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Hello fellow snowboarders!

I will start off with talking alittle about myself. I live in Sweden and have been snowboarding for a few season (converted from skies) and have come to the point where I simply feel like I need my own equiptment.

My stats are:

6 ft
185 pound
shoe size 11.5

So I guess I need a wide board who is medium stiff?

But the board/binding/shoe market is a jungle and I don't know what I should be looking for!

I want board/boots/bindings that will allow me to ride in the park but I still want to be able to do some fairly big jumps and ride outside the park also.

Don't know what more to say, I'm open to everything!

I'm sorry if my english is not 100% correct since I live in Sweden (eu)

Thanks!

Edit: Been looking on the following snowboards, any thoughts?

Ride Machete
Nitro T1
K2 Parkstar
K2 Happy Hour
K2 Slayblade
K2 Fastplant

Any thoughts?
 

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Hello fellow snowboarders!

I will start off with talking alittle about myself. I live in Sweden and have been snowboarding for a few season (converted from skies) and have come to the point where I simply feel like I need my own equiptment.

My stats are:

6 ft
185 pound
shoe size 11.5

So I guess I need a wide board who is medium stiff?

But the board/binding/shoe market is a jungle and I don't know what I should be looking for!

I want board/boots/bindings that will allow me to ride in the park but I still want to be able to do some fairly big jumps and ride outside the park also.

Don't know what more to say, I'm open to everything!

I'm sorry if my english is not 100% correct since I live in Sweden (eu)

Thanks!
Looks like you are looking for an allmountain-freestyle deck. Watch out for Salomon Villain, Capita DOA or a Bataleon Evil Twin/Lobster Park Baord. But I'd recommend to demo Bataleon/Lobster before you buy it cause TBT is not everybody's taste. It shouldn't be hard to find them on a demo day especially in Sweden.

As for boots: Whatever Boot fits you best. I think you don't necessarily need a wide board, if you get boots with some kind of reduced footprint technology, such as Burton boots or Salomon F-Series.

Bindings: They should fit your boots. Think about if you want a fast entry system or usual straps. Everybody has his favorites. For fast entry check out Flows, for traditional Burton Cartels/Malavitas, K2 IPO, Nitro Phantom, Rome 390 (Boss).
Seriously there are loads of options.
Nivek will probably give you some better insight.
 

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Hello fellow snowboarders!

I will start off with talking alittle about myself. I live in Sweden and have been snowboarding for a few season (converted from skies) and have come to the point where I simply feel like I need my own equiptment.

My stats are:

6 ft
185 pound
shoe size 11.5

So I guess I need a wide board who is medium stiff?

But the board/binding/shoe market is a jungle and I don't know what I should be looking for!

I want board/boots/bindings that will allow me to ride in the park but I still want to be able to do some fairly big jumps and ride outside the park also.

Don't know what more to say, I'm open to everything!

I'm sorry if my english is not 100% correct since I live in Sweden (eu)

Thanks!

STOKED that you are loving riding! 11.5 is on the cusp of requiring a "wide" board in some models and sizes. Would you mind taking a quick measurement? Also, please let us know what stance width and angles you ride.

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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Looks like you are looking for an allmountain-freestyle deck. Watch out for Salomon Villain, Capita DOA or a Bataleon Evil Twin/Lobster Park Baord. But I'd recommend to demo Bataleon/Lobster before you buy it cause TBT is not everybody's taste. It shouldn't be hard to find them on a demo day especially in Sweden.

As for boots: Whatever Boot fits you best. I think you don't necessarily need a wide board, if you get boots with some kind of reduced footprint technology, such as Burton boots or Salomon F-Series.

Bindings: They should fit your boots. Think about if you want a fast entry system or usual straps. Everybody has his favorites. For fast entry check out Flows, for traditional Burton Cartels/Malavitas, K2 IPO, Nitro Phantom, Rome 390 (Boss).
Seriously there are loads of options.
Nivek will probably give you some better insight.
Thank you for the replay! Yeah I also think that a allmountain freestyle would be the best choice for me. Unfortunately I live in the southern parts of Sweden and thus we don't have any slopes meaning no demo :(

Awesome tips for boots/bindings. I know there is alot of options, that's the big problem :D Sure is gonna look up the stuff you mentioned!

