A friend who is about 180cm tall & 77kg has ~ 1,200-1,500 days snowboarding advised me against it purely for the fact I would ride better on something a bit more forgiving. But I'm looking for advice that says otherwise cause the board is that good - I'm looking for some justification haha. (Note, he said the board was his favourite, so it IS a good board)
I feel your friend. It is
a great board, it's my favourite deck even tho I rode different ones most of last season. Ever driven a 911 on an empty highway? That's the FS on good maintained wide groomers. Stable as can be, fast, responsive, predictable, pure joy. Ever driven a 911 on a bumpy wood-track...?
I only recommend the board to ppl who realy are looking for such a specialized deck, e.g. as part of a quiver, for the pow days in deep and steep, and the days when groomers are great all day for aggressive carving and straightlining just for the fun of it. Know what you get... don't complain afterwards that it's too unforgiving in crud and not playful. You'll buy a kitchen door, which is great sometimes, and sometimes not
Has anyone had any problems with the flagship?
I really would appreciate your views and feedback.... Thanks guys
I'm 55kg, on a 158. Float in pow is great even on flats
Problems I've had: no real problems, just the observation, that it is better than everything else I've ridden in appropriate conditions as well as PITA in bumps. As long as you have a backup for the springtime moguls or days when the resorts is very crowded and you just want to cruise, you're fine.
Quality is great, base is very resistant, wooden topsheet as well (talking '13 model).
Hubby is 182cm and your weight, has the Carbon FS in 164 and is very happy with it "I've been looking 20y for such a board" (so happy that I didn't have the chance to try the board for one turn, he won't hand it over one second). Problems he's encountered: pretty much the same; on bumpy afternoons he swaps to his comparable soft n forgiving Raptor. It's not a specific Carbon FS issue, he observed the same when riding my wooden one.
Good float with full BC equipment in deep pow. Thus the 164 would certainly be long enough for you. If you're used to shorter ones, won't hit very high speeds, won't rail high speed carves, won't hit deep pow, a 161 would probably do as well. But if you're used to ride boards that lenght, I see no need to size down.