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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Better value----
    Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 12:50pm
After spending the while looking into things to get my gf started would be better to get her:
A) Nice warm pants, goggles, good gloves, impact pants and a starter board like the morrow lotus or a board around that price
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B) A nicer board such as the burton lux V and the warm pants
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C) A brand new board such as the burton feather, flow velvet, roxy olie pop.  

I want her to enjoy snowboarding, she liked the rental just scared to get hurt from falling.  
We are going to be doing groomed surfaces, Im leaning towards the full package for her to enjoy snowboarding, but im sure she'll pick up the impact pants no matter what.  So it comes down to is getting a little better board going to make the experience that much better?
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 12:52pm
I'd probably lean A.


Even if she doesn't see riding through very long she'll have a nice set of stuff for the snow whenever it snows in your area. Can never go wrong with gloves and pants.
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 12:55pm
I'm for A as well... if she's coming from rentals, she'll be upgrading with whatever you get her.  My only concern is this, I did the same thing, got her gloves, goggles, pants, picked out her board... but they really do care about colours and style.  No matter how great those pants or gloves are, if they're the wrong colour, she won't wear them.  So maybe ask her for her preferences?
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  Quote keljai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 12:56pm
Why do you have to buy he whole set? I separate them as different gift lol

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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 1:07pm
I did realize that so I have showed her what she could get and looking to see what she likes...pretty sneaky, so those are the options I have found.  We are going for new years and I want her to be prepared for it, instead of just throwing a bunch of stuff together. I'm a student so this is my budget and probably over thinking everything. I need a sugar momma just to get what I want. 
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  Quote Sintexo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 1:12pm
I think boots are the make/break piece of equipment when it comes to a day of riding.  Dunno if she already has a pair, or if she was going to rent or what.  But if you have a pair that don't fit your feet well, you're not gonna have a lot of fun no matter how warm you are.

She would have to try on a bunch of different boots though, until she finds the right pair for her feet.
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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 1:14pm
Ya went through that process got a nice pair of burtons casa that fit really well, thanks. 
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  Quote Sintexo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 1:20pm
I got him too, but I've already locked up the win.  Need him to put up some points next week though if I want to make it to the next round haha.  Got good matchups for weeks 15/16, just need to get through 14.

Unfortunately for this week, Eli always seems to have trouble vs. the skins.

But back to answering your question, if she's already got the boots, I'd recommend a combination of a nicer board + gloves/mitts, unless shes prone to getting cold legs.
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 1:57pm
I'd go with option A. I really don't think the board will make the difference esp if you're still learning, Being comfortable and warm her being worried about getting hurt, she'll enjoy the experience a lot more.
takes a while to tweak what you really want in terms of hard goods. It takes a lot of trial and error, borrowing from friends and trying gear from demos or w/e
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  Quote kikko Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 2:34pm
when i was learning, the biggest obstacle was the fear of catching that heelside edge and slamming the back of my head on the ground resulting in some f'd up whiplash... does she have a helmet? unless she is the real gung ho type of gal, slamming her head or on her tailbone might have her just say "f this!"

nowadays with all the choices of camber/rocker/hybrid etc... the board can make a huge difference in speeding up the learning curve while giving confidence at the same time.

protective gear, boots(she's already got) and a LTR type board like the Burton Genie is the way to get your gf started.

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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2012 at 10:06pm
Originally posted by kikko

when i was learning, the biggest obstacle was the fear of catching that heelside edge and slamming the back of my head on the ground resulting in some f'd up whiplash... does she have a helmet? unless she is the real gung ho type of gal, slamming her head or on her tailbone might have her just say "f this!"

nowadays with all the choices of camber/rocker/hybrid etc... the board can make a huge difference in speeding up the learning curve while giving confidence at the same time.

protective gear, boots(she's already got) and a LTR type board like the Burton Genie is the way to get your gf started.


Yes, this is a VERY valid point!  I can't believe I forgot about the helmet, that's definitely something I got my gf too and it has been a life saver!  Now she never rides without one.
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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 5:25am
Neither did I only using a bucket for park.  Does your gf wear any knee pads of elbow pads?
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 8:06am
I find the flat soft volleyball knee pads work great actually.  Soft to rest on while taking a break midway down the hill and they're less bulky underneath the pant.  I lend mine to my gf now and I got them for like $12 at a cheap sports store.  Brand was Cooper.  Not a bad addition to your gift set.
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  Quote kirium81 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 8:32am
Originally posted by Sintexo

I think boots are the make/break piece of equipment when it comes to a day of riding.  Dunno if she already has a pair, or if she was going to rent or what.  But if you have a pair that don't fit your feet well, you're not gonna have a lot of fun no matter how warm you are.

She would have to try on a bunch of different boots though, until she finds the right pair for her feet.

Can't agree with this more. I would spend the most time/money on nice boots that fit her well. The pants and gloves- no matter how nice they are, they are going to be soaked with her being in contact with the snow so much while learning. Good idea of the impact shorts, makes a huge difference. Might want to also look into wrist guards. 

