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  Quote Nater43 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Picking out first setup for girlfriend
    Posted: Dec/26/2013 at 12:36am
Hi all, 

I'm looking for some help in picking out my girlfriends first setup, being a board, boots, and bindings. She want's the gear to look good, but I obviously want it to function well and not be a load of crap. This is where I could use your help. 

She's looking for a board around 150cm, and would like to keep the whole setup under $400 if possible. I know this is a stretch, but I was hoping some of you could help us out with some ideas. A used board is always an option as well. 

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  Quote namsapalooza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/26/2013 at 4:33am
I'd say getting the best boots possible should be your first priority. I had crappy boots when I started out and it's so much easier to ride with boots that actually fit. So if that means you have to spend comparatively a lot on the boots, I'd say do that. You might also luck out and find that a cheaper pair fits perfectly, in which case getting those would be great too. Definitely have her come with you to try boots on herself so she can see what fits best.

As for the board, this really isn't all that important to start with in my opinion. Since she cares about how it looks (which is fair enough) I'd just make sure that part works for her. Personally, I wouldn't even mind going with a 'crappier' brand like Lamar. But you can also find some nice deals on here on past years' models for not too much including boards from Burton, K2, DC, Rossignol, Ride, Capita, Roxy, Salomon.

Hope this helps! Good luck with finding everything!!
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  Quote )(nfinit)( Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/26/2013 at 5:40am
Below are a few recommendations to get you started looking.  Namsa is spot on with the boots recommendation.  If you can go to a store and try on some boots to see what works then you can always check online for better deals, though there are benefits to in-store purchasing when it comes to boot fitting.  

Bindings are probably the least critical, so long as they hold your foot down, but going with companies like burton, union, rome, etc. can make sure you get decent buckles and ladders which is a definite plus.

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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/26/2013 at 11:40am
Don't  forget boards from Never Summer and Thrive.  I wouldn't say bindings are least important because it's also to find comfortable pair of bindings as well because I had a pair of Burton bindings and the straps were to hard and poking into my boot that I was in pain the whole time.  Smooth ratchets are also important because it's annoying to not being able to lock in.  
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/26/2013 at 12:50pm
My cousin went with an all Burton set up for her first set up.

Board: Burton Feather- nimble, catch free, good speed, "pretty" LOL, and the ability to really progress.  It's a great lady minded beginner to intermediate board.  Definitely won't hold her back.  It's a directional twin for great carving, pow control, and the easy V shape is buttery smooth. -- Here on TruSnow for under $200! heck of a price point.  

[EDIT] - Just realized that this year's Feather has the Channel, while last year's had the 3D mounting system if that changes anything for you.]

Bindings: Citizen - B usually makes the Citizens match the feather color palet wise, so they are a hit with the ladies.  I'd say they are a step up in functionality than your real cheapos. (still sub $100 for past year's colors on TruSnow).

Boots: Coco (these boots fit her perfectly, and she tried on more than 20 different pairs in many different brands, sizes, lacing systems, etc)

You may be able to score a great deal on packages with the Feather and the Citizen like my cousin did to!  
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  Quote Nater43 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/26/2013 at 2:36pm
Thanks for all the replies everyone. I'll look over the suggestions with her later on tonight. At the moment, she seems to have her eyes set on this: http://www.snsboards.com/spice-floral-pink-womens-snowboard-package/

I'm turned off by the brand, as I know nothing of them and their quality. She likes the color and the price, but the quality is largely in question. Anyone have any input on this?

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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/28/2013 at 12:54am
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I've never heard of them.

How about...
Ride Rapture $165
Pair of bindings, Union Flite, K2 Agogo, etc for about $100. K2 YeahYeah and Union Milan might be too soft.
Then you'll have about a little more than $100 on boots. Make sure she gets to try the boots before you buy. Have her try on different pairs to see which is most comfy.
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  Quote keljai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/28/2013 at 9:12am
i think it is do-able if she doesn't care about brand. THing l notice with new riders and girls too (from my friends) they prefer burton because its a well known brand and design. If she can get away from that mindset, with compromise, it is do-able 
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  Quote namsapalooza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/28/2013 at 9:59am
I've never heard of that brand you mentioned either. I'd probably stay away from it personally. Picking individual items should a bit better methinks. Especially because you will be able to get the best boots possible, whereas you just have to take what's in the set otherwise.

You could have her look at these options too: TruSnow's DC, K2, Lamar, Rossignol, Salomon, and Sierra boards for under US$250. There's at least one pink one from Salomon. With that you'd know that you still have a pretty decent board. Same goes for the other brands. The Lamar boards are considered to be worse than the others, but I think they're often pretty, so if that's more important then you can have a look at those too. Other sites probably have some other deals too.

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  Quote bataleon155 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/28/2013 at 11:05am
nater, while you at that site (hidden gem for sapient boards for me). might as well check out the m3 package and the sapient package. especially the sapient seduction as it's really well built and constructed even it an old board. it still surpass some of the new model out now (how often do you see a woman board with sintered base with that price range? it will last a long time if you take care of it).

to be honest though, since it just a starter kit for your gf to get her foot wet with. don't worry much about the board as she will progress and move on to another board eventually. you should be worry more on the boots as it's a deal breaker if it don't fit well (evo is your friend). spend some time to shop around and try as much boots as you can (or you might get lucky like me and find some boots that fit well online).
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/28/2013 at 11:26am
Never heard of that brand but beware of not well known brands especially the bindings, they usually fall apart after a few rides and the ratchets are poor.  The board should be fine as long as it does not ride like the Burton Cruzer.
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  Quote sleeepili Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/08/2014 at 1:00am
$400 is not a stretch at all if you/she is okay with getting used gear. $400 on "like new" used gear could easily get you a setup valued at 600$+ when it's new new

it sounds like shes a beginner so it's a good idea to start her off on a shorter and softer board. They are typically more forgiving in terms of catching edges, and lighter which makes it easier to manage at lower speeds

you also have the options of tradition camber, flat, or reverse camber. again for a beginner, flat or reverse is more forgiving 
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  Quote )(nfinit)( Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/08/2014 at 6:23am
If you watch you can get great deals.

I have a board/bindings/boots that are valued at $1150.  I paid $410.  The board and bindings are still there at $340 of that.
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  Quote tomek77pl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/08/2014 at 9:43am
Does she know how to snowboard yet? if not, I purchased a ride board(20$), Burton freestyle bindings(30$) and boots for 30$ so the whole setup cost her 80$. You can always check out craigslist and see if you can find some deals on gear. It doesn't have to be all new gear as it is just for learning and later on she can purchase better gear. 
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