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What helped you buy your first Snowboard?

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How to buy a new Snowboard? What type of board do i need? i cant demo any boards and i dont live anywhere near any Snow domes so im somewhat limited to the internet?
Youtube maybe?
Snowboard Buyers Guide
Forums? like Snowheads? Very Happy
Local Shops?
So many options on line but how do you know what to trust?
Beginner experiances only please i would love to hear what made your decision?
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All the above!

Youtube videos are a great resource, as is this forum and various other websites.

Most online shops also have sections to read about shape, camber etc.

However, its also important to determine what you want to get out of the board and what your riding style is (also what boots you are planning to use).

Also (and this is the reason most people say try before you buy), not everyone gets on with every type of board, just because its labelled as a 'beginner' board, that doesn't mean it will suit your riding style.

However like you, when buying, I struggled to rent before buying as the options simply weren't there (but at the second attempt ended up going for a board with a similar camber profile to what I was used to riding, which seems to work okay).
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Is there as variation in snowboards as ski's.

I don't board but have bought three for my kids (two on ebay and one through snowheads).
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Is there as variation in snowboards as ski's.



Tons of variation, as with skis there are different boards for the park, powder, piste riding etc (and then plenty of sub categories within each of those), so a lot to choose from!
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if you need to buy boots, try loads on and see if you can cut a package deal in the shop with a board and bindings. Do a bit of research on what they have with online reviews and ask on here.

Probably best to go fairly soft all mountain and make sure it’s the right size for your weight.
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An all mountain mid flex directional twin makes most sense to me as a first board - something camber dominant should help instil solid fundamentals. There's plenty of choice just see what you can get a deal on. As hang11 says make sure it's sized correctly. Comfortable properly fitting boots are the most important part of any set up (they should be much tighter than you probably imagine).
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(they should be much tighter than you probably imagine).


Emphasis on this!
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What kind of slidey experience are you aiming for?

1) On piste only? Alpine board.
2) Fun park/half-pipe skateboardy type stuff? Freestyle.
3) On/off piste/park, whatever? Freeride.
4) Off-piste/powder only? Powder board.
5) Skint, but super-fit? Split-board.
6) Former ice skater into snowboard equivalent of snow-blades? Skwal.
7) Former skier wanting a single board experience? Monoski.
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try boards before you buy.
If you cant try, then buy a used one.
Best to use one & learn the likes / dislikes & sell it & buy a board that keeps the likes & sorts out the dislikes.
Wash & repeat.
Avoid a Rocker

Yes Basic / Rossignol One LF are decent good boards that you can progress on, which you can usually find for under £250 new
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For a first board, pop not so important, but flex and forgiveness are your friends (squidgy).
Some have raised contact points to make them less catchy, but anything the right size and not too stiff would be a good starter.
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Yes Basic / Rossignol One LF are decent good boards that you can progress on, which you can usually find for under £250 new


Yes Basic is an excellent board and sensibly priced for a bit more you can get the Typo which has a Sintered base and a little more tech. As everyone says decide what sort of riding you want to do and try try try. I believe you can demo at the domes with Snow & Rock. My (very) local shop is great for advice too www.thesnowboardshop.co.uk

For what it's worth I currently have a GNU Money a well priced board and, has a hybrid camber so a bit of everything floats well, carves well, holds the edge well. Other opinions are available of course.

I've been riding for 20 plus years and still go for mid flex boards as they're more forgiving and I just want to enjoy the mountains I'm not looking to be scared to death on some plank like super charger! Other people are looking for that experience I'm always impressed to see someone fly past me at warp speed on a board.
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I paid the premium to demo current season boards before I bought my first one. I didn’t try many, but I at least knew I liked what I was buying. Otherwise you risk spending the next 5+ years riding something you’re not sure about, as once you’ve got it you’re going to feel compelled to use it.

Try and make your next holiday a ‘demo holiday’. Find a good shop in that resort with a range of boards from manufacturers you’re interested in and ride a different one each day. It only takes 5 minutes as it’s not like you’re reregistering to hire, trying boots etc. every day. Then buy your favourite one in the end-of-season sales hopefully for a decent discount, or maybe from that shop if they take off the rental cost.
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Look what used board deals you can find, google for some reviews about that board, angrysnowboarder gives the best reviews out there, you can trust them. Even if you don't like the board for whatever reason you can ditch it with small financial loss, if any. For example, if you buy now or even later in the season you can get a good deal on anything, and if decide to sell at the begininng/in the middle of the season you can get even more than you paid for a decent used snowboard, because market is hot.
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The snowboard market cant be that hot as the op is advertising S2AS .


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Tirol 164 wrote:
The snowboard market cant be that hot as the op is hopefully advertising S2AS .


