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Snowboard equiptment reviews

 Poster: A snowHead
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Pretty simple idea, just post reviews of your snowboard equiptment Smile
I'll start it off. I'm a student, so curently I'm riding a super-budget setup:

EDIT: nobody wants to hear about my old budget-gear-of-crap, so I'll update with what I'm currently riding:

05/06 Rome 390 bindings:
Awsome bindings so far. Only 4 days of riding, but at the momement they're looking as good as new. No fuss at all - haven't even had to tighten a screw (they put some weird blue stuff on their screws - not screw lock per say, but seems to keep them from loosening while still beig able to unscrew them if you want). Bindings are super-comfortable and pretty responsive. Very thick baseplates too, so nice if you have big feet. Love the cap straps - they felt way tigherter/more responsive on my feet than the bindings with Burton cap straps I tried on, which felt a bit sloppy (could just be my boots though). They're fairly heavy, and quite bulky even when folded down, but I don't care. Great bindings, I'd recommend them to anyone so far.

04/05 Never Summer Premier 159:
Really liking this board too. Super-smooth through basically any kind of terrain. Awsome float in the powder even without bindings set back, and even though it's only a 159 and I'm 6 foot/175 pounds. Pretty decent pop, though of course not as good as a FS board. Loves long turns, but I can carve short turns easily enough as well. Nice and snappy out of carves, though again not as snappy as something like a Custom X or some such stiff FS board. Great on landings, very solid. Nice for straightlining - doesn't feel at all like it'll catch an edge, though I have detuned my tip and tail. Heavy and very directional, so not for freestyle, though I find it is still quite rideable switch (with that being said, my switch riding sucks!). Quite stiff, though by no means the stiffest (a good bit softer than something like an Option Signature). Pretty forgiving/easy to ride for a high performance freeride board. 3 year warranty. Definitely recommended any freeriders out there give it a try.

04/05 Vans BFBs:
Love em so far. A teeny amount of heel lift, but really basically none. Very comfortable. Seem very durable. Nice medium stiffness. Obviously boots are very much a personal thing, but for me these work quite nicely. Pretty heavy compared to 32 boots or other such super-light ones, but my board and bindings already weigh as much as a small car, so who cares snowHead Worth trying on when you go shopping for sure, especially if you have wider feet.

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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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Board: Ride Timeless 161 (2001/2 I think)
A great board. Was initially a bit too stiff (I kept getting caught out and bitten by it) but either I've got better or it's got softer. It still rides best if you want to push it and so it is not a board for the lazy. If you get down low and do proper clean turns, it will grip in the steepest and icy-est of slopes. It still surprises me how much edge grip it has. It is pretty agile and can be turned quickly. The nose is a bit too stiff for it to be a great powder board and I had initial reservations in this area, but again, either it has changed or I have got used to it as I have had some great powder rides. I'm not much good in the air and being stiff you cannot be too sloppy about the landings. For flatland tricks it is again a bit too stiff but it does have plenty of pop in the tail. I can do nice nose and tail pivots and ollie-180s but it is not suited to proper buttering. It is designed for going forwards fast and so is not the best board for riding switch (I am sure it also has a progressive sidecut) but, heh, that just forces you to have good technique! If I can ride it switch smoothly and confidently, anyone can do it. It is semiwide and so is good for people that have large-ish feet but don't want a proper wide board. In short, I love this board. My next board will be a bit more freestyle orientated but that's just because my directions have changed.

Bindings: Flow FL-11
Not the most attractive bindings and pretty heavy BUT they are super comfy as they have no pressure spots and you have full circulation in your feet all day long. They probably are less responsive than straps but I've never felt much of a problem. The instructor for my freestyle lesson was disapproving and was selling the idea of cap strap bindings - mainly because they are better for flexing the board torsionally as you get more leverage (good if you "pedal" your toeside turns). I'll try and demo some next year.

Edit: Bindings: Burton P1
New purchase for this season, prompted by the desire to have more control when doing flatland tricks but still having a comfy binding for all day riding - will let you know when I get back after new year.

Boots: Vans BFB
Stands for "Best F**king Boot". And they are. Not stupidly stiff but stiff enough. Superbly comfy and real good foothold. No problems with heel lift. The one drawback is that the sole seems to like collecting snow and so you need to wipe the base of the boot before putting it in the binding.

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Board : Burton Bullet 159 (2002/03)

This was the board I bought for my second week boarding and is now my rock/Scotland board. Rode it in Scotland this year and had almost forgotten how soft and forgiving it is. It would be probably be pretty good in the park, but I rarely get more than a few inches off the ground so I'm not best placed to comment. I've changed pretty considerably in the time I've owned this board. When I bought it at first it was a little short for my weight (107kg) and so with being soft(ish) and a bit short it wasn't the most stable on the flat. However I now weigh 80kg so it's a lot more stable underneath me now, but I still prefer my other board on flats. A great board though for learning/developing on and pottering around the hill when you want an easy day.

Board : Burton Baron 162 (2003/04)

I've only ridden this board for a week this year, but it's been utterly fantastic in that time(the Baron is a wide custom). It's a board that rewards being pushed hard. It's pretty stiff so it gives plenty of confidence on the flats but probably wouldn't be the first board you'd chose for messing around in the park (although what would I know Smile). Will get to know it better next season. snowHead

Bindings : Burton P1HD (2003/04)

Upgraded this year with a set of cap straps to replace the original toe straps. Bought originally because they were the best fit for my size 12 (US 13) boots. These bindings have taken everything I can throw at them. Really comfortable, responsive bindings. Occasionally I'd tighten the toe strap a bit too tightly and have some problems with numbness in the feet but the cap straps have solved that problem. I can ratchet those bad boys as tightly as I want and I have no problems.

