It really depends what your doing. I have a Never Summer Assault for downtown ripping, can ollie, kickflip and 180 on it which is super fun, its the perfect all around board. I also have a Sayshun Polar for downhill and freeriding with 82a wheels. If you ever intend on sliding and riding switch then you might consider getting a twin board like my Sayshun, theres lots of them out there... a stiffer thicker board will feel stable at good speeds and slide pretty well. If your just casually cruisin slopes and pushing around that Norad would be great. My NS is super sweet and they are a rad company to support.
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Damn, I didn't even look at the Assault, that thing is pretty sweet! Seems like it would be really good for cruising and carving, while it will also allow me to do some other stuff once I get comfortable on it, which might even wind up saving me from having to buy another board farther down the road. What type of hardware are riding? I checked Daddies Board Shop and I can pick one up for about $200 with NS 72mm wheels, Bones Reds bearings, and Randall R II trucks. Seems like apretty good deal to me.
I think I have pretty much settled on a NS board. The company is cool as shit, they make sick snowboards, so I am thinking going with them for my longboard is a logical choice.