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I think the 154 Goliath will suit your wants perfect. I'd recommend the Riot if they still made it...But with the ET now having a sintered base I can see why they dropped that board. If you want something a bit more soft and playful then the Whatever or Global Warmer would be a good choice. If you want something to bomb down any run on the mountain and still be decent in the park get the Goliath. It's not going to be easy to press or butter with, neither will the ET, but if you can do them already then you just have to load them a bit harder and you can flex and press the board just fine.
Same with hard carves, Bataleons will grip just as well as any board without magnetraction, and better than most/all rocker boards. But you need to really commit and set the edge in hard pack and ice, or you'll just wash out on turns. The TBT is great for floating in powder and park riding, but for carving on hard pack/ice you need to set the edge harder and a bit more angle to get the same grip.
The ET is the same stiffness as the Goliath, but it's a true twin and has a wider flat base between the lifted edges...so it will cover the riding you want to do, be better riding switch, and maybe land jumps a bit more stable, but it won't be quite as fast turning edge to edge when carving, and will float slightly less in powder.
With that said, I'm 160-190lbs depending on the year and how heavy the recent beer, steak, and burger intake has been... I ride a 153 Fun Kink and a 154 Evil Twin in any/all conditions. But I also ride 75% park, 23% groomers/casual races/speed runs, 1% jibs, and 1% real powder(damn you Ohio...).
Riding the 1% in real 4' deep fresh powder both boards floated me nicely without any change to the bindings/setback, kept them both as twins and floated just as well as anyone else riding with me through all the runs.
Last edited by honeycomb; 02-24-2015 at 03:14 AM.