I have been riding for 8 or 9 years now and have had 3 boards. I currently ride a 2010 Rome Artifact 1985 in a 150 and I love it. I am slightly over 5'9'' and around 150-155lbs. Only problem is that I am more of a jumps person than a jibbing person. I'd say maybe 75% jumps, 25% jibbing. The flex is nice, but I lose control of my board, especially at higher speeds, and often bail on bigger sized jumps. I mainly ride park, especially out where I live in the Midwest(Chicago) area, but I also enjoy just cruising the mountain and going down some more aggressive black diamond type runs, as well as some backcountry and bowls, when I fly out west.
That being said, I am looking to get a new board for this season, especially since my Artifact cracked a bit on both ends last year. I havnt really ever looked too much into the board technology behind snowboards, nor have I kept up with board technology over the 2 years or so. I need some advice. Should I get a much stiffer board? Should I go up in size? Should I try going with a Camber board instead of a Rocker like my Artifact? Or should I try some Hybrid board? Will a stiffer/longer board make spinning or grabs harder? Will it be a lot different for jibbing as well?
Some brands I usually have liked in the past are: Burton, Capita, DC, Rome, Lib Tech, Ride, Stepchild. I personally have only owned Burton and Rome boards, but am down to try something new.
Some boards I have taken an interest in currently:
2014 DC Mega, 2014 DC Lauri Pro, 2014 Rome Postermania, 2014 Rome Agent
Some of my friends have recommended:
Various Burton boards, 2014 Rome Ultrafear, 2014 Capita Horrorscope (I know this one is a bit more flexy though)
One more thing I almost forgot to add is price. The price level of most of these boards is pretty much in the same range, other than the Rome Agent being slightly higher in price. I know that Burton and Lib Tech, as well as some other brands, get a bit more pricey than your average board. If it could be possibly to stay in the "under $500" that would be great. Of course the less money I need to spend the better.
Can someone help me choose between these boards for my type of riding, or give me advice on maybe some other boards out there? I personally really like the DC Mega and DC Lauri Pro, I actually almost purchased a Mega last year but they went out of stock in my size. I know some of the other brands are more reputable when it comes to board technology though.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!