hey man thanks for the reply...im def an intermediate rider ive prob only done 30+ days combined. I just really love snowboarding and probably shouldnt have been born in australia lol. i think im pretty good considering the hours ive ridden, just heard a lot of good things about lib tech, ive ridden the rocker camber hybrid and liked it and also know i dont like park thus needing a stiffer board. loads of ppl rave about the t rice , what issues do you have with it as far as an intermediate rider goes?
Just because you do not "like" park, it does not mean you need a crazy stiff board like the T. Rice. I'm telling you bro, you want a nice, middle of the road flexing board. It will be soooo much more pleasurable to ride and you will have much more fun. I made this very mistake in my 4th year of riding, when I picked up a 166 Arbor A-frame, an extremely stiff, cambered, long freeride board that really inhibited my riding progression. Then I got the T. Rice in a 161.5 and it was good, but something more flexible would have been better. Now I ride a 157 NS proto, which would be considered a flexible park oriented board but it does amazing as an all mountain stick and I can carve better on that board than any casual rider on a stiff deck.
The T. Rice is built for big cliff drops, huge jumps and crazy steeps/powder. Going off of Libs website is where many go wrong, and I feel that it is improperly advertised as a park board at all. If you think about it, the lib Dark Series is the most stiff board that Lib offers, and the T. Rice is just second to that. It is rated as a 6/7 (don't let the 153s 6 rating fool you... definitely more of a 7).
Yes, loads of people like the T. Rice. It is a good board, but it is an ADVANCED-EXPERT BIG MOUNTAIN FREESTYLE BOARD. The word freestyle does NOT mean that it is good to ride for a casual or even moderately aggressive rider. I've jest seen so many people on this site go with the T. Rice when there are many better options. I'm only telling you from experience man. A mid flex board will make you so comfortable, you will WANT to get into jumps and boxes because you will feel so confident. This is huge for your confidence, especially if you are in AU where the big mountain/powder opportunities are not widely available.
This will be the last time I will say it, but if you can return it, or sell it locally and go for a GNU riders choice or a TRS, you will be much happier. Neither would be considered a flexible board. Most reviews would label them as mid-stiff.
As for bindings, you don't want any sort of soft or middle of the road bindings for the T. Rice. You need a responsive binding that pairs with the board. Minimum of 6 on a 1 to 10 scale. I rode Burton CO2s with mine, then Prophecys but they are a bit to flexible and Cartels pair better (just for reference).