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    Posted: Jun/15/2010 at 2:50am
Hey guys, really new so go easy! haha

Right so im going snowboarding this July in NZ for the first time and am looking for some gear. However I am also in the middle of planning a holiday to Whistler Canada for January of next year, ideally i would like to buy board bindings etc that will be good for both.. i.e. i can use it when im learning, but they will still be good when i improve (which i would assume i would between 2 weeks at NZ and ~4 in canada)

So far i have been looking at like...

Sierra Reverse Crew
Sierra Team
Flow infinite

for boards.. thinking like 157/158/159
im 6'3" 70 kgs btw (about 150lbs)

For bindings im kinda sad, because there are barely any bindings left at sierra, and no where else seems to ship to aus due to crappy contracts and stuff in aus is sooooo expensive! :( :(

same deal with boots really, but ignoring shipping difficulties i had sort of been looking at like

Burton Cartel
Union Force

for bindings and absolutely no idea for boots!

If you guys could help me out i would really appreciate it! :D also if you could please give reasons for what you say not just "get this" that would be great too..

cheers,

scott
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/15/2010 at 3:47am
One more thing, i saw somewhere someone mentioning "de-tuning" the board so you dont catch edges or something? please explain have no idea what this is or when its needed to be done!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/15/2010 at 3:53pm
hey, in addition to my first post, was also looking at these:

http://www.tactics.com/burton/custom-snowboard-bindings
http://www.daddiesboardshop.com/burton-mission-bindings.aspx

are the customs/missions any good? would love to save the extra money off the cartels... and i cant seem to find union forces anywhere, so scrap that

cheers, and i hope someone can help me out soon! :D
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/16/2010 at 7:23am
great questions

1. Thinking about best investment for all your snowboard trips and beyond i recommend either the the reverse crew or team. Here is the difference between the 2.

The team is the best board to teach you the proper fundamentals of turning. If you are a 'buy the book' kinda guy and want to master the basics and carve the whole mountain, the team is the way to go.

On the flip side, the reverse crew is a more unorthodox  snowboard, ideally for somebody who knows how to carve. It is not to say that you can not learn on this board. I recommend you go this way if you image yourself riding powder and doing small freestyle tricks in the future.

2. Edges on a new snowboard come really sharp. Detuning the upper and lower 4 inches of the edge with sandpaper or a file will help prevent unnecessary falls. Watch this video

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/snowboard-videosub.asp?vid=314&cat=gear

3. For best long term satisfaction with your bindings, look at the mission, cartel, triad or p1. The custom is too soft for your height and weight.

Feel free to ask us and other community members more questions.





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/16/2010 at 2:02pm
Thanks a lot mike!

Im going to go with the cartels for the bindings, and im going to go with the RC 159 for the board! This would be the right size for me yeah? I wouldn't need the wide would I?

Thanks for explaining de-tuning, i had no idea.. should i be doing this before i go for the first time?

Also if im size 11ISH on shoes (probably smaller if anything) should i be getting medium cartel bindings? it says on the burton website that it ranges from 8-11!

ta

EDIT: i went to the snow shop today and they told me i needed size 10 boots, i didnt actually buy any but every pair of size 10's i tried on "fit" the guy there told me that my toes are meant to touch the end of the boot when im just standing there.. is that right?

so given that im size 10 boots.. should i be getting MEDIUM or LARGE cartel bindings?

Cheers!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/17/2010 at 8:06am
yes, the guy was right about the fit of your boots. With size 10, you are definately a medium burton binding.

yes, 159 is a great size reverse crew for you

yes, i would detune the board before riding.

Enjoy!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/17/2010 at 2:17pm
thanks mike!

thankyou to this whole community.. everyone has been extremely helpful and i cant get over how good the setup of sierra is.. best site ive seen on the net! really really appreciate the help!


EDIT: i still dont really understand the process of detuning? that video just shows board waxing :(
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