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    snowboard equivalent of performance and nashbar?

    Snowboarding this year. Gonna do it. Looking for good online options (yes, I will try local first) with prices along the lines of a Performance or Speedgoat with good service.

    I've purchased items from travelcountry.com and backcountry.com, but where would you go for snowboard specialists who aren't all flash and style ala a Colorado Cyclist.

    Would an rei outlet or sierratrading post still do the job? I don't mind buying last year's stuff...seeing as how I'll be crashing my brains out all day long.

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    http://www.wiredsport.com/?source=overture
    http://www.geardirect.com/
    http://skisnowboardoutlet.com/
    http://www.boardsforless.com/?source...OVMTC=standard

    Just some of the sites a simple yahoo search pulled. yeah me 2, will just try and rent board and boots for like first 3.4 times......a LOT of people have told me that once you figure it out, it is SUBLIME

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    Online purchases........from experience, I wouldn't even think of buying boots online. A board maybe if I new the difference between the different glass layups and how waist width and sidecut interplay with that to dictate board feel.

    Not that an online retailer couldn't get you that info, I'd still press for local purchase.

    Anyway, you get my point.

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    assuming you are in B-town, does the Bogus ski patrol do a swap? Swaps can be great places to pick up new/last years' stuff, lightly used stuff, killer deals...

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    go to the board room or newts...they'll have last year's decks at half off...at least..bindings and boots too..

    you can probably get a really nice set up for half off retail.

    how much are you looking to spend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica
    assuming you are in B-town, does the Bogus ski patrol do a swap? Swaps can be great places to pick up new/last years' stuff, lightly used stuff, killer deals...
    Yup...the Bogus Basin Ski Swap is one of the biggest in the nation. It should be that first weekend in November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Yup...the Bogus Basin Ski Swap is one of the biggest in the nation. It should be that first weekend in November.
    Funny, is there a swap out there that DOESN'T claim that? That is what Mt Spokane say too, LOL.

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    Why wait? I've already started picking up gear now- my local shop is closing out last years stuff at 45-50% off. I've been snowboarding for a long time and am pretty picky about what will work and what is hype. I'd stay with a local shop until you know exactly what you are buying. Even then, I don't think I would buy a board without seeing and flexing it. Last year there was some stuff online about boardsforless selling factory reject Arbors and Arbor wouldn't warranty them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayndar
    Why wait? I've already started picking up gear now- my local shop is closing out last years stuff at 45-50% off. I've been snowboarding for a long time and am pretty picky about what will work and what is hype. I'd stay with a local shop until you know exactly what you are buying. Even then, I don't think I would buy a board without seeing and flexing it. Last year there was some stuff online about boardsforless selling factory reject Arbors and Arbor wouldn't warranty them.
    Gravity Sports?

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    I go to both guys, but actually it was Alpine Science

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    I vote for the ski swap too. We have a great one by me and there are screamin' deals every year.

    I do disagree with the assertion that you shouldn't buy a board (or bindings) online. As a beginner you have no idea of what type of flex, sidecut, etc is best for you and simply bending a board on the showroom floor won't help you with that. Flexing a board in the shop still gives you no indication of how the interplay between flex, sidecut, taper, materials etc will work out on the snow.

    They're not like bikes - you can't simply take them out in the parking lot and try them unless you find an on-snow demo at your local hill. I'm still figuring it out what I like best after riding for 16 years.

    I'd look for a reputable company and buy whatever board you think will work based on the manufacturer's description and your wallet size.

    By boots at the local shop though.

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