Help me pick my Never Summer Board!
Boot size 10
Location of riding Southern California (Mammoth, sometimes Big Bear), Colorado (usually Breck)
Riding style I probably fall squarely in the advanced (though not expert) riding category; I've been doing it for about 15 years, but I never really push the envelope to the extremes. I usually ride with friends of lower skill/risk level, so I generally carve my own path in nearby foliage or hit a black steep/mogul run. I enjoy riding the groomers for speed as well, and I make the occasional venture to a bowl when there is one available. I'll hit a natural jump/spin once in a blue moon, but I never make a conscious effort to do any freestyle riding.
I have a bit of brand loyalty to Never Summer, as I have owned and ridden a Carbon VMAX Wide for over a decade now; I'd definitely like to stick with one of their boards. There are three on my radar, and this is where you guys come in:
155 Never Summer Heritage: This is the top contender right now. My research suggests that my relatively eclectic riding style as a one board kind of guy makes this a natural choice. The only fear I have here is that its designation as an All Mountain board means that it won't really be anything memorable compared to the other options.
159 Never Summer Premier F1: I visited a snowboard shop in CO last weekend to get some advice from one of the guys there, and this is what he recommended. The biggest problem I see with it is the 159 length; I am not tall, my current board is a 155, and I have the vague sense that the extra length has the potential to get me into trouble during tree riding and moguls.
156 Never Summer Raptor: When I first started looking, this was my favored choice; I really like the promise of handling well at high speeds for groomers, steeps, and bowls. My main concern is that the reviews I have read suggest that turn initiation is much more difficult due to the Big Mountain nature of the board, and I worry how that will affect me in the trees and riding on bumps.
Please let me know if I haven't provided enough information or done enough research on my own. Any help is greatly appreciated!