Edited first post with some boards I've been looking at, would be nice if the board can be bought at http://www.absolute-snow.co.uk/ since you get 10% discount buying full equiptment and also free shipping :D

P.S :rock:
 

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STOKED that you are loving riding! 11.5 is on the cusp of requiring a "wide" board in some models and sizes. Would you mind taking a quick measurement? Also, please let us know what stance width and angles you ride.

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).
I am really f*cking stoked to, can't wait for the winter to arrive :D Been walking around in my gear inside several times already :giggle:

Measured my foot the way you said and the longest one is around 11.4 cm!
 

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I am really f*cking stoked to, can't wait for the winter to arrive :D Been walking around in my gear inside several times already :giggle:

Measured my foot the way you said and the longest one is around 11.4 cm!
Hi,

11.4 cm would be a very small foot :) Did you mean 11.4 inches?
 

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Oh you are right, silly me was looking at the wrong number! It should be 28.5 cm!
No worries at all. 28.5 is technically a US 10.5. This (along with stance angle and width) is the important measurement in terms of choosing a board width. In short, 28.5 does not require a "wide" board. You will notice a lot more performance by sticking to "normal" width boards. They will transition more easily form edge to edge and will allow you a full range of stance angles while still being able to maintain the correct amount of overhang for leverage.

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No worries at all. 28.5 is technically a US 10.5. This (along with stance angle and width) is the important measurement in terms of choosing a board width. In short, 28.5 does not require a "wide" board. You will notice a lot more performance by sticking to "normal" width boards. They will transition more easily form edge to edge and will allow you a full range of stance angles while still being able to maintain the correct amount of overhang for leverage.

STOKED!
Oh I thought it was UK 10.5 and US 11.5 (using 45's EU) :icon_scratch:

But awesome that I don't need a wide board, that will really make choosing a board alot easier! :rock: Thank you so much.

Also I've been looking at the ROME 390 Boss and they look really sweet! Anyone know if ROME Folsom/Libertine is a good boot?
 

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Oh I thought it was UK 10.5 and US 11.5 (using 45's EU) :icon_scratch:

But awesome that I don't need a wide board, that will really make choosing a board alot easier! :rock: Thank you so much.

Also I've been looking at the ROME 390 Boss and they look really sweet! Anyone know if ROME Folsom/Libertine is a good boot?
I am very biased because we bought up all of the remaining inventory of both of those boot models last year (Libertine and Folsom). I have been riding a pair of the Folsom's and they are a great boot (silly good at the current pricing). You can read a lot about the 390 Boss's here on the forum. They are right in there with the great bindings that are available today (some would argue they are it).

I will be happy to help you choose a size if you know the board model that interests you.
 

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I am very biased because we bought up all of the remaining inventory of both of those boot models last year (Libertine and Folsom). I have been riding a pair of the Folsom's and they are a great boot (silly good at the current pricing). You can read a lot about the 390 Boss's here on the forum. They are right in there with the great bindings that are available today (some would argue they are it).

I will be happy to help you choose a size if you know the board model that interests you.
I'm leaning more to the libertine since Folsom seems to be a very hard boot. Also I've heard alot of good stuff about ThirtyTwo, Lashed and 86FT especially, and thoughts on these? Little bit more expensive though..

Boards that looks pretty sweet to me:

Nitro T1 (159cm)
K2 Playback (155 or 158cm)
K2 Happyhour (157cm)
StepChild Jibstick (156cm)
Rome Reverb (154cm)
 

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I'm leaning more to the libertine since Folsom seems to be a very hard boot. Also I've heard alot of good stuff about ThirtyTwo, Lashed and 86FT especially, and thoughts on these? Little bit more expensive though..
32 also make great boots. You are comparing at a quality level where the fit for your particular foot will make the difference. These boots are all technically excellent but different feet will work better in some than others. Fit is king in boots. Both brand and model are secondary. The Folsom is firm boot but not stiff like some of the monsters out there (Salomon 4.0, etc). The Libertines are a great, more neutral flex option. The lashed boots should actually be considered a number of different models as it is offered in a variety of configurations which affect both fit and stiffness.
 