If I were you and on a budget, I would just try to borrow as much gear from other others as possible, and just buy her the impact shorts, wrist guards and boots. Oh the joys of teaching a new GF how to ride. You know you love the sport when you're willing to buy all her gear just so she can get started :) 
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 10:10am
I would get her comfortable and definitely waterproof gears otherwise she won't enjoy things if her gears get all all soaked and cold.  If she's scared of getting hurt then get her a helmet and wrist guards and maybe impact shorts.
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  Quote humblerooster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 10:16am
Another main thing that compliments getting waterproof gear is going snowboarding on a really nice day for her first time. No Icy or rainy conditions. If you can find a nice powdery day, it'll be perfect for her to learn.
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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 12:25pm
Thanks for all the suggestions, ya I ended up going for the burton lux and new waterproof gear and impact pants.  now she will have to pick up a helmet if she wants, last time we looked at one nothing matched her "style".  lol
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 1:19pm
Originally posted by MossManProphesies

Thanks for all the suggestions, ya I ended up going for the burton lux and new waterproof gear and impact pants.  now she will have to pick up a helmet if she wants, last time we looked at one nothing matched her "style".  lol


Well, there's nothing really feminine about helmets.  Check out Sandbox Brainbuckets.  They tend to be more "trendy" with flashy colours.  I see a lot of girls and guys wearing them on the hill.  It's kinda hot when you see a chick with long hair rock one. hahaha
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  Quote irish-boarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 1:22pm
The 1st one. Make the introduction to boarding as easy for her as possible. You think she gives a shit whether she'e on a sweet board or not..NO. Make the learning curve as comfortable as possible!
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 1:55pm
Originally posted by fj5

I find the flat soft volleyball knee pads work great actually.  Soft to rest on while taking a break midway down the hill and they're less bulky underneath the pant.  I lend mine to my gf now and I got them for like $12 at a cheap sports store.  Brand was Cooper.  Not a bad addition to your gift set.
That's a good reminder, I need to get me some vball pads..sometimes i just kneel on the hills to wait for newbs. getting old and knees can't take the pain no more.
Yes and a helmet but I'm assuming she's got one of those.
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 2:00pm
Originally posted by MossManProphesies

Thanks for all the suggestions, ya I ended up going for the burton lux and new waterproof gear and impact pants.  now she will have to pick up a helmet if she wants, last time we looked at one nothing matched her "style".  lol
If she's lucky enough she'll have a bunch of helmets that actually fit and be able to choose her "style" I'm not so lucky I buy what fits..and I got this white one, looks kinda girlie imo
Thought she would have had a helmet alrdy.
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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 2:06pm
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Originally posted by MossManProphesies

Thanks for all the suggestions, ya I ended up going for the burton lux and new waterproof gear and impact pants.  now she will have to pick up a helmet if she wants, last time we looked at one nothing matched her "style".  lol
If she's lucky enough she'll have a bunch of helmets that actually fit and be able to choose her "style" I'm not so lucky I buy what fits..and I got this white one, looks kinda girlie imo
Thought she would have had a helmet alrdy.
Im actually headed up to Toronto in 2 weeks any good places to find some helmets?
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2012 at 10:24pm
There are tonnes of places in Toronto, whereabouts are you going?  Downtown?  There are a lot of options for you actually.  Google "snowboard shops downtown toronto" and you'll find the addresses for Sanction, Skiis n Biikes, Hogtown, Boardsports, Meltdown, and MEC too.  

I usually go to Sanction up in Thornhill.  Meltdown has a crazy sale every year too: http://www.canadasnowboardclearance.com/

If you can go to that sale this weekend, you'd be VERY happy with the deals.  That's where I got my Vapor and C60 combo (50-60% off retail).  I ordered my Brainbucket helmet from Empire in Qc.
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  Quote MossManProphesies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 12:37pm
Wish i was going this weekend still stuck in exams, im actually travelling past TO but worth a stop if there is a good place to check out.
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  Quote haiv143 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/08/2012 at 9:22am
I'd go with A. When I started out I get everything and anything affordable because I was new to the sport and didn't know that I will fully like snowboarding. So similarly, I went with Option A and as time passes, I buy better gear one at a time (usually when it goes on sale) especially when I was in college. 
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  Quote vicente Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/08/2012 at 9:47am
Originally posted by kikko

when i was learning, the biggest obstacle was the fear of catching that heelside edge and slamming the back of my head on the ground resulting in some f'd up whiplash... does she have a helmet? unless she is the real gung ho type of gal, slamming her head or on her tailbone might have her just say "f this!"

nowadays with all the choices of camber/rocker/hybrid etc... the board can make a huge difference in speeding up the learning curve while giving confidence at the same time.

protective gear, boots(she's already got) and a LTR type board like the Burton Genie is the way to get your gf started.


don't ever buy an LTR they're probably the worst built board out there, I've worked with them for 5 year total POS. 
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/08/2012 at 10:35am
Definately A. but let her go and try on boots herself... go with her and foot the bill... a bad pair of boots makes riding harder. Take my story for example i was considering a pair of 32 boots for ages... went to the shop and tried them on... didnt like them so then i tried on some burton poachers they were a perfect fit... and they were 60 dollars cheaper and i feel like i enjoy riding more because i tried on almost every pair of boots they had in the shop... Boots are definately something not to skimp out on.
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Def A. No buts.
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