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  Quote Zbice Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: First time
    Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 7:34am
SO my roommate got me hooked and i just want to know if i should get new stuff?
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 7:44am
I assume you are referring to snowboarding and not recreational drugs or bizarre sexual encounters.

In that case, yes, buy your own gear.  Depending on how many times you go per season you will be better off in the long run versus renting gear.  One tip that 99% of people will tell you is try on boots before purchasing!!!

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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 7:54am
That's exactly what I thought - is he talking about drugs or a fleshlight?

Buy used first - especially the board.
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  Quote Zbice Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 7:55am
yes i mean snowboarding. What should i do about the boots if i am buying them online?
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  Quote Ejekted Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 7:58am
Originally posted by Zbice

yes i mean snowboarding. What should i do about the boots if i am buying them online?

If you are buying boots online, then I still recommend going to different shops and trying on a bunch of different boots to find which style/brand/size fits the best, then you can order them online. It's not a good idea to buy boots without trying them on first.
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  Quote letourneau41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 8:00am
If they have better prices online, get them online but before you do go into a local shop and try them on.  If you boot doesn't fit right you're going to have a miserable day of riding.  Also be careful about buying boots used because often times the padding can be worn out if they've been heavily used.  
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  Quote Zbice Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 8:13am
okay will do thanks alot guys
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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 8:15am
don't buy used boots.

if you absolutely have to buy online, buy from a big company that pays for return shipping (dogfunk, backcountry, etc).  You just print out the UPS return label, stick it on the box and give it to any UPS delivery person in any UPS truck  - done.

start with buying one size smaller than your tennis shoe.  The boot should fit extremely snug everywhere, except your toes, which should just be grazing the front of the liner (not curled up).  Your toes should also not be pushed/pinched in from the sides ("toe box" should be roomy).

work from there and keep buying and returning until you get the right (snug) fit.  Good luck.


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  Quote letourneau41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 8:30am
Originally posted by Piranha

don't buy used boots.

if you absolutely have to buy online, buy from a big company that pays for return shipping (dogfunk, backcountry, etc).  You just print out the UPS return label, stick it on the box and give it to any UPS delivery person in any UPS truck  - done.

start with buying one size smaller than your tennis shoe.  The boot should fit extremely snug everywhere, except your toes, which should just be grazing the front of the liner (not curled up).  Your toes should also not be pushed/pinched in from the sides ("toe box" should be roomy).

work from there and keep buying and returning until you get the right (snug) fit.  Good luck.



Be careful with this.  Some company's take the cost of shipping out of your return when you use their return label.  I'm not sure if Dogfunk or Backcountry do but I'm pretty sure TruSnow does. 
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  Quote robnezz23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 9:04am
Originally posted by Zbice

SO my roommate got me hooked and i just want to know if i should get new stuff?
 
Yes, you should get your own stuff.  Especially if you are "hooked."  It will be loads cheaper in the long run than renting.
As far as getting NEW stuff, I'd recommend No.  Get used or previous-year gear (board, bindings, boots) to start, and it will suit you just fine.  Get discounted or lightly used outerwear (jacket,m pants, gloves, socks).  And then with Christmas coming up, maybe you can score some new goggles or bindings or something sweet. 
 
Have fun man!  Welcome to the party!
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 9:22am
Originally posted by letourneau41

Originally posted by Piranha

don't buy used boots.

if you absolutely have to buy online, buy from a big company that pays for return shipping (dogfunk, backcountry, etc).  You just print out the UPS return label, stick it on the box and give it to any UPS delivery person in any UPS truck  - done.

start with buying one size smaller than your tennis shoe.  The boot should fit extremely snug everywhere, except your toes, which should just be grazing the front of the liner (not curled up).  Your toes should also not be pushed/pinched in from the sides ("toe box" should be roomy).

work from there and keep buying and returning until you get the right (snug) fit.  Good luck.



Be careful with this.  Some company's take the cost of shipping out of your return when you use their return label.  I'm not sure if Dogfunk or Backcountry do but I'm pretty sure TruSnow does. 

