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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-05-2008, 11:04 AM
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advice on which board

Hey everybody hows it going? I'm in the market for a new board and was just curious what the snowboarding community here would recommend. This is my first post so please excuse any noobish mistakes. Info about me is as follows:

gender: male
age: 18
weight: 170lbs
boot size: 10.5 mens us
height: 5'11''
years snowboarding: 8
skill level: intermediate/advanced

I usually like to freeride, go fast, hit the steeps, go off into the trees, hit powder, and take a few runs through the park. Basically what I am looking for is a board that will hold its edge really well on all conditions, float in the powder, be stable at speed, go edge to edge quickly, be nimble and just be awesome to ride. Kind of a all mountain/freeride/backcountry board. Ideally it would be durable and tough, but I do not want a board that is so heavy it is tough to spin with. I have a dedicated park board (rome graft) so the new boards ability to ride in the park and do jibs is not a big deal.

I have been researching which board to buy for several months now and have tentatively narrowed it down to the following six as possible choices:

burton custom x
never summer premier
never summer heritage
rome anthem
k2 zeppelin
atomic alibi

I have read many reviews and have heard good things about all the boards, I am just unsure which one would suit me best. I am kinda leaning more towards the NS Premier, but nothing is certain. I am open to boards and brands not on my list, it is just from my research I picked these as the best candidates. I also don't really care what year the board is, so it doesn't have to be the newest version on the market. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
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