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I need some advice! I would like to buy my first snowboard (and bindings) during the upcoming clearance season. I just started snowboarding this year and have gone about 5 times so far. I figure it would be more fun (and cheaper) to have my own board for next year. I am looking for a beginner/intermediate all-mountain board that I won't "outgrow" in 1-2 years. I haven't settled on camber vs. rocker. vs. hybrid yet.

Age 30
Ht/Weight: 5'11", 155 lbs
Boot size: I have 32 Lashed Size 11
Riding style: This year, I have only gone down small mountains at local SoCal ski resorts. By the end of this season, I would like to be able to do small jumps on the slopes. Next year I would like to be able to use my board on some Mammoth or Utah trips. I'm not interested in learning rails, half pipes, or other park stuff.
Budget: Very flexible. My priorities are quality and fun factor rather than cost. Ideally I would like to spend between $300-400 for board and bindings, but I don't mind spending more if necessary.

Most online calculators are recommending that I buy something in the 158-159 cm range with a 253-254 mm width. The Rossignol Templar Snowboard, Machete, and K2 Raygun look like they would be good bets. My main worry is that I will outgrow the board in 1-2 years and have to spend another $500 on a new board (as mentioned in other threads about the Raygun). I feel like I am an average learner compared to other people in the classes I have taken (meaning that I am making steady improvements every time I go the mountains, but I'm not a natural genius either). Buying a used board is not really an option, because I don't have any friends who could advise me on the condition of a used board. I don't necessarily need a 2012/2013 model board, and I don't care about brands.

I would appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.
 

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At 155 you don't need anything that long for most things. I'm 145 and ride 150-153 just fine.

Blunted tips also help.

154-156 seems more like it. Your best bet is to look around and find models that fit your size and price range. Then read reviews on them. Then bring them back here for final suggestions.

BA loves the Raygun, and says you won't outgrow it. So there is that.

In your second year any well received board is going to serve you just fine. Never Summer, Arbor, Flow, Smokin, Rome, the list goes on and on.
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. If I get a 154-156 cm board, do I need to get a mid/wide board then to accommodate the 23 Lashed Size 11 boots? I don't think they have footprint reduction.

I don't know how accurate the various online calculators are, but they are stating that I need a 253-254 mm width board. I'm not sure how the rental places are placing my bindings. I'm assuming I'm boarding with a forward stance with +15/+6 angle. Unfortunately there aren't any local board shops nearby for me to try on various widths.

Per the interweb:

Ride Machete (? 2012) 155 - Width 247 mm
GNU rider's choice 154.5 cm - Width 248 mm
K2 Raygun 156 - Width 249 mm
Rossignol Templar MagTek 156 - Width 249 mm
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Lib Technologies Skate Banana Original BTX- Width 253
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Ride Machete (?2012) Wide 154 - Width 260 mm
K2 Raygun Wide 157 - Width 262 mm
 

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I'm new to snowboarding as well, but with a size 11 boot you're a mid/wide so 256, 258 would be good from what I've gathered.
 

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QUOTE=OU812;735746]I'm new to snowboarding as well, but with a size 11 boot you're a mid/wide so 256, 258 would be good from what I've gathered.[/QUOTE]

I have size 11 boots and a 25.2 waist with almost no overhang so low to mid 25s will be perfect.

I really like the 2010 Burton Guru for a cheap all mtn ride. Its cambered, slight taper, mid flex, pretty fast sintered base, easy to make any turns on but also will help you progress and still be a good board for better riders down the road. Im 165-170 lbs and also 5'11" and i really like the 156 its maneuverable and stable at speed. The house has one for $270. Use coupon code h30404 and get another 5% off.
 

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I guess youre right on the cusp of regular or wide. Ive got 32 lashed, and as far as I know, they are not any longer than a normal boot; maybe just a wider footprint. Im shorter than you, and about 150, and I ride a 152. I love the park, and sometimes I feel like I could go shorter if I didnt care much about all mtn.
 

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2013 GNU Carbon Credit?

So I went to my local shop, and they recommended a GNU Carbon Credit for my needs. It was on sale for $240. Specs are rocker, magne-traction, 156 length, 252 width and 6/10 flex. The only thing that concerns me is the 6/10 flex. Will that be too hard to learn on? Right now I am getting solid at linking S turns.
 
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