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Noobie--buying first board

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Hi guys,

New to snowboarding but looking to buy my first board. Considering it's a beginner bored, I am looking for a budget until I figure out my style.

I've done my research and decided I would want an all mountain, medium to slightly softer flex board to start with.

I am 5'2, about 126 pounds so looking for a shorter board

I've gone digging through used ads and here are the options I'm struggling with

Used once $275 for both
K2 Luna 146cm
K2 cinch Tryst Snowboard Bindings Medium

New store buy
K2 Lockheart Boots size 6 99$

Total build with tax
387$


**versus***


Elan 45 board 146cm (new but quick sale off personal online add) $175 <-- lady says the board is worth 700$ but don't know if that's true. She is selling for a medical reason and can't snowboard anymore

New store buy
K2 Lockheart Boots size 6 99$
K2 Agogo Snowboard Bindings Small 99$
Total build with tax
$398

I think most would say the no brainer is k2 Luna. Good and trusted name at a steal of a deal. Only worry if my size 6 boots will work the medium bindings. Then I might have to purchase new ones which would be putting me past the budget I want to spend

With the elan board:

Only thing is... I can't seem to find too much on elan as a manufacturer. I know they have previously manufactured other well known names (nitro, rome) so I'm wondering if the quality of board is good? I have no information on it's flex, but from the picture it looks like an all mountain because it's a directional twin. I think it could potentially be a good board but not sure.

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=46336#1107605

https://amp.reddit.com/r/snowboarding/comments/mc0cm/elan_snowboards/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elan_Snowboards

Any insight from the experienced to a snowbaby?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
oops - didn't realise you was female.

Buy boots first.

If your head strong on getting a board, then take a look at the Rossignol lineup. Gala, Myth & Frenemy.
Frenemy will last you the longest for progression, however the gala is really good for learning. Myth like the gala but more freestyle.

Maybe try to find somewhere that has a tryout day & you can try multiple boards.


Last edited by Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person on Thu 21-02-19 6:39; edited 1 time in total
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Depending on where you ski and how many days it may work out better to rent to begin with. The trouble with beginners buying boards is that you tend to buy something you will grow out of relatively quick. Also as you say it takes a while to work out your style and interests. It may be that you want something more specific to those things than a general all mountain board.
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Honestly, buy boots first (not too soft and not too stiff), hire a board for the first week then depending on how you get on, buy for the 2nd week or hire again. You don't want to buy a soft flex board to learn on as it will only last you while you learn to turn then you'll want a medium flex board.
Same goes for bindings.
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Having said all that...this guy is flogging off stuff cheap, not sure if any of it is suitable though?
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=142034#3367167
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You do not necessarily need to buy a big brand.
I have had lots of boards (Nitro, Burton, Niedecker, Rossignol, Atomic, Flow, Ride), but the best purchase was probably 2 PaleSport beginner boards I bought in 1999 (20 years ago).
After my wife and I finished with them, we passed them onto friends and family, and now they are used by neighbours chalet, and they are still going strong.
PaleSport have moved their manufacturing to Asia now ( as have other brands, Salomon has closed its big factory on the edge of Annecy and moved its production too).

Some outlets still have a few old stock (2015-2016 Austrian made ) PaleSport boards kicking around, which they will sell of for buttons.
For example ....
https://www.theshortskishop.com/palesport-miracle-145cm-snowboard-rrp-24999-now-9999-99-p.asp its unused and in original film too, and they have other boards available.
The guy who runs it ( Rick) is really nice, super helpful and is always happy to cut you a deal if you ask him nicely.

Over the last few years I have bought 3 Endeavor boards (Canadian) the latest one even has the Burton channel system so my Missions just went straight on their from by old Burton board. I got these from various internet shops, and have been really impressed with their performance.
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gixxerniknik wrote:
Honestly, buy boots first (not too soft and not too stiff), hire a board for the first week then depending on how you get on, buy for the 2nd week or hire again. You don't want to buy a soft flex board to learn on as it will only last you while you learn to turn then you'll want a medium flex board.
Same goes for bindings.


I'd tend to go down this route, but it's worth saying you can't just pick boots off the internet. Everyones feet are different shapes and sizes, and snowboard boots come in different shapes (wider narrower etc) and different sizes too. I went up half a size from my shoe size in my current boots (Salomon F22s) and down a full size when i tried Burtons. Boots need to fit you, so get to the shop and try some on!!!
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Can't agree more with the boot statements. Make sure you have proper fitting boots. Can't stress that enough.

Have a look at the Yes Emoticon. It's a fabulous board for a beginner and you can progress with it. It is pretty much the smaller version of the Yes Basic which is just a great all round board. Super easy to learn on and really fun to ride once you get better. It's also a great price and you might be able to get it for a bargain in the sales.
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My wife and I picked up our first boards this year, it being only our 3rd season. She is riding a Salomon Wonder. We have only been able to get 1 hour per week at our local indoor slope since November and are yet to hit the mountain, but she has made so much progress in this time even compared to previous seasons. Having her own board and bindings has been a game changer for her, and I am now conscious of the fact it will be me holding everyone up!
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Quote:

I have had lots of boards (Nitro, Burton, Niedecker, Rossignol, Atomic, Flow, Ride), but the best purchase was probably 2 PaleSport beginner boards I bought in 1999 (20 years ago).


I rode an Original Sin for 20 years before I swapped it out this season for a new board.

I was astounded at the difference but thinking logically I shouldn't have been. Take your eye of technology for 20 years and of course the change will be immense.

New boards tend to be better in so many ways: new flex and camber configurations mean they are easier to ride, new materials means they are lighter.

I would recommend to anyone that they choose a more modern board, no more than 3 or 4 years old.
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As someone who rented boots and boards for the first 5 or so annual trips, consider this another MASSIVE vote for concentrating on boots first and trying them on in person.

Rental boots ALWAYS seemed to be Burton and I found them to be wide all the way through. Didn't suit my feet at all.

Spent a lot of time in a shop trying on other brands (found Salomons were narrow throughout, also not right) but Adidas were narrow in heal / ankle and wide in fore-foot and just right for me.

I then bought a board and bindings off ebay after getting fed up with renting, but it's a slippery slope because I'm already looking at getting another that's suitable for very specific conditions and have just spent two days hiring completely different boards.

I'd commit to boots if anything and leave the board until you're past the beginner stage at least. In my humble opinion anyway.
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