Guest StopDropandRoll Posted November 2, 2007 Report Share Posted November 2, 2007 Another Newbie Question I too am trying to make the transition from soft boots to hard boots, but with a slightly different set of challenges than Zach. I don’t know anyone who rides hard boots and need all the help I can get. I think that I’m going to have to buy a complete setup unless you guys know how someone in <ST1:pNorthern California</ST1:p can try first without buying. I’m hoping if I describe what it is I’m looking for, you guys can point me in the right direction. <O:p</O:p Rider: Instead of being 6’3” and around 220, I’m 5’9” and around 150. I’m not as interested in speed as much as I am in getting my hips to touch. <O:p</O:p Boots: Using the guide in your FAQ, I measured my feet at 26.6cm. So I think I’m looking for a pair of used, Mondo size 26 with Thermo Flex liners and the ability to upgrade to Intec heels later. (I do not have the money to do this all at once, so it’s going to be one piece at a time) <O:p</O:p Bindings: I don’t know enough about hard boot bindings to be very specific here. I like the idea of step in’s, but unfortunately this decision with be more price driven than anything else. <O:p</O:p Board: Again referencing your FAQ, I measured my chin-nose at 158-162cm. So I think I’m looking for (and here is where I need to most help) a freecarve with around a 10m radius (guessing), narrow waist (maybe), medium stiffness (150lb guy looking to get low to the ground), with little to no taper (no clue). All specifications are approximations based on information I have gathered reading not riding. If I am way off, please let me know. <O:p</O:p I do have some concern that I should begin with an all mountain before advancing to a freecarve. It seemed the advice Zach was getting was to go on the stiffer side, but I don’t have as much experience as he does. Any advice on getting started, buying appropriate used gear, resources in <ST1:pNorthern California</ST1:p, etc. would be incredibly helpful to me. I apologize in advance if I frustrate anyone due to lack of budget. Thank you to anyone who replies. <O:p</O:p JBC Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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