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post #1 of 6
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So I snowboarded for about 8 years but havent done so (or been around the scene for that matter) in about 7 years. Needless to say I am clueless about whats hot/good now. I use to ride Lib Tech before anyone had ever heard of them and apparently they are huge now woth some of the best boards. With that said I am really leaning toward going with either the:

Lib Attack Banana, TRS or T. Rice Pro.... my style of riding will likely be 70% all mountain/30% park [if even that much] and it will all be northeast riding, i.e., ice coast.

I am assuming I cant go wrong with anyone of those boards (atleast from the shops I talk with), but I have no idea what to look at for boots, bidnings, gloves, goggles, etc.

I use to ride with 32 boots and burton bindings, but there are so many brands and models within the brands that I dont know where to start. I heard Union bindings are up and coming and that Burton still makes great boots and bindings.

Opinions, advice, etc.?
Edited by pg600rr - 9/1/11 at 7:40am
post #2 of 6
My advice would be to forget about deciding on brands and labels. Go to your local board shop and explain your riding style. They'll help you decide on a board that matches your needs. There are a ton of brands out there now, all making quality product; so you should limit your selection based on requirements, not brand.

The same will go for boots and bindings. The boots will be selected based on fit and stiffness, and the bindings on response and closure methods you want.

...good luck and welcome back to the hills.
post #3 of 6
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Thanks, I did exactly that, actually went to multiple shops, and all seemed to point toward lib tech and their magnatraction tech, especially being here in the northeast. Explained my riding style and was pointed toward the 3 above mentioned boards.

However, as for boots and bindings, I never got any straight answer. I woul assume there has got to be a few companies that excel in making bindings and/or boots? I know Burton use to make good boots/bindings, some other placed mentioned Union i think for bindings? but even just within Burton there are like 25 combos that would meet my needs as far as the boots being all mountain, etc.
post #4 of 6
I've heard good things about Union Force
post #5 of 6
for the boots, just start trying on a bunch. Nothing will determine which one to buy more than the way it feels.

I would suggest looking at last year's stock as well. You can find some great deals on leftover stock; usually 30-50% cheaper
post #6 of 6
i have been a much happier snowboarder since replacing my mid-level burton bindings with high-level flow bindings. but from what i've heard you really have to get the best (read: most expensive) ones to ensure you don't lose too much on stiffness. check 'em out.

it's especially nice if you're out with skiers as well, since you don't have to make everyone wait while you're strapping in.
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