Burton Custom vs. Lib Tech TRS MTX vs. GNU Riders Choice MTX: Deck/Binding Suggestion
I'm gonna buy a new deck/set-up in the next week or so and am hoping to get a little insight/help in deciding what would be the best option and what people have ridden and would recommend, etc.
I would demo the boards but right now I could get madd deals on each of the decks and wouldn't have time to demo before they sold out, etc.
These are the boards I've narrowed it down to (and if anyone has any comparable recommendations...lay it on me). Also please please please don't try to push the reverse camber/rocker tech on me - I love me some camber...
in no particular order:
1) Burton Custom 156 w/ Cartel ESTs
(I demoed the custom x and it was waaaay to stiff, i hated it...the custom had a little bit of flex from my observations in the store and from what friends have told me and ridden)
2) Lib Tech TRS MTX w/ Ride Betas
154 or 157??
- I've heard the base on this board leaves a little to be wanting in the speed department True?False?
3) Gnu Rider's Choice MTX w/ Ride Betas
154.5 or 157.5??
note: is the MTX tech really all that? or does it grip too much?
I'm looking for an all mountain snowboard with some decent pop.
I'm 5'10" - 145lbs
I can spend @$500 on a deck @ $200 on bindings.
I mainly freeride...natural wall rides, kickers and drops are my jammy jams. Carving (true carving - like making smiley faces on the mtn) also feels like flying...
I do un poco park stuff mainly cause I'm muy weak juice in the park...but I'm looking to spend time progressing and gettin legit in the park sessions as well.
I've heard/read mixed stuff about the MTX (magne-traction) and that it rides a little "bigger" than the actual size so I wasn't sure if the 154 was gonna be to small or the 157s too big. Does it just "feel" bigger or does it actually support like longer board would.
I've never ridden anything smaller than a 155 since I retired my ancient Sims Search board many many years ago b/c I got bigger for one and when I'm really laying into a carve and depressing the camber the board would give out, and I've felt that the smaller board sizes are very unstable at high speeds and generally for the riding that I do. 156s and 157s in traditional boards have seemed to be the best of both worlds for me...long enough to be stable and not slide out, and short enough to still get twisty
Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated.
P.S - I rambled didn't i? Sorry.