Hey ladies and gents of much snowboarding knowledge, I'm in need of some help choosing a board for next season(maybe for the remainder of this season if I get too anxious
) that is great for riding in powder and trees, as these areas have become my favorite things to do my first season living here in Colorado, but is still a joy to ride around on the groomers or kicker lines if it's one of those kinda days. I've been looking around A LOT, 'researching' ones that seem to fit my bill and mostly reading a lot of what you all have said about particular boards.
This board will
be a quiver board so it doesn't have to be THE greatest all mountain board ever created, I'm actually leaning toward a few powder designed boards that do well on piste, to give you some reference point of what is going through my head. And with that in mind I have the boards I was primarily considering with my beliefs/concerns about them for you to debunk or confirm.
If you don't want to read any of that ^^^ just start hear and lemme know what you think is a good pow/tree board that is fun for all-day use too
(2014-for the improved tip and tail)
-Pure rocker so good float expected and I've never owned a pure rocker so it'll be good to get used to riding one and having one for when it is called upon
-Is float actually good enough to spend a lot of time strictly riding powder?
-Does The System provide as good edge hold as Arbor claims? I've seen differing views on this and am coming from boards with edge hold for days so it is a concern of mine.
(2014-same as up there^^^) -- I wear a size 12 boot so may need to go with the mid-wide Roundhouse
Pretty much the same as above except I still don't know for sure which board, Coda or Element/Roundhouse, is actually stiffer. Arbor says the Coda has a better chance in sidecountry and whatnot but most of what I've heard people say is that the Coda is softer and more playful than the Element/Roundhouse.
GNU Billy Goat
-- probably not gonna go with this but it was still on my list
-Everyone and their mother loves this board
-The C3 Camber Profile --I know that sounds contradictory to what I just said above about rocker but, hey, everyone
is stoked on this board.
-Is Magne-Traction actually too grippy
-- again, after more speculation, I have started to not consider this board that much but a lot of people really like it so maybe you'll have something to say about it.
-great float even with camber
-camber makes it good for still running around the groomed runs if it comes down to that
-too fast(is that a thing?) I don't think I'll be able to whip through the trees as fast as this thing will want me to.
-Maneuverability, think I'll need a slightly longer board if I get the flagship
-does it still have topsheet issues? most people have said that it is not a problem, just making sure.
(2014-didn't Jones switch away from Nidecker this year?) also for only $450!!!!! compared to the other boards listed
-short, surfy feel, maneuverable
-still has camber under feet so I've heard and seen it's not bad at all if you end up on a groomer(definitely a quiver board but I'm totally fine with that in the case of this board)
-nothing really pertaining to the board except that this is for sure the most niche-board on this list
If you're still reading, I hope I didn't bore you too much and thanks for your time. Help out if you can and if you've got any binding suggestions for the board you support that'd be awesome too; if you're thinking sorta the same thing I am about a more powder designed board, don't worry about thread jacking or asking about other decks and ask your questions! I like to see what the guys and gals on here have to say about this stuff.
Arbor Coda, Arbor Element/Roundhouse, GNU Goat, Jones Flagship, or Jones Hovercraft?