Swapping old camber board for CRC?
Have been trawling through this site, manufacturers pages, you tube reviews and old board mags and have worked myself up into a froth over getting a new board for a trip to Canada that I have booked for Feb next year. I must admit that I am a bit baffled by the technology in current snowboards but I really like the sound of the Lib Tech, Gnu all mountain profiles and am keen to try something new. However the more I dig, the more confused I am getting and the more the possible list grows.
I currently ride a 2003 Option Signature 158 which is stiff all mountain freestyle board that I bought near the end of the season I spent in Morzine, Avoriaz in 2003. At the time I bought it I really regretted it as I had sold on my beloved 2003 Burton Custom 158 to help buy it for the sole reason that the Option was a bargain in the end of season sale and I had put a nasty gash in the base of the custom down to the core which I had repaired in a local board shop.
To my horror, by comparison with my custom the option lacked pop and speed and it felt wider which made it more difficult to turn. It was made slightly worse by the fact my housemate who had bought the custom was now shooting to the moon off every kicker we hit as I had done when I rode the board.
I have since realised that the Option needed several good waxings as the base had dried out having been left in the humid shop for months. It also needed to be ridden much harder than the Burton to make it perform. I am used to it now but for me it still isn't as lively or as good a board as the Burton, especially when I try and throw it around off jumps. Maybe I'm just not heavy enough for it?
I am 36yrs old 5'10 weigh 147lbs and have size 10 boots (US) but my boots are Salomon which have quite a small overall footprint. At the time I bought my old camber boards I was right in the middle of the weight range and didn't struggle with the sizes on or off piste (apart from the slight width issue on the option). I have been riding for the last 20 odd years (for a week each year with the exception of a season spent in the French Alps) and I am a confident all mountain rider who can do a few spins.
Given the amount of time I have to ride, I take whatever I can get and ride all over the place. In a new resort that I have never been to I am likely to stick reasonably close to the marked runs and maybe go for a few runs through the park.
I am leaning towards getting something from the Lib Tech of Gnu line up. I almost bought a lib tech TRS 157 in the sale last week before I started to look at prices of new 2014 boards in Whistler where I will be going. The prices are identical if not slightly less than the UK sale price of the 2013 TRS I saw!
Then I looked more at the T Rice, Then at the Rider's Choice, then at the Banana Magic. Then someone mentioned the Rossignol one magtek.
I don't think I can get over my preconceptions of rossignol as a ski manufacturer after I rode one of their early tin man boards years ago and it sucked massively (though the quality of hire equipment in Europe was at an all time low then).
So here is the main problem. I have no way of trying out a new board before I buy it as I live nowhere near anywhere I can demo one and there seem to be limited stockists in the UK for Lib Tech. Given the difference in price, I think I might try and buy when I get to the resort and 'sly' it back in my board bag so the nice men at customs and excise don't charge me another 20% VAT plus import duty!
Secondly, given what I have read it seems like loads of you guys are riding really short boards for your weight compared to me and this seems to be down to the CRC profile of some of the new boards. This appeals to me as I had a 1999 152 Burton custom before the 158 which was good fun for freestyle at the time but is a nightmare to ride now (yep I still have it) as it has turned into a noodle! I have no idea what size board to get as I have no experience of a board of this type.
The main reason for getting a new board for this trip is that I am unlikely to get the chance to go to Canada again for a very long time and I want to make the most of it, I don't want to go thinking that my board is holding me back. I am confident riding fast and switch, like messing around on the nose and I want something high performance that pops like my old Burton 158, is quick edge to edge and is nice and light and fun enough to throw around in the odd 360 (I have never landed more than a 360).
Any help or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated