I've been snowboarding for many years now but have always gone for low level boards ($ being the reason). But this year I want to take it to the next level and I know that I need a good board.
What boards should I check out?
I've always rode stiff boards but I want something with a lot of press this year. I want to be able to torque the thing out. Really be able to bend and flex for maximum press. But I do ride a lot of "all mountain" so it's gotta be able to handle a tight carve at speed. I also don't want an even stance (same distance between tail to back foot as nose to front foot) because I ride a lot of pow, I need a staggered stance (let me know if you disagree).
That's what I'm looking for.... I've been considering a reverse camber board (like Lib Tech) but I'm just so skeptical about reverse camber. Can they really handle big ramps? Can you hold a tight carve at speed? If anyone has any experience with reverse camber, I would really appreciate an opinion (I know they're awesome for rails and boxes but what about ramps, groomers and pow?)
I'm a big guy (6'4, 205lbs, size 13 feet) so I need something between 163 and 165 (disagree?) that's pretty wide. I ride burton toe cap bindings and 32Prion boots.
Any suggestions for boards I should check out??
you are sort of asking for the world here. everyone wants a board that is easy to press/fun to ride but can also handle 'all mountain' or bombing down the hill and the properties that make a board good at either of those are almost directly opposing in nature
most boards are designed to do everything, at the extreme ends of the spectrum ypu have soft jib noodles and at the other end you have beefy damp freeride machines, IMO only about 20% of the boards available fit in either of these categories
so you are left with a couple problems, you can ask everyones opinion what they think a "good board" is but you know what opinions are like, this forum seems infatuated with never summer and bataleon so you will get many of those recommendations, other forums might point you at other brands, it depends what the denizens of each forum prefer. you could read reviews but reviews are mostly a joke, there is no way to really measure anything so its just one persons biased subjective impression that really doesn't help anyone. if you look for reviews on any product on the internet you will always find widely opposing viewpoints and thats because most people are idiots.
personally because of your size and what you describe as to how you want to ride i would agree that a c2 banana such as a trice would be a good option, having the rocker in the middle of the board helps with presses and pow, but the new style with having some camber under your feet helps with the power you want for cruising around. i haven't been on that particular board but libtech is a pretty safe bet, they know how to make snowboards
as far as having a centered stance, depending on how wide your stance is you can set it back a bit even if the inserts are centered since most will let you go up to 25 inches or so, but if you ride a really wide stance your options will be more limited. riding centered on a rockered board is doable in the pow for sure, if thats what you're worried about.