With all the sales at DOG etc. and not much exciting new technology for 2013 (at least so far). I am considering picking up one of the 2012 boards if I can get a good deal.
- Good intermediate (not expert) all-mountain rider
- Riding profile: all-mountain charging (runs and back country) typically with lots of pow (I board mostly in Japan), some jumps (both natural and kickers) and some pipe (hope to do more of that); no rails/other park/etc. at all
- like to ride switch, spin, slalom through trees; not so interested in jibbing and buttering all over the place
- 5'9" and 150-155lbs
- shoe size 10+, so ideally want 25.5cm waist width (or close to it)
For the last couple of seasons my primary board has been a 159 Skate Banana, which has gotten me from beginner/intermediate to good intermediate but which I find a bit limiting these days (a bit too soft and not very poppy).
I love the Magnetraction and what Mervin does, so I am inclined to go for another Lib-Tech board. Looking at the 2012 line-up, the obvious choices seem to be (mostly because of C2 Power/Enhanced Banana):
- 157 TRS ($330 on sale)
- 157 T. Rice Pro ($320 on sale, $420 for the HP version)
- 157 Banana Magic ($420 on sale)
Maybe also the Attack Banana.
The TRS and T Rice are well known and much discussed here, the Banana Magic and Attack Banana not so much. Here is what I have got from various sources:
- TRS: softest and most playful of the boards in the list, but still stiff enough for charging
- T. Rice Pro: stiffer and less playful than the TRS, more of a board to charge and go big
- Banana Magic: also stiff but quicker edge-to-edge than the T. Rice, Mervin rep says it is the best powder board among these, lots of other tech but not sure of the specific benefits
Suffice to say I am confused. Am I missing anything important in the above? Your advice much appreciated.