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post #1 of 121 (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

Yup, I'm a n00b when it comes to buying snowboards.
I've rented on and off for a few years now, still would classify myself as a beginner though. I'm 6'6" and 235lbs, so I'm a big fella. From the research I've done, it looks like I need a board 164cm and up, preferably in a wider width if available.
I've checked the local shops and since there's so little competition for that length of board at this time in the season, they all want to sell me a $600+ board and that's a bit out of my budget.
Our great and glorious resource eBay has however led me to a few boards that might work well, links to follow.
2008 5150 Path Wide 166 with Lamar MX25 Bindings
2008 Never Summer Legacy Wide 166
2008 Morrow Siphon wide 166 with Lamar MX25 Bindings and 2008 Head Classic Boots
2008(?) Never Summer Titan 169 (**NOT WIDE**)
My biggest questions are:
1. are these manufacturers reputable?
2. am I looking at a board that will match my skill level now but allow me to progress?
3. are these bindings absolute crap?
4. of these selections, do you have any recommendations?

Thanks for the crowdsource info guys

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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

First of all, if you want to get a great setup and don't want to spend any $$, wait until about Sept. and Oct. for the ski shops to start dropping prices on last year's models. But, if you really want to buy this year here's what I would get.

For a beginner board, I would go with the M3 Talon.

It's a great board that will last a while and be respected on the slopes, but won't cost you an arm and a leg.

$200
http://www.the-house.com/9863m3ts6zz-m3-talon.html

Where you really want to spend money on a board setup is in the Bindings. I can not stress this enough. Bindings make your riding experience. With that said, Drake makes a very nice binding for not a lot of cash. I recommend the fifty series:

$130
http://www.backcountry.com/store/NTH...mp;PID=1966822

Or, if you want to spend a little more (an extra 30 bucks or so, well worth it imho) Drake's DTM series:

$160
http://www.backcountry.com/store/NTH..._ID=WR_NTH0066

Ride and Forum also make good bindings. The key to a good binding is an aluminum heelcup. It's more durable and responsive than an all plastic binding, and since most of your pressure in a binding will be put into the heelcup, you don't want that bastard to break when you're headed down the mountain at 60 mph.

Boots, I wouldn't order them online... I would take your board and your bindings to a shop and have them set it up for you, then select a boot that is comfortable, and will fit well into the binding. You should be able to get a nice pair for under $150, probably more like $100 I always liked DC's myself. But that's just me. Total should be around $450 give or take. Good luck and let us know what you get!


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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

+1 to what marshall said. its too late now but i usually hit the ski conventions that come up right around the preseason. i got a cheap beginner setup (xylo) consisting of a board, boots, and a bag for 250 at the ski convention. marshall's recommendations are good considering the season has already started. i still use my xylo boots as they are comfortable and don't feel the need to buy another pair. i did however purchase a new GNU board and salomon bindings for 350 at the end of the season. gl with your purchase!

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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

evogear.com has some good deals, even more to come as the season progresses.

im riding a lamar board that ive had for 5 years, still works well. 155cm wide board. i have burton boots and bindings- those were both expensive.


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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

Yeah, Lamar makes a good beginner board.

This one comes in either 159 or 163. If you're not that great of a rider, I would go with a shorter board. In this case I would pick the 159 for you. But I don't know your skill level.

Here's a Lamar board for $150 ... sharp looking board too.

http://www.boardsports.com/800047.html

This one's pretty sick ... but it's also $220



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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

Back when I was boarding this is what I had:



I got it in 2003 on closeout for $400 ... it's a Forum 157 Jeremy Jones model ... best board I've ever set foot on. I coupled it with a set of Drake f60's and that setup pwned some azz on the slopes.


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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

m3marshall thanks for the recommendations! My only concern with the M3 board you linked me is that it's only got a 250mm waist and it's a 163. I'm trying to aim for something in the 166 range so I'm kind of limiting my search to 164+ and most 'wide' boards in that range seem to have a 270mm waist which will probably fit my foot better.
I'm still curious about that 5150 Path board I linked to... is that a decent board?

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Re: Snowboard Purchase - First timer!

[quote author=Airman Jack link=topic=98884.msg1967152#msg1967152 date=1199468794]
m3marshall thanks for the recommendations! My only concern with the M3 board you linked me is that it's only got a 250mm waist and it's a 163. I'm trying to aim for something in the 166 range so I'm kind of limiting my search to 164+ and most 'wide' boards in that range seem to have a 270mm waist which will probably fit my foot better.
I'm still curious about that 5150 Path board I linked to... is that a decent board?
[/quote]

Are you concerned about the 163 because it's too short, or because of your foot size?

The 5150 is an ok board, but I would stick with M3 or Lamar for your first purchase.


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mostly I'm concerned that the 163 won't be stiff enough for my weight

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[quote author=Airman Jack link=topic=98884.msg1967399#msg1967399 date=1199472146]
mostly I'm concerned that the 163 won't be stiff enough for my weight
[/quote]

Being a little short is ok, especially if you aren't an experienced rider. If you feel confident that you can handle the speed of a longer board then go ahead and rawk a 166 ... but a shorter board will be easier to handle than a longer board. It's up to you.


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