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Buying my first board

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead

I've been boarding for about 4 weeks now and am looking to buy myself my first board/bindings as I will be going on THREE trips this year Cool

I've been riding a 158 (I'm 5'7"), weigh 11 stone, ride regular footed with a few degrees of negative on the back foot and I have a pair of size 9 (UK) Burton Hails.

I tend to carve piste but with reasonably frequent excursions into snow parks and powder.

I've had one hire board that was too stiff, but the one I rode last year was much better (which was IIRC an Atomic DJ)

I'm comfortable getting air (in fact, sod that I *love* getting air) and am now reasonably happy landing fakie. I can ride fakie at about 70% of my regular speed, turning pretty confidently in both directions.

So I guess I want a board in the All Mountain/All Mountain Freestyle area for around £300
I will be going for a quick ride in Lake Tahoe in Jan while I'm over there for business and thought that this would be a good place to buy the board because of the strength of the pound - does anyone know the resort and how good the shops are and what brands they stock?
I take it buying a board is similar to skis; you go to the shop saying I want to try these boards try each of them out for free and then buy the board once you've decided..?

I have absolutely no idea about bindings - please educate me Smile

Thanks in advance,
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
truespin, welcome to :SH::SH:.

If your budget was higher I'd say the radical flight. At that price the High Society Twilight is a nice board that would be at home anywhere on the mountain. As for bindings buy the best you can afford, a lot of people on here like Ride bindings but beware the flow fanatics wink .

No idea about LT in partcular although there are people here who know that area very well but I'd guess it would be a case of hire some boards and if you buy one the hire cost gets taken off the price.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Just had the same dilema in choosing my son's 1st board.

He wanted a board that is great on the Park.
He wanted a board that could hold its own on the mountain and on the small indoor slopes.
He also needs a board that will take him to the next level.
Not one for 'following the crowd' he wanted a board from a good but lesser known boarding company.
My son skateboards to a good standard and wanted a board he could cross over tricks to.
He wanted a American board,preferrably built in California (the skateboarding connection).
He wanted a board he could also take to the big hill and not feel silly within a few years time because of the outdated graffix.

I bought him the new Signal Park series.

The new Burton Mission bindings are worth a look at too.

Ask yourself lots of questions and definately buy in the states if you can, purely because of the price. Toofy Grin
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