Ha ha didn't spot those links. Shame to see all that good info wasted on a dirty little spammer.
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Just came across this video from SnowboardAddiction with advice for a beginner buying a snowboard - maybe it’s useful. I haven’t watched it yet, but usually their videos are really helpful!


http://youtube.com/v/-GP_HqUvXMw
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Hello Very Happy

For me it was: length, type of snowboard (all-mountain, freestyle, freeride, powder etc.), the camber and rocker, width, shape and base material.

Have a nice day Very Happy
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hi, thanks for sharing a video. Normally I am riding a ski, but next year will plan to try board, so start searching where and which better to buy
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@angelo23, I've just picked up my first set up in the sales. I learnt on a traditional camber board borrowed from a mate that was quite stiff (too stiff for a beginner really). Went for the Bataleon Goliath, mid flex, medium camber, so not to stiff and not to soft. Liked the idea of 3BT that Bataleon have in all their boards to help reduce edge catch. Heard some people take some time to get used to but i'm willing to go through that. I was looking at the Evil Twin as well. What @Snow Hound said basically!
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also looking for clothes for boarding, have found pants for ski link to tinned meat products?, but don't know if it is ok for board
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Hi, I bought my first snowboard set online and I basically only followed all the steps I found on the Internet. However, even though I spent quite some time choosing, I found out really soon that the set I bought just wasn't the right for me. So I ended up selling it after the second day of riding...

Therefore, I would definitely recommend you to consult it with someone experienced Smile
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find a good shop and speak to them.

take your time
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Reviews and speaking to people in the knowledge. For what it's worth I'd suggest getting a rocker board as they're simply more forgiving (less likely to catch an edge and stack it).
The lib tech skate banana has a huge following, it's forgiving and good fun. Everything has its haters but I think it will tick your boxes and you wont outgrow it as more avanced riders love it too.
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The lib tech skate banana has a huge following


Does it? I don't see too many. I think most serious riders think of it as a noodle board, perhaps fun for a bit of jibbing but not for anything else. My advice would be the opposite, get a camber board straight away. Yes there will probably a few more edge catches early on, but you will quickly learn what not to do and develop food fundamentals. Rocker lets you get away with more, but is that a good thing long term?
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learning on a rocker will introduce bad habits & make you learn again on a proper board
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To answer the question posed by the thread title:

Money

But to be slightly less facile:

The step from a hire board to your own board can be pretty easy, if you like the board you've hired, offer to buy it from them.
If you don't like it, hire a different board until you have one you like.
If you don't yet know what you like - keep renting.
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I'm guessing rocker tech in snowboards is similar to ski's in that there are a mass of variations? As explained here https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ski-rocker-technology.html

Actually just googled "lib tech skate banana" and read this:
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Its BTX Banana rocker shape combines rocker in the middle with flat-mild camber towards the nose and tail. This raises the nose and tail off the snow making turn initiation easy and guaranteeing float all the while retaining the control and stability of a camber profile.

Which I guess emphasises the point that the choice is not camber or rocker with nothing in between.
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WindOfChange wrote:

The step from a hire board to your own board can be pretty easy, if you like the board you've hired, offer to buy it from them.
If you don't like it, hire a different board until you have one you like.
If you don't yet know what you like - keep renting.

When I was learning to ski and renting I didn't pay much attention to what the ski's were and certainly had no idea what to look for in a ski.

However, the last ski's I bought I did say off the back of renting for a couple of days when I had a binding failure.

I also did buy on recommendation of a guide once.

So, I guess it's not a bad idea but it relies on the person taking note of the ski's they are renting and building up some useful knowledge/experience off the back of it.

Personally I would never buy a rental unless it was a virtual giveaway. There are plenty of second hand boards or deals from places like glisshop that I think over better value in the long run. Rentals won't have been treated with much care by the users or the people servicing them.
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Well, yes. You've got cambers, rockers, flats, and any of combos of those together down the length. Also you've got lateral cambers and rockers, Triple-bases, 3D contouring, asymmetric profiles, Spoons and Vees.

The problem with buying or trying snowboards through hire shops is that so few hire places do a decent range of snowboards to actually choose from. Majority of French hire shops will have a pile of bog-standard Head or similar boards, which are designed to be bullet-proof and easy to repair, normally topped with some industrial binding. My 9yo had hire kit a few years ago which (a 138 or similar) and it was heavier than my 158, and I had to take the bindings apart to fix them.

If you want to hire decent snowboard kit, you'll probably have to go hunting for it, and unless you're in one of the big resorts, you may well not find anyone doing good gear.

Personally, go look on eBay. The first board will be your easiest choice - as long as you don't go to some exotic end of the market and stay middle-of-the-road, you'll get something better than hire junk, and learn more about your own riding and more importantly, what you want to get from riding. And, when you're ready to move on, you'll know what you want from your next board.
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