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Board recommendations for old man! Demo search??

Hello! Hoping you all can confirm some of my research I've been doing in the last month.

If anyone is from Michigan & they can direct me towards a shop that does demos OR a resort, then that would be great too. I missed the demo day at Crystal mt by one day on our vacation, bummed me out! Not having any luck finding a good demo sourse. I'm in the Metro Detroit area & board in the Boyne upper michigan area.

Weight 185 JUST me!
Height 5'10"
Boot size wear a 10/10.5 shoe, most likely I'll buy a 10.5/11 boot-I've found a bit larger boot helps keep my foot warmer.
Riding style we board in Michigan, so riding groomed & icy hills is 99% of the year
Age 48-still in great shape-P90X for 4 years running & 11 years of constant working out
budget I'm hoping to get last years models to save some cash
Location of riding Michigan

I started out riding back in the mid 80s. No bindings on first board & my last board was a 1989 Burton Cruise. Road it for several years in Michigan and out west, only to stop skiing & boarding when my kids arrived in the mid 90s. Took the kids skiing a few years ago & just rented some skis. Was amazed at the advancement in tech with skis, tore up all the hills. I know that the boards have come even further, so I'm excited to get a great new board to ride. My kids started switching to boarding last season & now everyone is boarding. So, I bought everyone boards this year & I thought it was time to stop renting for myself too.

I'd say I'm a intermediate boarder. No park stuff, maybe the odd jump AFTER being baited by my teenagers! I just want something that will allow me to advance & that will allow me to control my turns on groomed hills & ice.

I've read and researched till I'm blue in the gills. Having owned a couple Burtons, I was set on staying with them. However, after some research, it seems that there is other great technogies that might be as good or better for me.

Length- was thinking 159-162
Rocker or Hybrid??

The GNU Carbon Credit was a consideration.

The LIB TECH SKATE BANANA, which has some of the same tech as the GNU

Burton Blunt

Those are few of the boards I was considering. FIgure there are dozens more that would fit me & figured you all could recommend some of those.

I'll be honest, I've done very little research on boots and bindings. Seems the strap in/clicker bindings give the most support & will likely go with that. Boots? No idea!

thanks for any help...Kevin

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