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Boards that looks pretty sweet to me:

Nitro T1 (159cm)
K2 Playback (155 or 158cm)
K2 Happyhour (157cm)
StepChild Jibstick (156cm)
Rome Reverb (154cm)
There are a lot of different profiles in that group. That is no problem, but you will likely be happiest with a deck that is very well rounded at this point and will let you have fun in the park but also advance your cruising, pow, trees, etc. The Reverb ( I would suggest the Reverb Rocker for you) is Camber Rocker Camber. Rome's weight range on the 154 tops out at 185. You will be much better suited for the 157 in that model.
 

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There are a lot of different profiles in that group. That is no problem, but you will likely be happiest with a deck that is very well rounded at this point and will let you have fun in the park but also advance your cruising, pow, trees, etc. The Reverb ( I would suggest the Reverb Rocker for you) is Camber Rocker Camber. Rome's weight range on the 154 tops out at 185. You will be much better suited for the 157 in that model.
Yeah I know it's a little bit short but those 3cm cost 150$ extra :( What about the other models? How much of a diffrence is there between extruded and sintered base?
 

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My advice-
for boots: go to a store and try on as many pairs of boots as you can, get the ones that are the most comfortable. As long as they are from one of the name brands they will be quality.

Bindings- get some medium stiffness bindings, burton/ride/k2/rome all made good bindings. make sure they fit the boots you buy.

Board- I think the ride machete is a really good all around board that is very durable, i demoed one a few years ago and really liked it. Next the T1, solid board, flat base is more stable than the all rocker boards.
 

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I would suggest getting the best size for you or looking for another deal. You would be much happier with the 157. It is not the 3 cm, it is a combination of all of the elements. Sintered/extruded should not be a deciding factor. Both have benefits and weaknesses.

Jibstick- Too one dimensional for your goals.
Playback- Flat rock (self described beginner/intermdiate model)
Happy Hour - Lifted/Tweekend - I would suggest a demo first. Very unusual feel.
T1 - Flat

I would highly suggest that you look to a CRC or RCR model for this deck. It will get you exactly where you want to be.
 

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My advice-
for boots: go to a store and try on as many pairs of boots as you can, get the ones that are the most comfortable. As long as they are from one of the name brands they will be quality.

Bindings- get some medium stiffness bindings, burton/ride/k2/rome all made good bindings. make sure they fit the boots you buy.

Board- I think the ride machete is a really good all around board that is very durable, i demoed one a few years ago and really liked it. Next the T1, solid board, flat base is more stable than the all rocker boards.
Yeah I would do that, if it were possible.. All the shops around here has a very limited supply of diffrent boots so, sadly, there's not much to test :(

How do you know they fit? I guess they fit since they are both the same brand.

Yeah I was very into the T1 at first, so hard :unsure:
 

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I would suggest getting the best size for you or looking for another deal. You would be much happier with the 157. It is not the 3 cm, it is a combination of all of the elements. Sintered/extruded should not be a deciding factor. Both have benefits and weaknesses.

Jibstick- Too one dimensional for your goals.
Playback- Flat rock (self described beginner/intermdiate model)
Happy Hour - Lifted/Tweekend - I would suggest a demo first. Very unusual feel.
T1 - Flat

I would highly suggest that you look to a CRC or RCR model for this deck. It will get you exactly where you want to be.
Think I'll go with the Happy Hour, seems like a good board and I'm sure I'll get used to it. Many good reviews! Gonna be a hell of a color combo though :laugh:

What does CRC & RCR stand for? Camber-Reverse-Camber and Reverse-Camber-Reverse?
 

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if you are looking at last years happyhour go for it, they changed it from a straight flat zero camber to a funky kind of camber this year.

order of importance when buying stuff for me
1-boot fit
2-bindings fit
3 board size

if your boots don't fit into the bindings well it can become pretty uncomfortable, the easiest way to get it right is to buy bindings from the same company as the boots.

If you can't try on boots at a store at least order from a store that does free returns, try them on at home, make sure your heel is held nice and tight.
 
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