Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Mordor
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So I think the Rice is a pretty terrible option.
1. You know how to turn a snowboard and do it quite effectively for two reasons: your current deck is not only very stiff, but it's actually a wide. %70 of the time someone like you is going to feel like Magne is doing too much of the work for you, and they're all radial sidecuts. Radial sidecuts are pretty boring for carving shenanigans.
2. Coming from stiff full camber to C2 is most likely going to be pretty awful for you. You have progressed being forced to learn how to turn dynamically. C2 and other RC techs don't really allow that.
3. Rice is a mid wide. If you're getting something new, might as well get you on the right width.
4. It's a true twin. If you're riding 90% groomers and no park whatsoever you have no use of a twin.
So, your initial list is actually pretty good. Custom X is definitely a good option, compared to what youre riding now it will be faster, a touch softer tip to tail, way more nimble edge to edge, and a hell of a lot lighter/nimble. If you aren't bombing and throwing down nipple draggers and do want something a little bit more playful, cambered Custom. Softer, will be a little bit wider under foot, but still carve well. The Highlife would be along the order of the Custom X, but I think you'd be better off on the 55 than the 58. No point in continuing to work too hard. If they have a Berzerker, that's going to roughly be like the Custom. The Mtn Twin will work for your desired riding, but with the rocker in the tip and tail you'll be riding it more centered than full camber. Decide if you want carvability or playfulness more.
Depending on what else you have available others I'd put on your radar for various reasons are: K2 Subculture, Salomon Mans Board, Rome Agent Camber, or Yes Standard.
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