looking for a new board, going to whistler for the season
hey i'm looking to get a new board when i go over to whistler for the season i live in australia. i will probably purchase the board in vancouver.
i weight around 76kg (~167 pounds) and i am around 180-183cm tall (5'11" - 6').
i ride a pair of northwaves that are size 9 US, although i might upgrade them at some time over there but i don't see myself going much bigger than a 9.5 US because i'm 20 years old now so i guess i have stopped growing.
i would say i'm a pretty good intermediate, been snowboarding for 5 or 6 years now, although this will be my first full season.
i would like a board for freeride and freestyle, although with maybe a little bit more of a focus on freestyle and it would be nice to maybe have a twin because i'm looking to improve my switch riding.
i currently have a 158 joyride from 2001, burton mission '06 bindings and northwave legends boots. i will be using this board at whistler/blackcombe and also back in australia.
so far i have been looking around quite a bit and have also checked out the latest transworld with the new good wood tests and have liked the look of GNU riders choice MTX, K2 darkstar, K2 WWW, K2 believer, NItro Eero, and Santa Cruz Jon Kooley.
i would like to know what everyone recommends in terms of board?
and also in terms of the board size range i should look into?
Also what is MTX, from what i have gathered it is the same thing as magne traction, if so what is it?
Also as a side question i am looking at getting a new jacket, and have been very happy with the current billabong i have so i was looking at getting another billabong jacket here in australia but was wondering if it will be fit for a canadian winter because this is my first time snowboarding overseas, the ones i'm looking at have a 10k waterproof rating and 8k moisture permeability rating, is there anything else i should be looking at?
Thank you very much in advance