Boots : DC Phase UK size 12 (2003/04)

Fairly cheap, bottom of the range boots. But they fit my misshapen feet pretty well. Had a bit of a problem with heel lift in one of them (my feet are about 1/2 a size different in size) but a pair of Superfeet insoles sorted that out. Probably not as stiff as some but they have stood up reasonably well to a fair bit of use.

Helmet : Giro 9.9

Great piece of kit. Keeps me nice and warm on cold days. Plenty of removable vents for warmer days. Don't notice it at all when I'm boarding these days. Except of course when I went down head first when I was moving at a fair rate of knots this year. I had a sore head for 5 or 10 minutes after. Dread to think what it would have been like without the helmet. I worn this every day I've boarded since I bought it and I haven't once thought I wish I hadn't worn this today.

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2000 model Rossignol Levitation 160:

My first board and as the kind shopkeeper in Pas sold me it back in 2000 (then a still a nervous intermediete) after struggling to handle the monster for a few years I later found out it was Rossi's top end freeride weapon. Ta very much. Anyway a stiff board with a sandwich construction with a turning circle of an oil tanker and a slow base made it interesting riding. However it excelled in powder (guess it's in the name) and was a dream to ride in a few feet of the soft stuff.

2003 model Ride Timeless 161:

As per Tony's description. Stiff nose is susceptible to diving in powder, just requires more concentration. It does have a progressive sidecut so not ideal for switch. It is designed for caning it down a piste fast and hard ( it has to be amongst the fastest soft binding boards out there). Great edge hold. As I rode a monster before the I was a bit prepared for this board. Next board - a flexy 158/159 all mountain/freestyler for some fun.


Flow Pro S-FS:

The kit that divides the snowboarders. Some luv em others hate em. I had persistant ankle ache with my Drake strap bindings to the point of ruining my trips. Tried flows and problem solved. I need a comfort fit for my feet as I can't suffer cramps and aches. These are the freestyle versions of flows. I don't miss the strapping in at the top of the piste either!


Salamon Dialogues :

Decent entry level boots , comfy, stylish but now worn out and ready for replacing for next season.
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A Burton Fluid 159 and a Burton BMC 162. The fluid is exactly what the brochure said, a gentlemen cruiser. Very forgiving but not too soft. The BMC is Satan. I must say I now ride my Fluid for a few days to find my feet before committing to the BMC. The BMC is so solid though. Had a bit of problems with it when I bought new boots and bindings but now they are set up perfect, the board flys! I love it. In Canada this year I truley discovered its speed in edge to edge. It also "felt" spunkenly gorgeous during this. I now know it doesn't belong in a snowdome so will be sticking to the fluid for uk dry slopes and domes.Yep I love it. Especially on those confidence boosting sunny days! Little Angel


Burton Customs. Yeah OK no complaints. However, I have been told they are too soft for my BMC and shouldn't be on there. Made sense when the guy told me. Apparantly I need stiffer ones.

Boots: Thirty two Prophecy ( I think). Comfy comfy comfy comfy. Ace.

Next board: Had a go on a Custom for the first time this year and I reckon they could be great fun. Felt like you good do anything with it. So I will probably get one a some point to practice those jumps etc etc Toofy Grin
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Burton Balance 56 (Terje Haakonen). 1999 I think! Probably a bit knackered now, but my first board and could cope with anything I or the mountain threw at it. Stiff enough for piste bashing and the odd jump, just about wide enough for powder (but I weigh <10Stone so less of a problem).
Burton Fish (powder board). 2003. Rules in powder, lousy in anything else.... but then for days in the Lake Louise bowls, or Kicking Horse, it's all you'd ever need.

Bindings: Switch step-ins. Old, but simple & bulletproof, and still going strong. No longer have "bunny rabbit's bum".

Boots: Axle F (?) to suit the bindings. Still comfy, still warm, still firmly attached to the bales (for the bindings).

At the end of the day, it's how you go down that matters, not what you ride....

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Board: Burton Custom X (04/05). Picked it up in the end of season sales this year, so I haven't used it yet. However, it has X in it's name, so that means it's an awesome board in my books.

Bindings: Burton Cartels (05/06). Haven't used these yet either. Will update this after Christmas when I will have used them.

Boots: Northwave APX 5 (04/05). Used these at Cas Xscape. Really comfy, responsive boots. Got proper laces (none of this BOA c**p). They come with heat mouldable liners, so really nice boots overall.
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Board: Burton Custom X 156 ... Very nice board, although a touch fragile. I don't ride that hard and found I had edge chips by the end of my first day ... Nothin serious but enough for me to feel a little disappointed. Still an awesome board. Light, black, fast and glossy like a australian swimmer in a conga eel swim suit ...

Boots: Burton Missions. Again, light black, not quite stiff enough but good in every other respect ...

Boots: DC Shoes Judge ... A lot of nice features, but after 2 seasons, I still don't feel like they a as comfortable as they could be. Still experiencing a lot of pain after the first run and at the end of the day. Love the Boa system though ... Get this! Allows you to adjust your bindings very quickly without ungloving ...

Overall: Pretty happy with the set up and the price I paid for it... Especially after the grief I went through to get it all ... Wink
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