Hi, first post here. I'm trying to decide between the following:
Burton Custom V-Rocker 159 (255mm waist)
Burton Custom V-Rocker 163 (257mm waist)
Burton Joystick 161 (255mm waist)
Burton Joystick 159Wide (259mm waist)
Burton Joystick 163Wide (261mm waist)
K2 Slayblade 161 (254mm waist)
K2 Slayblade 164 (256mm waist)
K2 Slayblade Wide 159 (264mm waist)
K2 Slayblade Wide 163 (266mm waist)
I am 30ys old, 5'9", and weigh 220lbs. I wear a size 12 shoe, so I figure I'm going to be a size 11.5 to 12 boot. Really, I think I am a size 11.5 shoe, but I have wider feet so 12s are more comfortable for me. I am getting new boots so not sure what size will be the most comfortable for me when I end up buying them.
I consider myself an intermediate rider. I ride all mountain, usually cruising the trails and powder in the trees for the first part of the day, then making my way to the park for the second half. I like to try to bomb the smooth, fast parts of the trails, just to see how fast I can get before my brain tells me to slow down
. In the park, I will occasionally go over easy boxes, but haven't really tried from jibbing in general. Haven't tried any rails yet, and if I do, I have a feeling they won't be a major part of my overall boarding. I do like jumping kickers when I see them on the trails and over medium to larger jumps/tabletops in the parks.
My main concern is my weight and shoe size, which I'm thinking the wider boards will be better for me. However, I've read that with just a 11.5 to 12 boot, that mid-wide boards will be fine. But I like the thought that the wider boards may help with my weight too. Is this true?
Between the two Burton models, the Custom V-Rockers are considered a bit softer flex in case that matters. Also, the Joysticks in the specs say "Downsize 1 to 2 cm From Normal Board Length" which I'm not sure why they say this.
Sorry for my rambling
. Any thoughts of what would be best for me? Any other recommendations than what I have listed?