Hello! I am doing what you all hate and asking about a first board. By board, I really mean 'Deck'. The boots and bindings will come later. To give you all the break down:
Height: 69 Inches (looking at between 155-160, based on weight and such)
Weight: 175 lbs
Boot size: 7-8
Riding style: Only rode groomers, stayed out of the park. Interested in doing some things in the park.
Your location of riding: Germany/Europe (can you say the Alps?)
Number of seasons: 2
So, I rode a couple of times in the past two seasons, and really enjoyed snow boarding. I only rode on machine made groomed trails, so that's all I know. However, I have since moved to Germany and legitimately have a change to visit the Alps. I'm at the stage where I can link turns, go heel side to toe side and back, and take on the occasional black diamond. I'm now looking for my own deck to buy and set up, so I no longer have to rent. Right now, I can get a discount through K2 and Salomon, so that's what I'm really considering. I'm ignoring Burton, because I don't want to pay for a name. Any and all advice is appreciated, thanks!
Here are the decks that I am considering:
Salomon Drift Rocker: read some reviews and may not want this, seems more for park.
K2 Raygun: Seen some good things that say this is a good all mountain board.
K2 Subculture: Haven't seen much about this
K2 Standard: After a Google search, all I really found was stuff from K2 and reviews about synthetic Cannabis
What I would like to know is if anyone has rode any of these boards, and what they think of them for a novice rider.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you!