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EQUIPMENT - SETUP 101
Loon has the latest and greatest in Burton LTR equipment. We will set you up with the perfect tools to make your LTR lesson fun and eventful...you'll be ripping turns before you know it! A snowboard, boots, and bindings are typically referred to as a “setup.” Below you will find info on a typical Burton setup that we will gear you up with...think of it as your first lesson!
||THE LTR BOARDS Burton’s board built specifically for beginners. The catch-free confidence booster. Burton's Easy Rider™ technology provides a soft flex and a convex base that is ideal for inexperienced riders. More than a few have started linking turns on the LTR. The LTR boards has an Ultra-soft torsional flex profile to help you initiate turns. It’s got deep sidecut to pull you into a natural carve, long transition zones for easy turns, and a 3-degree edge bevel to prevent hard falls.
Get them ripping from day 1 with catch-free turned up edges and an uber-soft flex that's easy to control.
||YOUTH PROGRESSION BOOT|
Quick and easy – the way kids’ boots were meant to be. Put them on the in the morning, and they won’t think about them until they have to take them off to get into bed. These boots are built to encourage riding performance as much as they are comfort and support.
||PROGRESSION LOWSTACK II|
Easy in the shop and easier on the hill. Easily adjustable with all the response you need from Burton's legendary bindings. Effective? Yes. Comfortable? Of course.
Want to get your own gear? Here are some tips on picking out your first setup...
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BOARD
Want to feel comfortable walking into your local shop to pick out the perfect board? Arm yourself with knowledge. Read on and you'll know exactly how even the most experienced riders choose their shred sticks!!
1) Your board should be as narrow as you can get away with for your boot size.
2) Standing on end, your board should come somewhere between your chest and your eyes, depending on your riding style.
3) You should flex the board, eyeball the core profile and keep in mind how the stiffness affects the overall ride.
4) Ok, now you can look at the graphics...you have to look good too right?!
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BOOTS
Since warm, comfortable feet are essential to having a good time on the hill (as well as skipping circles around those skiers in the resort parking lot), many riders consider boots to be the most important choice when building their setup. As a beginner, your boots will be easier to pick out than your board, because you already know what size to get. But don’t skimp here! Read on to find out how to keep your dogs from biting.
QUICK BOOT TIPS
1) Use discrimination when shopping for boots. Happy feet = happy snowboarders.
2) Pull out the liner and check quality.
3) 1:1 Lasting is good. It means that every whole and half size liner has a matching whole and half size boot shell.
4) Make sure your boots fit, and fit well. Strap in and jump around. Check for pressure points and heel lift. Comfort is key!
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BINDINGS
Your bindings are the third component of your setup and, regardless of whether you choose traditional strap bindings or go with a step-in system (“SI”), serve as your connection to the board. They should do their part to create a seamless interface translating into comfortable, fluid control. Bindings are designed to be fully adjustable in order to complement a variety of boot shapes, flex and tightness preferences and stance options.
QUICK BINDING TIPS
1) Shop for bindings after you’ve chosen your boots. The fit of your binding directly relates to how the two components work together as an interface. Our boots and bindings love each other!
2) Features should help you dial in your fit. If they don’t, they shouldn’t be there.
3) Adjust your hi-back, straps and gas pedals. Nothing stands out in the lift-line to experienced riders more than improper binding setup.
HINTS BEFORE THE HILL
1) Try before you buy. Snowboarding is all about feel. It’ll take you a while to figure out your personal style, so rent, demo product and see what works for you.
2) Find a balance of quality and what you can afford, and you’ll be riding all season, skipping work and considering moving to the mountains for the winter. Go too cheap, and you might actually convince yourself skiing is more fun.
3) It’s ok to strap into your new setup and jump around the living room. We’ve all done it!!
Live Free & Ride!