Dear Dudes and Dudettes,
Here I go at it again and this post will be way too long, but I hope you have the patience to read all of it. I had decided what board to get but it turned out it would be to expensive after all so I’ll have some more time to consider and reconsider and overthink my options before the next sale starts after Christmas.
- Height: 187 cm/6'2"
- Weight: ca 84 kg/185 lbs in the nude, about 200-205 all geared up
- Boot: Nitro Team TLS 44/290/US11, no shrinkage tech
- Feet: Left foot ca 280 mm, right foot ca 285 mm
- Stance: Regular
- Bindings: Burton Cartel 12/13 size L, still unused. Had Union Flite size M/L before.
- Angles: Not decided yet. Started out with +15/-15, tried +12/-12 and +18/-9. I might go lower in angles and I’ll try positive angles too.
- Current board: Burton Blunt 159W from 2012 (never used with my Cartels). A reflection on this board is that it feels unstable and clumsy at the same time, whatever the reasons for that might be.
- Level: 10 days riding experience. I can (with an effort) link turns on a blue or red run but carving eludes me.
- Style: None, see Level above. But I absolutely love side-tracking mellow groomers and finding a few inches of pow among the trees where there is some. Park is not very interesting to me, rather I think I’m going to prefer using natural features as park features - rollers, small lips and so on. Steep, straight, broad groomers are fucking boring (and scary). However chopped up piste is what I'll mostly get, unfortunately. I feel quite uncomfortable riding fast - but I might blame (a cracked rib and) my current board just a little for that. If I’m to charge hard I want something a little more stable than a Blunt underneath me.
Something to factor in is that in February I’m going to Val Thorens for a whole week of full-time instructed snowboarding with UCPA. That means that if nothing unexpected happens (knock on wood) I should have progressed to become a fairly decent intermediate snowboarder by the end of the week.
The boards I’m considering
are, in approximate order of decreasing, uh, inclination for me to buy:
- K2 Raygun 161 (2013-2014)
- Rossignol Templar 158/159mw (2013-2014)
- Rossignol Angus 161 (2013-2014)
- Arbor Formula 161 (2014)
- Rome Tour 159 (2013-2014)
- Rossignol Taipan 158mw/160 (2014)
- Jones Mountain Twin 160/161w (2013-2014)
- Nitro Pyro 159 (2014)
- Arbor Coda 160 (2014)
about the different boards then, and this is where it gets lengthy…
The K2 Raygun
is no 1 on my list but my main concern about it (and the Formula and the Tour) is the extruded base. Of course I don’t want to go ballistic but I want something that is fast and stable enough to take me through flat sections with dignity. I’m also a little worried about the edge grip of the Raygun. I’ve encountered snowment a few times and that wasn’t funny on my Blunt at least.
The Rossi Templar
seems like a pretty damn good board for a good price and even has a sintered base. 5S Magnetraction seems like a nice compromise, because I’m thinking perhaps it's not a good thing to get used to the feel of MT as a beginner. But I’m not sure about it being directional would be a good thing for me. Also not sure about the width - normal seems too narrow and wide too, er, wide. (Plus, it’s ugly.)
The Rossi Angus
might be a too advanced board for me but it's interesting because it seems like an extremely solid and versatile board so it's still on my list. Sintered base, ok price. But again with the waist (or rather, insert) width.
The Arbor Formula
is a “solid beginner board” according to several sources. But I’m thinking that perhaps I’ll outgrow it too quickly. And would it be a big enough improvement from the Blunt to justify the purchase?
The Rome Tour
gets good reviews but I’m wondering… People talk about it as an All Mtn-Freestyle board but it almost seems set up like a...jib board? It also seems very soft. Too similar to my Blunt (although flat camber)? I don’t know...
The Rossi Taipan
also seems like a good entry board and is apparently ok for higher level riders too. Sintered base and low price. But again with the Rossi waist widths. And it’s ugly. It has a fucking car on the topsheet. That in itself pisses me off so much I feel revulsion towards it. I hate cars.
I guess the last three boards in my list (like the Angus) aren’t really for me since they are for more advanced riders and some of them a little too expensive, but they have piqued my interest - especially the Angus and the Mountain Twin. They just seem like very, very solid All Mtn boards.
There. Now, please don’t suggest that I buy a Never Summer board. I’ve checked them out and dismissed them, partially because they cost an arm and a leg here in Europe, even on sale. In fact, please don’t advise me to buy any other board (model) than the ones I've listed above. Don’t make this even more difficult for me.
I told you this would be too long. Thank you for reading this far. I know I’m overthinking but I really, really want my next board purchase to be better than my first one (the Blunt).