Snowboard Selection Help!
New to the forum and new to snowboarding and I am having a tough time choosing a new board after hours of scouring these forums and reading everyone's suggestions. I am 6'0" and 185lbs (11.5 boot size). This is my first year riding- I have a 2009 Burton Custom 157w w/ Custom bindings that I learned to ride on. I'm able to get down black diamond runs in CO fine and have no issues carving hard, etc., but living in the Midwest I've found myself enjoying jumps/park more and more.
Basically I am looking for a board that is more playful than the Custom, better for jumps/boxes, more forgiving than camber when landing jumps, but still will do well on groomers. Realistically it is going to be a while before I start trying rails, so I'm not concerned with that. I did a few runs with my buddy's Arbor Draft and the rocker feel felt sweet, but I still think I'd be happiest with a hybrid profile and something a bit stiffer since I'll be about 50/50 groomers/park.
One's I've been focused on based on reading through the forums:
NS Proto CT/CTX
Gnu Riders Choice
Lib Tech TRS
Can anyone comment on how the above boards compare in flex and which one(s) might best fit me? I am really leaning towards the NS Proto, love the graphic and carbonium top sheet, and I hear it has great pop for jumps. Also, if I choose the Proto I'm unsure of the size I need, 154 or 157? I hear it rides longer due to the blunted tips... with a 11.5 boot will I need the wide version? My custom is 25.8cm at the waist and I don't have any toe drag- the Proto CT 157 is 25.3 at the waist. Any and all suggestions are much appreciated!
Totally hooked on boarding, this forum is awesome, and I'm looking forward to progressing. Thanks guys/gals.