Nivek, it's hard to take your anti-Lib Tech / GNU post seriously. For boards that handle the glades well, and can still be all mountain, check out:
Lib Tech - Banana Magic, TRS, Travis Rice - there is Dark Series but it's stiff
GNU - one brand I've never jumped on
Yes - Optimistic or Big City
Ride - High Life
K2 - Turbo Dream, K2 Slayblade (little stiff)
Burton - Custom X - you going 60? That board is fun, but stiff
Never Summer - Heritage
As far as the Mervin stuff, I have yet to ride a board, more fun, for my riding style than the Travis Rice. I have heard I need to jump on a Banama Magic. Several in this forum have said for a groomer board, they haven't ridden anything more fun (believe Leo mentioned that).
If it were me, knowing you were East Coast riding, looking to bomb groomer but still want some play, I would pick up last years Banana Magic. You can get it for $480 brand new at a lot of stores, and avoid the $699 price tag. The only thing that changed was the top sheet, and last year's was better IMO anyway.
The second board would be the Heritage on that list. Super damp, very thick and beefy board, but lighter than an SL because of that Carbonium system. And the vario grip is very good. You can mach on that board, but still have some flex so you don't feel like you are super stiff.
I ride a lot like you do. I like speed, and then as it gets chopped up in the afternoon, I start hitting the trees and natural features. If there is powder, I definitely want to ride that so I like some rocker in the board. So for me, the Travis Rice was it. But knowing you want to push 60 on groomers, the Magic might be the step up you are looking for. The Rice has enough free style features to keep me content when the groomers are chopped to hell.
Last edited by Nolefan2011; 08-10-2011 at 11:28 AM.