I've ridden a Kessler alpine board with plate binding... that thing is a serious speed machine, it is FAST, it is DAMP, it has ridiculous edgehold - try asking on BOL
as a bunch of people there have them. The last three Olympic gold and silver medalists were on Kesslers.
Does Kessler even make boards for softbooters? oh I guess the BX model (I would definitely call them up and talk to them before making any purchases). Sorry Kirkrider, the A-Frame is a fine board... but it is steak knife compared to the katana-like Kesslers. I hope that analogy make sense... steak knives are useful and used by a lot of people... where as a katana is an zenith of craftsmanship... but not very useful if all you want to do is eat steak
Yeah they started making something called The Ride this year. Designed to be a free-ride board with the same tech as the BX and alpine boards. They're not cheap, at $1300, but I get a lot of use out of my boards and can justify the money.
Although not listed on that page because they're sold out, they do also have 163s that should work for me. Almost identical waist width to the T7 159 I'm riding now.
The only trouble is the Canadian distributor is in Ontario and I'm out in Alberta. I could have my buddy go check it out, but I'd rather at least have my hands on one before purchasing, and I still haven't read any rider reviews of them. The few online magazine reviews of them are glowing, but I'd rather hear it out of a fellow average riders mouth.
Also, I'm not 100% sure but I thought the T7 was supposed to be a fair bit stiffer than the A-Frame. I love the T7 at the moment, and the only reason I'm looking at replacing it is it was damaged when I moved. Cracked topsheet. I realize there's no wood core to worry about being damaged by water intrusion, but I don't think the aluminium honeycomb would take to kindly to it either. It's not open at the moment, only a hairline crack, but I'd like to have a succession plan for my board for when it does go! lol
Thanks for the comments lonerider, I haven't read a bad review of a Kessler product yet, and the podium results should speak for themselves, but I'm hoping their only non-competition aimed model actually got the same goodness as their other boards.