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Avalanche Snowboards

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi all
Been offered a second hand Avalanche snowboard - I don't have a specific model other than its a 155 freestyle board.
Have done a fair bit of googling and although i've worked out they're an american make, thats been around for ages - can't find any current website for them - (so maybe they've changed name or been bought) - but wondered if anyone knew of them.

Also any tips on what to look for on a second-hand board and what to avoid? Also - is £100 fair price for 2nd hand board?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Heard of them but never seen one. I couldn't find a website either! I think you would be unlucky to get a bad board these days. As you are a starter go for a board with a medium or soft flex as it will be better for learning the basics and mastering the board. Any freestyle board should do. Avoid freeride boards for now.

A few scratches on the base should not worry you as they can be treated. Avoid heavily chipped topsheets and in particular damaged edges as they are much harder to repair.

If the Avalanche board is in good nick and for £100 I would say go for it.
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Don't know about avalanche boards, but it seems like most of them are selling for $130 - $170 U.S. new on-line, so maybe you don't want to pay 100 pounds for a new one? Anyways, here are general things you should look for in a used board:

- Full wood core: unless you are getting something super-high end that has a bunch of honeycomb aluminum, go for full wood. If it is re-inforced by some barbon beams that is good too. Just make sure to avoid anything resembeling a cheap core, such as foam
- No wood showing: you should not be able to see wood anywhere
- Base in good condition: no major gouges or mis-shapeness. It's ok if the topsheet is scuffed up, but the base should be in very good condition
- Sidewall v cap: if it is a mid to low end board, you want it to be sidewall construction. low-end cap boards tend to have durability issues. Note that there are some very good cap boards out there (both ride and lib tech make great high-end cap boards), so this is not an absolute rule
- Edges/sidewall: any break in the edges/sidewall means the board is basically useless
- Sintered base: it can be very hard to tell, but it is much better to have a sintered base over an extruded base. Sintered bases are more durable, absorb wax better, and are faster. Extruded bases are easier to repair, but this is more than ofset by the fact that they are damaged more easily. One sign of a sintered base is that it will sometimes have thin, short lines running from tip to tail, almost as if it were a super tightly woven fabric
- Delaminating: if the layers of the board appear to be slightly coming apart at any edge, a.k.a. delaminating, do not buy it. the board will soon be garbage.

If you want a cheap used board, my personal suggestion is to go onto e-bay and find a slightly used gnu carbon highbeam.
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cheers guys - just been on ebay and there's lots of options... so won't be making any quick decisions.
Thinking about it - £100 seems alot as I then have to buy bindings.
(There's a few things being sold by girls that seem to have only ever used their board/bindings/boots for one season!!!)
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A good site for board reviews is here
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