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  Quote jester563 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: noob that's picking up speed. have questions
    Posted: Feb/26/2014 at 10:43pm
equipment i'm using. Burton Blunt Wide, 153. boots - thirty two summit.   bindings - ride. something.   recently got a helmet, K2 riot.   goggles scott. something.

anyways. finally got carving down i'm looking to start doing jumps and stuff. any advice?

also, my angles are at right foot +18° and left foot -6°   is this alright? sometimes i feel like it's maybe a bit too much but i dont want to have to continuously change the angles until i feel like it feels right. thanks
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welcome to the forums!  

you will likely get 20 different responses with 20 different opinions on jumping and angles.  Most of them will be correct, so it can get confusing!

First on stance angles, the +18 isn't bad if it works for you.  I like to recommend a +15/-15 as it allows for easier switch riding and is a good starting point to learn what YOUR preferences will be.

As far as jumps, start off with rollers to learn where to pop and the feeling of landing with speed.  When you feel comfortable landing and edging off those, find some small jumps or small side hits on the mountain, play on those.  When you get comfortable with those trying putting a grab in.  Then take it to the bigger parks.  

Learn the park rules, there is also some unspoken etiquette somewhat like golf.  Don't sit in landings, don't hit jumps you can't clear, clear landing areas quickly if you wreck.  roll through the jumps first to see what you are getting into.  Choose a line and keep moving through, there is nothing wrong with pushing yourself and stepping up to bigger and bigger features, but many parks are setup to allow for lines, so be aware of who is dropping in around you.  A quick step to the side may be the best bet.

when you get to a jump, drop in or step out of the way.  Many people find them intimidating, but after you have scoped the jump don't think too much just go, more thought leads to more doubt leads to more wrecks!

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  Quote MikeD13559 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/27/2014 at 10:44am
i think )(nfinit)( covered everything pretty well.
Just going to agree with the binding angle topic... it's all about your pref.  Whatever feels right/ comfortable for you is going to be the best thing for you since we are all built differently with dif length legs, dif width hips, dif sized feet, etc... It usually takes some tweaking to figure out what is going to work for you.  Messing around with small tweaks to your stance will help you dial it in.  I recommend doing some carpet boarding before you go out and ride after you tweak your stance.  It will be obvious if it's totally not comfortable to you just by strapping in and standing in a snowboarding stance and doing some nose and tail presses for a min or 2.  Don't be afraid to mess with dif stance widths too.  It kind of goes hand in had with finding the angles you like.
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hmm i'm just pretty lazy... not sure if i want to go through the effort of trying different angles and stuff and i wouldn't know how many times to try it until i know i want to keep it as it is now or to stop trying. what's the range of angles it can go from? +15 and -15 seems very... spread apart haha.

by rollers do you mean those little hill type things? and by carpet boarding you mean just putting it down and just strapping in and like kinda lean back so just the nose/tail is touching the ground??   it won't damage my board?

could you guys list to me like the decent/ better brands of snowboards and bindings boots? i know burton and K2 are like top for snowboards but that's pertty much it.

if i'm looking for some higher quality equipment, what should i look out for? extra info is i'm 165 pounds, 5'4

thanks for your responses guys! i appreciate it!
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  Quote MikeD13559 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2014 at 11:12pm
Don't be lazy with this! Angles and stance width make a huge difference!!!!  If your stance isn't setup well/ properly for you then you just can't ride as well or progress as much.  I see people with messed up stances struggling all the time and I bet they would ride 10000 times better if they just took the time to adjust it properly.  It's kind of like having your car properly aligned and having the proper amount of air in the tires.  It just make it easier to control.  If you can control your board better.. guess what?  you can do more!

As far as range of angles:  15, -15 is very common and def NOT too big at all.  People go anywhere from from 24  to -24.  that's on the really extreme end.  A lot of people ride 15, 12, 9, 6 for their front/ downhill foot and -15, -12, -9, -6, -3 and 0 for their rear foot.  I ride 12, -12.  That's what's comfortable for me.   Just don't have your down hill foot setup with a smaller angle than your rear foot.

Stance width: Start slightly wider than shoulder width. You want a good wide base, this will keep you more stable.  Wide base = less 'tippy'.  You don't want to be too wide either though, as you can't bend you knees properly and lose control.... just like you can't bend your knees properly with too narrow of a stance.  There is def a happy zone that will be perfect (or close) for you.  But, we cant tell you what that is, as everyone has a different body.  So, this is where you need to mess around with the width and do some carpet boarding to see how it feels.

Rollers are 'humps' on the runs.  They are usually natural.  Basically, they are areas where the run gets a little steeper for a short distance all of a sudden.  They are great to ollie or jump off.  Some resorts actually set up man made rollers in the beginner/ progression parks for intro/ beginner jumps.

Carpet boarding just means strapping into your board at home, on the carpet and messing around feeling how the angles and stance width feel.  You don't have to do much more than get into your snowboarding pose and do some nose and tail presses to see how it all feels. It won't damage your board at all being on the carpet.

Good board brands (in no particular order):  Capita, Bataleon, Nidecker, Nitro, Flow, Salomon, Jones, Lib Tech, Gnu, Signal, Niche, Unity, Thrive, Never Summer, MarHar, Lobster, Rome, Ride, Arbor, Slash, K2, Rossignol, Burton(but not as good as they used to be since they moved production to China.... I have heard of a lot of base issues... and I have seen some as well)  I'm sure I have forgot to list a few brands.  I love personally loveBataleon boards (I have 3 dif models), Capita is awesome too (I own one), and Thrive has some great boards (I own one and have ridden 2 models).  I have owned Lib tech and Burton boards in the past as well.

Good Binding brands:  Union, Burton, Flux, Ride, NOW, Switchback, Rome, Ride, Drake, Bent Metal - I personally like Union a lot (I have 2 pairs of forces and 1 pair of contacts).  And I am really loving my Switchbacks as well.

Good boot brands:  Nike, Thirty Two, Celsius, Rome, Ride, Burton, Salomon, Northwave, Nitro, Adidas, K2, Deeluxe  ... I'm prob missing a few here too .  My Nike Zoom Force 1s are my fav boots I have ever had.  That's 20+ seasons riding and prob 7 or 8 dif boots.   The most important thing with boots is fit.  Nothing worse than you feet killing you when you are on the slopes!  Good boots are key.  Most people would say they are the most important part of your entire setup.  Don't skimp on boots!

Higher end stuff is pricey.  Even though some brands make quality stuff, a lot of them also make intro level/ crappy stuff.  This includes Burton, K2, Rossignol and Ride.  I'd stay away from their lower end gear...   Some brands really only make quality products:  Capita, Bataleon, Thrive, Nitro, Niche, Nike, NOW, Switchback, Union are a few examples.

Hope this helps!

P.S.  don't be lazy with setting up your binding angles and stance width!!!! It's super important!!!!!!!!!!

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