Dogfunk does, but you get unlimited time to return.
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 11:03am
If you see yourself going more than once or twice a season, definitely buy your own stuff!  Even if you go just twice a season for the rest of your life, that's grounds for buying your own stuff too.  Think long run costs, see how much you spent on rentals last season, then think about how many years of riding you'll be doing in the future, be honest with yourself, and then use that for your working budget when buying stuff.

As for boots, I'm not sure about that half size smaller than your tennis shoe... I'm a size 8 in normal shoes, tennis, basketball, dress shoes, etc.  For runners I sometimes go half a size larger.  With snowboard boots, I do half or full size larger, it REALLY depends on the brand.  Some brands I could be an 8, others 8.5 (Nike ZF1), and some 9 (DC Park).  You MUST go to a store and try them on.  If you can find the ones you want online for a good price, print out the web page and bring it into the store with you to see if they'll price match.  Don't show them until AFTER you've tried them on and found your size though! LOL  But yeah, just courtesy for taking up the guy's time for trying to help you.  If you know for sure you're getting it online, then try not to take up too much of the guy's time at the store.
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  Quote dvdngu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 11:32am
Get your own stuff! itll pay for itself if you go enough. renting isnt too cheap after a while!
and for boots, what i do is try boots on in stores, and then find the best price for whatever boots that fit the best, whether it be in store or online. but most important, MAKE SURE THEY FIT. bad fitting boots WILL ruin your day of boarding.
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  Quote Blur510 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 11:34am
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SO my roommate got me hooked and i just want to know if i should get new stuff?

congrats snowboarding is so much fun, and since you are addicted, you should buy and not rent.  I buy just about everything online since it's cheaper, but I always look at them and try them on in stores.
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 11:43am
that's some good advice on the toe box being roomy.
good advice on buying your own gear.
and good advice with buying your board used! ( even tho I bought mine new, prob with it is you really don't know what you'll like and prefer.)
one thing not to cheap out on is boots unless  you can find a pair that'll fit for cheap.

Get some gear, stop renting, but the prob you face is transporting it to the hills everytime u go it can be a bitch at times.
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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 2:34pm
as far as returning boots, even if the online co docks your refund, I doubt it's as much as you would pay shipping it back yourself (which they would refund anyhow) and it's worth it for the convenience you're getting (no driving, no rushing, etc)

one of the good things about buying a used board is you won't worry about it as much, especially when doing those first home wax jobs and edge tunes
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 8:06pm
agreed buy your own gear! buy quality gear at a good price... try to find last years products they will be marked down extensively because shops are trying to get rid of it because its taking up space. you could buy a board new, but do your research and talk to your room mate. He will probably be the person you go with most i assume... So it would be smart to say you two will have the same riding style... So his input will probably be valid.
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  Quote CharlieZima Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2012 at 1:04am
in the long run buying own gear is def cheaper! renting at resort goes abt $50 each time, i think?

and for me i just feel more sanitary when using own gear.
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  Quote keljai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2012 at 5:33am
^what charlie said, l remember i time, l wore a boot that was still wet, the guy said that was the last pair avaliable right now. i felt disgusting for the rest of the week
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  Quote MtMansfield Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2012 at 6:14am
Definitely more cost efficient in the long run, but I can't stress enough... research, research, research. I'd go another couple times to try different board lengths, and board style (camber and reverse camber if the resort/friends have them available). Also read a bunch of reviews of the gear that you think you want, and not always the fan boy 5-star review always read some lower or one star reviews to understand why people didn't like it.

I always do a lot of research before big money purchases and I have never been upset with what I choose.
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  Quote Peekaboo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2012 at 6:46am
Ive been through it..All i can say is spend on the gears that you really want and dont go cheap. WHen you eventually get better, you would want to replace all of those cheap gears. So buy what you really want now and save money in the long run.
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  Quote Blur510 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2012 at 6:53am
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^what charlie said, l remember i time, l wore a boot that was still wet, the guy said that was the last pair avaliable right now. i felt disgusting for the rest of the week

eww gross, I think I would have sat it out and not ride if that was the case.  U are one hard core snowboarder.. props.. 

I'm still cringing.. lol
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