Originally Posted by GreyDragon
I got the Banana Magic for all-mountain freestyle - jumps, spins, half pipe, switch, and still able to carve. No jibbing. I know it's on the agressive side of that type of riding but I absolutely love the ride! Incredibly fun, versatile board.
Riding is east coast hard pack/ice. Primarily groomers, and laps in the park through the pipe and kickers. Definitely love magne-traction as a result.
I got the TRice after riding at Whistler last season. While the Magic was quite capable, I wanted something with more stability for charging, but that I could still ride switch.
I got the longer length in both boards for the rare occasions when I could find powder on a trip out west.
Again, to summarize:
Size 9 boots
Thoughts? Keep what I've got? Alternatives?
BTW, my boot size went down from a 10 to a 9 last season, FWIW. I don't know how my body changed to do that, but it did.
(Had to get new boots!)
Well, the good news is that the Magic seems to be working for you. At the end of the day, general rules will only go so far - conventional wisdom might say that it is a bit wide, but if you like it then I say it is just perfect!
But if you are still looking for some hard charging, slightly narrower boards, you could consider the Lib-Tech Dark Series or the Gnu Billy Goat, both also from the Mervin line-up. They have narrow waists (25.1 cm for the 158 Dark Series and 25 for the 159 Goat, both of which should be plenty long enough - but even if you were to upsize to the 161/162 the WW would only increase to 25.2/25.3) and shallow sidecuts, meaning that the board 'flares' out less towards the nose and tail.
Both are also stiff, hard charging sticks for freeriding. However, they are directional twins with slight setback (0.5"/0.75" respectively).