Hi all, I'm glad I found this forum, lots of great discussions here. Spent a good few hours reading through stuff via searches. I still have some questions that wasn't answered elsewhere only because everyone's situation and preference is different... So I'd appreciate some advice:
I started boarding in 2001. So it's been 12 years. Used to go every weekend when I started, but these days, it's a few times a season.
Here's the essential info:
Location: 95% spent in Northeast: Vermont (Mt. Snow, Stratton, Sugarbush, Killington, etc.), NY (Hunter).
Style: 95% Groomed Trails, many times with ice or really hard packed snow. Almost never go to the park, maybe a few jumps, but these days, I'm really about the thrill of the speed going down, carving and using the whole width of the path, and just enjoying the scenery. I use both edges, comfortable on both edges, almost never flat ride it, always on an edge even if going straight I alternate heel and toe. I guess this is called "Freeride" style? Normally on fast blues and blacks. I don't see much powder (used to take trips to Canada or West, but I'm guessing once a season or two nowadays). I ride directional, almost never switch, so don't need a twin tip board.
Weight: 130 lbs
Age: Late 30s
Binding Angles: Both front facing +24 front, +12 back
Shoe/Boot Size: US 10
153cm Burton Clash (2002)
Drake F-60 Bindings Medium Size, Yellow/Black (2001 or 2002?)
Salomon F22 Boots (2009 or 2008?)
Basically I'm riding with same gear I bought my second season out in 2002. First season I rented, then got a Burton Cruzer, then sold it and got what I have now. (Except boots, I upgraded a few years ago because the old one broke and also pinched/hurt my heels.) So now I'm looking to upgrade the gear. What I want from new gear:
1) Be able to ride stable and fast (my style of riding), quick response board so that I can make turns quickly and stop quickly. Again, I ride on the edges, heel and toe even if going in a relatively straight path down.
2) Keep what I like about my current setup, just update it with 10 more years of technology?
--> What I like about current setup: 1) Bindings are response and the stiffness is good. 2) I like the high back, makes it quick to turn and go where I want to go. 3) Boots are very comfortable and I'm not changing it.
--> What I don't like about current: 1) I want a toe strap on bindings that cover the toe and push it back towards heel. Mine just straps to the top, so I put it at the edge of the toe. This is to get the back of my boots tight against the high back for the control/response I like. I normally have to tighten a second time after strapping in and riding for a minute to get it snug and tight the way I like. 2) I board feels a bit heavy, I want something that's a bit more maneuverable, quick turning, i.e. not be afraid to go down moguls.
So I punched in my preferences on the Burton snowboard selector and it spits out Custom Flying V in 148. I change parameters a little bit and it's always the #1 choice according to them... And just happened to find a great deal on the 2013 Custom Flying V, so I didn't really think much and ordered it. Now I'm wondering if that was the right choice (it's not a traditional camber board, but I think that's what is best for my style, right? At least it's directional.) I’m not dead set on a Burton board, but
At that time, I was told to get the best bindings I can afford, so the Drake F-60s I believe were top of the line back then and I really liked the stiffness and response. What bindings are equivalent to those now? Seems like everything I research are flexible bindings (e.g. hinges on bindings that make it move laterally??). I’m not sure I’d like that. I want them stiff so that whatever force I transmit through my boots, the board responds right away… I guess I have an ICS Board, so I need to get EST. Or, if I can’t find anything worth buying now, keep the old Drakes and get an adapter plate to use with the ICS…
Again, recently updated and I find them very comfy and I can get it tight on the foot portion and slightly loose on the calf portion just the way I like it, so I’m keeping the boots.
Thanks in advance!
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