Does anyone have any thoughts about or experience with this board? I'm looking at the Salomon XLT with Salomon Caliber bindings and Malamute boots (or maybe the F4.0). This is the setup that Salomon seem to recommend and I also like the idea of a one-stop shop.
I had a Salomon LOFT from the 2008-2009 range for years which I got really attached to but alas the edge and flex past the points of no return. It was fast, light, versatile, solid, had a great base, had flex between the feet but longitudinal stiffness, great edge hold and I know it's not a powder board but I found it pretty good really as long as I put the weight on the back foot.
To be honest I would just go and buy a new one but they don't make it anymore. I read with interest The Good Ride's review of the Salomon XLT and noted the fact they said it was a lot like the LOFT:
Salomon XLT Snowboard Review
This sounds good to me. I've done some digging on the internet but don't find as much information about this board as I would have hoped. I did like what these guys had to say too:
A Week at Whistler: Gear Highlights
Buy Snowboards Salomon Snowboards XLT Snowboard 2012
About me: I mainly carve, use the edges of the board and I like wide slopes and big turns, speed in good conditions, some freeriding, I go off the sides and play in the powder when I can. I don't do any tricks or jumps or go near the park or pipe and generally like to keep the board on the ground
I'm a pretty solid rider I guess; probably intermediate-advanced depending on how you look at it seeing as I don't do any fancy stuff or freestyle.
Some more background: right now I have a Burton Vapor with Prophecy bindings from last season which I got at a very good price. I know it's a good board and highly rated but I just don't love it like I thought I would. It is great when conditions are good but just falls to pieces in my view in choppy or hard conditions and/or later in the day when the skiers have churned up the pistes. I tried a Custom and it was fine but a bit dull and a Custom X but that thing was like a tank. I'm also a bit tired of Burton who are just shoved in your face everywhere in Switzerland and I also don't like the channel system - for some reason I find this really fiddly to adjust as opposed to the common four-screw system. I definitely need new boots anyway so I thought all in all, why not look for something else.
Thanks for any input!