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Where should i be shopping for gears and what do i need? How much should i be looking to spend?
Any deals coming up?
If you're just starting out then get a Sportcheck special or something off of craigslist. Board should come up to about your mouth or so, height wise.
You'll need a board, bindings, boots, pants, gloves, jacket, goggles, and a helmet if you so choose.
Spend as little as possible, no use being one of those asian (not saying you are just they are the worst for it) folks that have about 5k worth of shit on their bodies but can't ride for shit.
Invest in gear that helps you stay dry and stay warm without breaking the bank
Yes if that means you're more comfortable in goretex or a more pricey jacket/pants then so be it. You do not want to feel discouraged if you're wet and soaked, then have to drive home damp and feeling like ass
As for a snowboard? Go with a reference to weight instead of measuring up with height.
I've preached this method time and time again and for good reason. As gear now is based on mass instead of leverage. You can be a twig and weight next to nothing, and buy a board based on height and have it feel too stiff. I've seen it before and it holds true. Especially for someone that's starting out
Everything vangruver said is the exact same advice I'd give. Get gear that can hold up to a full day of riding and let you progress comfortably, and talk to someone who knows about sizing a snowboard. It's 100% based on flex patterns, effective edge and shapes suited to your weight and also not to be forgotten, foot size.
Yeah and I do agree with Gab in the sense, dont go out and blow your wad on retardedly expensive stuff, but don't go too cheap. You can easily get everything, brand new, and quality for under 2k. Its not that much considering a lift ticket costs 120 bucks at whistler. Its an expensive hobby, but there is nothing in the world I'd rather do at any time.
Amen to the advice vangruver gave. As to budget, spend whatever you are comfortable with. If that means 5k or 500$, so be it. I would also recommend renting or borrowing gear from a friend the first 2 trips to see if you enjoy it enough to invest your hard earned coin. As to where to splurge and spend more coin, my vote is on boots and pants. Your feet have to be comfortable and pants because you will be sitting alot, more so when you're learning. Nothing worst than foot pain and a cold/wet ass.
IMO rent at least the board (ideally boots too) the first few times out, get a feel for what type of board you like and how boots feel after a few hours. You'll have a lot easier time buying the right boots once you know what comfortable ones feel like to you. If you're going to buy everything, boots are the single most important piece of kit you have, everything else you can skimp on a lot easier.
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GoreTex is a great product, they have near monopoly on the consumer market. If you want to use real gear made for off-piste use, look into hardshells made with eVent, polartec's NeoShell and schoeller's c_change. It will boggle your mind the options available once you look into other brands.