As the season winds down, I'm feeling the itch to pick up a new board.
I got into ground tricks (buttering, pressing, 180s) about a month ago and I'm going to do lots of park next season. I want something softer and more park-oriented than what I have now. I've only gone to the summit a couple of times since learning tricks because I find it so much more fun to fool around on easier blues rather than bomb runs.
Here's what I'm at:
Boot size: Currently wearing 11, but they're slightly too large so I think I could possibly go down to a 10. Will buy new ones next season. Looking at Burton Ambush.
Bindings: Rome 390
The boards I have now are a 2013 Rome Reverb (camber) and a 2013 Never Summer SL, and both are 155cm. I love the SL for all-mountain riding and lately I've been using the Reverb for ground tricks, although I feel like the Reverb is a bit too large and stiff. They both seem to be about a medium in the flex department, and I really don't have any problems pressing either one.
I'm not looking for something to carve down blacks AND hit the park, this would be a park or freestyle-only board that will get beat on. I'm looking for something more on the softer side (but not a total noodle) that won't whimper at medium jumps when I get to that point.
Here's what I've narrowed it down to:
Rome Garage Rocker
This is the one I'm leaning towards, mainly due to the cost. Should be able to handle medium jumps well, as well as rails and ground tricks. Seems to fit the bill, but the flex could be a hair too high at 4.
Rome Artifact Rocker
(147 or 150)
This one might be too soft. Would be excellent for buttering and rails, but I'm not sure about its abilities with jumps or poor conditions due to how soft it is.
Seems to be a compromise between the Garage Rocker and Artifact Rocker, in terms of stiffness, but maybe too soft?
Most expensive and might be the stiffest of the bunch. Has the best graphics, though.
Any other suggestions? I want to keep the price around $200 or lower. Thanks!