#1
Im looking at buying my own, i have been enjoying the wonderful rental gear at the mountains around here (</sarcasm> for a couple of years now, and have decided i want my own gear for this season, and i have a few questions if any one can help.

Is there any advantage/disadvantage to a directional board?

What are some good respected brands i should look for? (in boards mostly)

do you have any suggestions in general for a confident rider?

If theres any help out there, id love some
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#2
I have a hookup over at burton
They make Great boards
As for directional its just that the tip of the board is different making it easier to ride in one direction found primarily on freeride or all purpose boards. The only con is you might have trouble riding fakie....
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#3
k2 boards are pretty good
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#4
directional boards are great for carving/powder/speed runs but suck for freestyle
some good brands are k2, m3, burton, ride, forum
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#5
By directional you mean? the centering of the board right?
Brands burton, simms, both good brand I have own a board from both and they shred my mom owns a no name brand board and to tell you the truth it is pretty good in its own rights.
#6
I've never heard of a directional boards before so no comment. I have a liquid, I've owned for5 years now and I love it. having you own stuff is the way to go.
#7
Honestly i wouldnt even bother with a directional board, right now ive got a setup like this:

Board- Burton "Bullet"-magnificent model goes good in powder and in park, so its great for everything
Bindings-K2

As far as the board goes, id hit Burton or Rome, they just have good gear
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By directional you mean? the centering of the board right?
Brands burton, simms, both good brand I have own a board from both and they shred my mom owns a no name brand board and to tell you the truth it is pretty good in its own rights.

It means the shape of the tip of the snowboard is different from its tail...
80% of snowboards you will see as well as any "trick" snowboard is directional
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#9
by directional board he means it only has one tip on it so u cant ride switch...

oh and forget to mention earlier...flow bindings rule...saves time strapping in

edit: most boards are twin tips...( look like this \____/ )
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#10
well then I would say skip directional, only because my boards aren't and I love them.
there like straight the whole board, with a little tiny bit of fattening up at the tips

Oh and the snap in bindings are sweet
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#11
Although they primarily make skis, Atomic's snowboards are amazing, I've had my Atomic Alibi for four years, and it's seen a lot of rough treatment (including bone breaking falls) and it still is beautiful to ride. But you can't go wrong with Burton or the higher end Forum gear.

And I believe directional boards would be more for back country riding, and racing and what not. I'd much rather ride on a twin tip.
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#12
So basically directional for increased speed, is it really significant? or just easier to ride (board length aside)?

EDIT: ^ mindreader.
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#13
It's not really for speed, only the size of the board would attribute to that. I think directional is for more stability while racing. Because you only need to face one way while racing, I don't think many racers will go into switch at all, so there's no need for a real big lip on the back end. But I've never owned one, always had an all mountain or park board.
#14
as for size longer boards are better for speed and powder but shorter boards are easier to control and offer more maneuverability. for board sizing heres a formula my cousin gave me from the shop he works at: Rider Height (inches) x 2.54 x 0.88 = Suggested Board Length (cm).
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^That's all true except, height has nothing to do with it. It all has to do with rider weight and the different strengths of the boards. Every board is different, but generally if a person isn't horribly over weight then I guess that formula could work.
#16
Im guessing you dont live in australia? I tried snowboarding once.... not me man... ill stick to skiing!
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#17
why would you guess that =S i do haha, we get snow here believe it or not lol
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but 4 u its summer rite now...for me its the end of winter and i feel i need to go snowboarding still since my home resort still has 75in (190.5 cm) of snow
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#19
give it another month and a half or so and the season'll start =D
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#20
burton boards are an industry leader... but your gonna pay top dollar for them. what is really most important is your skill, the board never will be as good as you are!
#21
^ very true, thanks!
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#22
Burton boards all the way
they work wonders with flow bindings and any kind of boot really. the bindings i think are key? how tall are you/ what size. you must have experience so d go for a 165 or so
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^ bout 6'2 maybe 80kg on a fat day? haha, yeah i was thinking somewhere 163-168, whatever i could find/. With the flow bindings though, do the backs ever lose elasticity, do they handle as well as solid backs?
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why would you guess that =S i do haha, we get snow here believe it or not lol

Wow i didnt know that. We had a foreign exchange student from australia come here to indiana and she said she had never seen snow.... i think it was her (we had 4 that year)... she lives in brisbane whereever that is.

Its a love story really. last year when she came here she met my friend john. they started dating. and now hes there in australia living with her. its cute really.
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#25
^ naw that is kinda lol. Yeah Brisbane doesnt get any as far as i know, maybe a little occasionally but its too far north, i live almost as far south as you can go (on the mainland) =) Though there are still quite a few people who havnt seen snow around here, i love it however haha. It doesnt snow in our backyards though, not quite that far south lol, my relatives get that in New Zealand, that was interesting to see, it only snows on the mountains, about an hour or so from here.
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#26
Sure you could jump on the Burton bandwagon or you can get a better board for cheaper (step child,signal,etc). As for advice I dunno i guess aim for improvement.

P.s. Dont wanna hate on Burton but they are extremely over rated.
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#27
WOW
your called mitch and you snowboard.... reminds me of someone

but anyway, get that new snake one or w/e i saw it on tv breifly, cant remember wat its called but its got shaped edges to turn on ice
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#28
I have a Burton and they're really good boards. I don't really have any other suggestions since you've already been snowboarding for a couple years and I can't even carve. lol.

EDIT: Wait till there's a sale or something. I got mine for $165 instead of $300.
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#29
Check out Ride snowboards, or Burton, Libtech, Gnu, Capita, Nitro. All of these companies are good companies and make sick boards. Im getting a Ride Machete, you should check that board out.

But although Burton boards are well-known, they are pretty overrated. Also they have a weird binding system that you have to buy burton bindings. Some binding you should definetly check out is Union Bindings, they are super sick. For boots you should get ThirtyTwo boots, that company specializes in boots and they are really high quality.

Their is a new technology that is out now and its called reverse camber, it is on newer boards and makes riding alot easier.

Here is a link to Ride's stuff
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#30
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Although they primarily make skis, Atomic's snowboards are amazing, I've had my Atomic Alibi for four years, and it's seen a lot of rough treatment (including bone breaking falls) and it still is beautiful to ride. But you can't go wrong with Burton or the higher end Forum gear.

And I believe directional boards would be more for back country riding, and racing and what not. I'd much rather ride on a twin tip.



the alibi is sweet, i have a pivot, it has kittens shooting lasers on it

but TS do you ride park/want to get into it?
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#31
k2 boards are pretty nice. i don't know of any good online stores but you could try "www.thehouse.com", last time i checked it had an extensive collection of gear.

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#32
Oh TS go for a Libtech Skate Banana or GNU Park Pickle, best boards out there if you can throw down $500 for just the board.

Tips for riding- Ride with people better then you, at first it may be discouraging but it will help you get better.

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#33
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Oh TS go for a Libtech Skate Banana or GNU Park Pickle, best boards out there if you can throw down $500 for just the board.

Tips for riding- Ride with people better then you, at first it may be discouraging but it will help you get better.

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those are pretty one dimensional boards, they are good boards for a park rat, but considering this is his first board, he probably doesn't spend much time there.

You should be riding a Burton custom or twin, K2 podium, or a rome board of similar style
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