just stop overthinking it, its snowboarding, the chances of you getting a board you don't like are almost zero unless you're a super picky person or you put too much into the idea that snowboards do the work for you, they don't, you do the riding. a competent rider should be able to do everything they want on any board (almost). sure different boards have different feels but its not like one board just can't butter and another can't climb pipe walls. all boards are made to work everyhwere but companies try to segement the market and fool the consumer into always wanting the newest tech or some percieved advantage. unless you have been on tons of boards you qon't know what you're missing anyway. reviews are useless because the reviewer may or may not know what they are talking about, might not ride like you or be the same weight/height, might ride different conditions than you, might be more skilled, or less skilled, and might not be able to truly convey what they are trying to say anyway.