Yahoo Auction in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountry Posted November 20, 2013 I didn't realise I had any replies on this thread and thought nobody cared about me! but I was wrong. Thanks everyone for your help, you guys rock! What I ended up doing in the absence of your advice (ok so really it was ignorance or blindness because the advice was here all along) was buying a factory second from the US and having it delivered to my address in Niseko. It's a Burton Process (162), yeop completely and utterly mainstream, I know. But I have no experience and haven't tried anything myself so went with a general crowd pleaser, for a first board I think it will be great. I love it already and we haven't even met. With regards to boots, I got super dooper lucky beyond my wildest dreams and a friend of a friend from my small home town had a pair of barely used Burton rulers that fit me like a glove. For bindings I ordered second hand contact pros (2011-2012) from over east and now all I have remaining to do is get a converter plate so they fit my channel board. I know this isn't ideal but at my level I don't think I'll notice the performance retardation by the introduction of the converter. So no Sapporo stop for me! straight to the snow! Thanks again everyone for your help, I'll try to get off the Burton trail because I know there is a lot more out there. Hope to see you all on the slopes!