Purchasing first board

Purchasing first board

Post by James Penne » Tue, 14 Sep 1999 04:00:00


After two seasons of renting boards, I've decided
to purchase one this year.  Out of three brands
and several sizes that I have have tried, I've
narrowed it down to the Ride Control 158.  On the
slopes I spend most of my time on the trails or in
the powder in the trees.  The price for the board
at a local shop is $230 for a '99 model, and for
the bindings, I'm looking at the Switch brand, and
those are $99 for the '99 models also.  Any
thoughts on this price and setup.  I'm 5'10", 180
lbs, and a 10 1/2 shoe size.  As for ski area's I
try to travel up to southern Colorado as I live in
Phoenix, AZ and the snow isn't that great in this
state.

Thanks for your input.

James

 
 
 

Purchasing first board

Post by Nick » Tue, 14 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> After two seasons of renting boards, I've decided
> to purchase one this year.  Out of three brands
> and several sizes that I have have tried, I've
> narrowed it down to the Ride Control 158.  On the
> slopes I spend most of my time on the trails or in
> the powder in the trees.  The price for the board
> at a local shop is $230 for a '99 model, and for
> the bindings, I'm looking at the Switch brand, and
> those are $99 for the '99 models also.  Any
> thoughts on this price and setup.  I'm 5'10", 180
> lbs, and a 10 1/2 shoe size.  As for ski area's I
> try to travel up to southern Colorado as I live in
> Phoenix, AZ and the snow isn't that great in this
> state.

> Thanks for your input.

> James

    Switches are convenient, but EXTREMELY stiff! ie: you can't use them
in the halpipe

 
 
 

Purchasing first board

Post by Some Gu » Wed, 15 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Haven't tried the Control but I can tell you about the Switch bindings.
If you're coming from straps they are very stiff, no play at all, this
is very bad if you do a lot of freestyle but makes for quicker response
while carving. Make sure the boot fits you well, if you can't find one
that fits you great don't get that system, the boot is more important
than the binding in stepins. My normal advice for people getting stepins
is to try on a lot of boots and find the one that fits best, then buy
the system it attaches to.
Quote:

> After two seasons of renting boards, I've decided
> to purchase one this year.  Out of three brands
> and several sizes that I have have tried, I've
> narrowed it down to the Ride Control 158.  On the
> slopes I spend most of my time on the trails or in
> the powder in the trees.  The price for the board
> at a local shop is $230 for a '99 model, and for
> the bindings, I'm looking at the Switch brand, and
> those are $99 for the '99 models also.  Any
> thoughts on this price and setup.  I'm 5'10", 180
> lbs, and a 10 1/2 shoe size.  As for ski area's I
> try to travel up to southern Colorado as I live in
> Phoenix, AZ and the snow isn't that great in this
> state.

> Thanks for your input.

> James


 
 
 

Purchasing first board

Post by James Penne » Thu, 16 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Haven't tried the Control but I can tell you about the Switch bindings.
> If you're coming from straps they are very stiff, no play at all, this
> is very bad if you do a lot of freestyle but makes for quicker response
> while carving. Make sure the boot fits you well, if you can't find one
> that fits you great don't get that system, the boot is more important
> than the binding in stepins. My normal advice for people getting stepins
> is to try on a lot of boots and find the one that fits best, then buy
> the system it attaches to.

Thanks for the info.  I've tried the strap ins, and they all felt loose to
me.  I've got some free time later this week, so I'll go try on some boots.

James

 
 
 

Purchasing first board

Post by Ricardo Rodrigue » Thu, 16 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Try to get the same models but from '98, they're cheaper!
Quote:

>After two seasons of renting boards, I've decided
>to purchase one this year.  Out of three brands
>and several sizes that I have have tried, I've
>narrowed it down to the Ride Control 158.  On the
>slopes I spend most of my time on the trails or in
>the powder in the trees.  The price for the board
>at a local shop is $230 for a '99 model, and for
>the bindings, I'm looking at the Switch brand, and
>those are $99 for the '99 models also.  Any
>thoughts on this price and setup.  I'm 5'10", 180
>lbs, and a 10 1/2 shoe size.  As for ski area's I
>try to travel up to southern Colorado as I live in
>Phoenix, AZ and the snow isn't that great in this
>state.

>Thanks for your input.

>James