Lib Tech vs GNU vs NS vs Burton
I really need some expert advice on which board to buy.
Type of Riding: Freeride(I will never go into the park)
Location: North East (Toronto)
I just started riding this year and really really enjoy it. I am fortunate enough to be married to a former ski and snowboard instructor. I am looking at a new board for myself (I am presently riding my wife's 6 year old GNU 153). I realize that all of the boards I am considering are beyond my skill level but I want to get something that will last me a number of years and that I can grow into. I ride on groomers and we never get powder like in BC, etc.
Unfortunately I cannot demo some of the boards that I am considering. I am looking for help on choosing one of these boards and the best size. The 4 boards and sizes I am considering:
1. GNU Altered Genetics (155 - the 159 would be waaay to big for me);
2. Lib Tech TRS BTX (not sure if the 154 or 157 would be better and I think the T.Rice might be too stiff);
3. Never Summer SL-R (155 - again I think the 158 would be too big for me); and'
4. Burton Custom (156).
Thanks in advance