and nobody will notice that it doesn't match because honestly nobody besides yourself even pays attention to that on the mountain. Get the gear you like and works well with each other not what matches color wise.
 

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You might have a bit of toe drag with that board but you won't know until you put some bindings on it and get in with your boots and test it out. If you're under a 12 you're on the cusp of needing a wide board.

Also as far as matching bindings to board go if you're talking about appearance believe me you're worrying about the wrong thing. If you love that deck and love those bindings but the colors don't match right who freaking cares... you'll have a sweet riding board/binding combo and nobody will notice that it doesn't match because honestly nobody besides yourself even pays attention to that on the mountain. Get the gear you like and works well with each other not what matches color wise.
+10 for this post.

Color coordination should be your last concern. I have white and gold bindings on a board that is mainly black and red with only a little white. The red NXT-ATSEs looked better on my board, but I loved the FSEs a lot more so I picked those up instead. I quite like that it doesn't match too much actually. My white and gold bindings stand out when you look at it on a black and red board.

More people are going to notice what you are wearing rather than your boots, board, and bindings. Color-wise that is.
 

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ok well either way i know i want this board and i want the nxt fse bindings cuz they sound great the only problem is that it might not be wide enough :( if i get this board should i be good with the feet size thing or what because if i buy the board online (from the k2 website most likely) i dont think i will be able to return it soo i need to know before and i know for sure i am getting all the gear before the weekend so fast help is needed and apreciated!
 

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Everyone telling you to try on the boots in the stores is great advice, most comfortable pair of boots ive owned i have now, got them for 100$ so price isnt everthing haha.
i was gona recommend a Skate banana 152 for your board, im about your size and i ride that, most amazing board ive ever ridden.
as for bindings, im riding burton customs because i got them cheap, and there actually super nice and ive had no problems with them. Ive also ridden union forces and those were really nice too.
have fun :D
 

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You have to get a definite boot size before anyone can help you with the board width. I can't give you any personal experiences with board width because I'm only a size 10. I just know that for size 11 and up, your board should be around 25cm an above. It's kind of tough with your measurements. Your weight is on the lighter side for your height and foot size. At 153cm, I'm inclined to think you'll need a wide board.
 

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Hey Leo, I'm just curious do you like the turbo dream or machete more?
And you sir have just stumbled upon my conundrum. I am torn between these boards as my next stick. Actually, I'm torn between 4 boards lol.

I'll try to look at this objectively. For purely all mountain riding, I am going to favor the Turbo Dream hands down. The problem is, I ride freestyle all-mountain. I hit everything I can find while shredding. The Machete is sick for this. But just cruising and bombing and hitting kickers, the Turbo Dream is better.

Also, the Machete is better for buttering. Not the softest freestyle board out there, but it's softer than the TD.

So yea... I don't know which one I like better. I guess the better question is, which one do I favor on a given day? If I could have both, I would buy both. As of now, I don't know which one I'll pick up.
 

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The biggest issue you're going to face is that most boards in the size you're looking for don't come in wide... for example the turbo dream comes in a wide model but it starts at a 157... I'll have to think about this for a minute and see if I can think of anything in a wide or mid-wide that fits the length you'll need. I'm going to go out and say that you'll most likely need a wide if your boots are over an 11 which they probably will be. I ride a size 13 boot but I'm also 6'3" 260 so finding boards in a wide for my size is not as difficult.
 

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Yes this is my problem that i've been seening i've looked at over a hundred boards and nothing their all mostly 24.7cm wide but i wear 10 shoes so i was just hoping when i go to try boats on it's about 10 but it most likly wont so i really need help with the board situation. i was also worried that if i got a wide board it would be heavier, and less manuverable and i really want to start on the tricks so that could be a problem :( let me know what you think and give some suggestions on the boards too
 
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