Gnu billy goat. magne for traction on ice and groomers. Damp and fast. narrow waist makes it super maneuverable and the c2 btx provides tons of float. This is what i ride and it will be my board for everything but pow when i get my pow stick.
you're recommending your billy goat when you yourself are getting another board as a pow board? that's inspiring!
Anyways, I'd say try a different board as it sounds the slack wasn't absolutely perfect for you. Maybe a board with just nose rocker would address your 'too-loose' tail?
Check out the Capita Charlie Slasher/Burton Barracuda or for a cambered pow board, the burton juice wagon or cheetah are options too.
Boards like the fish and hovercraft have little tail which some people don't like (like me!).
I'm surprised too that the gyrator is gone!