My 13 year old son wanted to get a snowboard for christmas. Not knowing if he would even like snowboarding, I didn't want to spend a fortune on one and then he wouldn't use it. This snowboard was a good price and it seems to be well made. The bindings are a heavy plastic so we'll see how long they last. But it seems to be a good board for a beginner, and if it turns out he really likes snowboarding we'll invest in a better one. But for the price and quality of this, I would recommend it for a starter board.
I bought this snowboard for my 12 - soon to be 13 year old son. He says it rides smoothly and is easy to control but wishes it had metal edging. Also the top binding is not strong enough to support his feet - it opens when he shuffles to the side. Considering the price we paid we are happy with the purchase. He will have fun with it this winter and will know if he likes snowboarding enough to invest in a higher grade board.