As you flip through the channels, you realize that after 300 channels there is nothing on TV that is sparking your interest. In fact, you determine that others on TV are living life, while you are merely watching it. You glance over to the window...it's snowing!
After you peel yourself away from the leather couch, you make your way to the garage and notice your snowboard. There it is, just staring at you, begging to be ridden down a mountain at speeds faster than you can channel surf or than your personal webpage loads. But wait...where will you go? It has been two seasons since you have boarded. Below we will provide a systematic process on how to find that perfect snowboard package.
Follow these below steps and your heart will be racing with adrenaline in no time.
First: Gear Up!
Determine whether you still have the appropriate gear. There's nothing worse than hitting the mountain only to find out you lost a glove or your bindings are destroyed. If you are missing some gear, no worries; that's what packages are all about. So, you realize that you have gained an inch in your right foot and put on another 15 pounds, making your equipment, regardless of the completeness, unusable. Give it to your little brother; you will be cool for a week or so.
Second: What Day Is It?
Chances are, if you want to snowboard on or near a holiday, you'll have to take a close look at your checkbook first to see what you can afford. Preparation is key here; again, the snow is coming down and we want to move on our plan as quickly as possible. If you know that you have some time coming up, plan accordingly and let us upgrade your equipment with an effective snowboard package.
Third: Pros and Cons of Renting
Remember, there are two sides to every coin. The pros of snowboard packages are that you can get everything you need to be soaring down that mountain with little effort, thinking or planning for a great price by the best equipment vendors in the sport. You can just get up and go right now if you want. What are you waiting for? Oh...the cons. The cons are more visual than anything. If you want to make a fashion statement while battling nature and gravity, you may not get a second chance to walk the runway with your favorite color. Another thing to keep an eye out for is sizes. You want to remember to check that you are going somewhere with the right sizes, boots, and bindings available; otherwise, pain will be your neighbor for the next 3-5 days.
Fourth: Surfing the Information Superhighway
Get on that old Windows 2000 machine and know that once you are done ordering your equipment, you will be on your way to board down a mountain at speeds that would make a fiber optic stream of communications envious. One highly recommended site for snowboarders is The House. If The House is not where you want to shop, a myriad of different sites are available via Google or Yahoo search engine. Simply type in "Snowboard Packages"; many sites will pop up. Regardless of the company, the below steps remain the same.
Fifth: Ability Level
You want to determine what level snowboarder you are. Be honest, as the safety of yourself and others is impacted by your decision. There are three basic levels: beginner, intermediate, and expert. It's critical that you understand these ratings, as they relate to your equipment's flexibility. For example, beginner equipment is generally stiffer, yet the boots and bindings are softer.
Coupled with ability level, your style also determines the type of equipment that will help with your mission of a safe attempt to cruise a mountain. Most snowboarders are freestylists; these boarders may jump, grind, and practice for the X-games. Free riders generally go anywhere in the area such as cliffs, ravines, steeps, and backwoods trails.
Keeping in mind your style and ability, you will want your boots to match accordingly. The boots must be tight, which may be uncomfortable at first, but you get used to it. Furthermore, you must make sure that the boots do not allow any movement inside. The tools are to touch the front of the boot, while your heel is glued inside without having the ability to lift. Remember, stiffer boots are better for free riders, while soft boots are for the freestyles and beginners.
When you look at bindings, you want to keep in mind three things: style, comfort, and fit. The bindings should fit your boots tight and secure. The bindings should agree with your style of snowboarding, meaning they should offer the right amount of flexibility or stiffness. Finally, the bindings should feel comfortable when you strap yourself in, and should not cut into your foot at any point.
Ninth: Snowboard Length
Every vendor has different sizes for equipment, so you want to check out the website or specifications to determine your correct height or weight for any particular make of snowboard. A general rule of thumb is to stand next to the board and ensure that the board is between the nose and chin. The shorter board (i.e., the closer to the chin) is best for beginners, while the longer and higher board (i.e., toward the nose) is more appropriate for the experts or intermediate riders. If you are an expert, make sure that board is over the nose.
Tenth: Snowboard Width
Just as important as the height, the width has equal impact on your performance. You will want to ensure that your boots do not hang over the sides of the board, as you will create resistance and drag on the powder or ice. You also want to be certain that the boots are at or near the width of the board, but never over. Those with bigger boots may need to get a wider board.