I currently ride an older 2008 Gnu Carbon High Beam. This was before it had magnetraction and BTX, so it's just a regular camber board.
I want a board that is:
- Faster than my current board.
- Can make quick edge to edge carve, able to do quick directional changes.
- Doesn't feel all noodly/squirrely on uneven terrain over random mounds of snow.
- Holds a good edge on hard pack snow.
- Relatively floaty for powder days.
I would consider myself a intermediate-advanced rider, finally getting comfortable with doing all black runs this past season.
I understand that the Mod Rocker is also a park board which I haven't done as much but will likely try to get into it. I mostly stay on groomers with some occasional short trees runs.
I was going to grab Burton Custom board to help me progress further in the next season but I heard good things about the Rome Mod Rocker and that it was better value for the money so I was wondering what your thoughts are. Would this board be too advanced for me?
* Faster than your board: just get a Sintered base and wax it regularly. Most sintered are fast enough, adequate waxing is what makes the big difference.
* Quick edging: I would say anything with some camber, if it's got carbon stringers all the better.
* Not noodly: Anything past 5/10 flex; also the stringers help. Camber underfoot is really good, and so is flat camber.
* Holds a good edge on hardpack: anything with Magnetraction; camber and flat camber underfoot are also decent.
* Relatively floaty: Flat camber is really good. Also anything with some rocker, especially on the nose. Stiffer than 6/10.
It seems the rocker/flat/rocker Rome mod fits the bill...... but I wouldnt say it has better value than the Custom. They cost almost the same price, and I really don't think Rome makes anything of better quality or tech than Burton, espcially if you want EST bindings.
More boards to consider (although they aren't exactly 'park' boards):