Big Mountain board for hiking around kicking horse and blackcomb type terrain
-2008 Burton Custom 156 with 2 degree edge bevel (regular camber) with Flux rk30s
-2010 Gnu Altered Genetics 159 (Full reverse camber, not hybrid) with Union Forces
Rider and Style:
Weight is 180 lbs, 5'11, 25 years old.
I live in Vancouver, BC and ride about 70 days/nights a year. I night ride a few times a week after work, ride most weekends. Last year I got 3 weeks off work for a roadtrip in the interior, and 4 weeks booked off for this coming season.
My Altered Genetics is great, but doesn't handle higher speeds and bigger terrain with it's full reverse camber, and isn't stiff enough when the westcoast pow gets really heavy.
I would still use my current boards for night riding and most resort riding and depending on who I was riding with, i'm looking for a board to use specifically for the big epic days.
I like varied double black terrain, steeps, chutes, trees, anything interesting to ride.
I'd be aiming to use this board at places like Kicking Horse (my favorite mountain), Revelstoke, Lake Louise, Baker, Red Mountain, Fernie, the backside of Mount Washington, and when hiking around Whistler and Blackcomb (bodybag, spankys, etc...).
I want something directional and on the stiffer side for dealing with heavy west coast pow, good for charging and stable landings in pow. Ideally it be maneuverable enough for dense trees. It will be for pow days or hiking to hunt pow on non-pow days, but it still has to work well in ice, crud and late season corn, and ideally be good for traversing.
I care more about riding and handling than pop and tricks. For airs it just needs to handle small cliffs, straight airs and grabs on med/large natural jumps, some 360s.
Boards I'm Considering:
These are very different boards, I'm open to any camber option and suggestions.
-Ride Berzeker or Highlife UL (leaining towards Highlife, the Ride camber sounds really interesting to me)
-Capita Charlie Slasher (would be good for pow, but would it handle crap well enough?)
-Jones Flagship (very interested, not sure if damp enough)
-Yes Pick Your Line
Thanks for your help,