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Hi everyone.

Thanks for welcoming me to this friendly forum.

I've been going snowboarding every season for nearly 5 years now and have always rented equipment. I am finally looking into purchasing my own board, ski suit and snow boots and need as much help as possible. I'm headed out to a store in a couple of weeks to get fitted for boots and a suit and am open to whatever they suggest but want to have some idea about what type of board I should be looking into. I tend to prefer Freestyle or powder snowboarding although I do a little bit of everything, and would want a board that could cover as many bases as possible.
What board do you think I should be purchasing? Is there any particular brands that are better for freestyling boards?

Thanks in advance,

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Welcome to snowHeads @AlpinePaqou snowHead

I'm afraid the only advice I can give you on this is, "ski" but I'm sure someone more snowboardy will be along soon Wink
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@AlpinePaqou, welcome and please pay no mind to Admin, we love him dearly but he is rather set in his ways... Very Happy

To business - Firstly, get your boots sorted out. Try on lots of boots and work out what works for you regarding fit. Don't get too hung up on technical features or brands, the fit is key. Any boot you buy will be better that the boots you've probably been renting which will most likely be very 'tired' and worn, so the boots should fit quite snug at first as they will pack out and get looser as you break them in.

As for the board itself, the good news is you will have plenty of choice. Most of the brands in the market will have something in their range which will suit the needs you've listed, so really you'll probably be only limited by how much you have to spend. Look for a soft to medium flex all-mountain board and you probably won't go too far wrong. I'd suggest an AM board over a dedicated park board as if you're looking to do some piste and powder riding too, a good all rounder will work better there than a park board which could get a bit too twitchy at speed, and hold an edge better. If you are looking at a freestyle focused board, look for a twin-tip or a directional twin, as it'll give you an identical or at least very similar profile when riding normally or switch. For park and powder then you probably want to look at a reverse camber or rocker board, as it'll be more forgiving in the park and give you float in powder snow, although it will compromise on piste as it won't hold and edge like a traditional camber board, nor have the greater pop you get from a camber if you're hitting kickers a lot.

Don't ignore brands which you may not recognise - brands like Drake or Endeavour have some good boards at very competitive prices, and volume sellers like Burton have excellent end-of-season deals too.

Same suggestions for bindings; soft to medium flex. If you're planning on lapping the park a lot, then you may want to look at a quick entry binding (e.g. Flow) over a traditional ratchet binding, but be prepared to spend more, and they can be a pain in deep snow.
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@AlpinePaqou, welcome aboard Very Happy

While I can't comment on freestyle boards, when I bought my 1st board this season these two buyers guides/tests really help define my thinking. The Good Wood guide in particular grouped by type.
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