Buying a Snowboard on a Budget
In our dream world we would all be able to buy the most expensive snowboards available. Unfortunately in reality most of us do not have that kind of budget to work with. If we could all afford them, the gawking at those “superior” snowboards on the slopes would not exist.
Since snowboarding has the ability to empty your pockets rather quickly if a strict budget is not in place, it is a good idea to cap your spending before you even get started. Sit down and write out exact amounts you are willing to spend on the board, boots, bindings, and other accessories. This is also a good time to ask yourself whether this will be a leisure past time or become more than just a hobby. You may have to adjust your budget accordingly.
Of course you do not want to pay too little and find out the snowboard breaks in a month, nor do you want to be scratching your head wondering where all that hard-earned cash disappeared to. It is important to do some research on different brands and styles, so you know what kind of snowboard you will need for your riding style. Try to get the most out of your buck without sacrificing quality. Typically, never buy something on impulse because likely you could find a better deal elsewhere. If it is possible stop at your local snowboard shop and demo boards before you buy. Often times there are special days during the season that shops allow the customers to try it before you buy it.
When working on a tight budget, understand that you will have other expenses with snowboarding, such as bindings, boots, apparel, and other accessories. Assess which items are more important than others and adjust accordingly. Obviously spend more money on the board, bindings, and boots because this is what gets you down the slopes safely. If one of these are low quality then it could directly affect your riding ability as well as the safety of yourself and others around you.
When buying a snowboard on a budget be sure to do plenty of research on the quality of boards, the different brands and styles. Have a friend who is more of an expert on snowboards to come along with you, so that there is someone else to guide you with your decision. Be sure to shop around multiple stores, price compare everything you have an interest in and never buy something on an impulse.