So I've been thinking about getting a soft jib board just to mess around with on groomer days. I already spent some money this winter on a 2010 Never Summer Infinity-r 145, so I wasn't going to get another board until the sales hit later in the winter.
I was at home on the couch when my husband arrived late from work with a snowboard on his hand. Before he showed me which board he picked up, he launched into a tirade about what he had learned from researching the board. Apparently he spent his entire day online and on the phone asking about the pros and cons of various boards. Some of the information he came away with surprised me, so I wanted to run it by you all:
1. Capita construction is inferior to many other brands, including Gnu, Never Summer, Burton, etc. I was interested in the Space Metal Fantasy and several people at several different shops have said the same thing: don't bother.
2. For a woman who is 4'11'' and 105 pounds, a 145 is pretty long. Almost too long. It could be fine, but it might hinder my progression. A better size would be around 140 all-mountain and 135 park. This seems super small to me, as the smallest I've ridden is a 143.
3. Snowboarders in their first few seasons shouldn't ride more than one board. They should pick something that'll work all-mountain and learn it well. If you switch among several boards, you won't progress as fast. For that reason, I shouldn't keep the new board and the Infinity.
After several hours online, a long phone conversation with someone the The Boardroom in Colorado (I think), and a long conversation with the staff at US Outdoor Store, my husband came in the door with a Gnu B-street 141. He is fully convinced that it's the board for me. He loves his NS Legacy-r, so he understands that my Infinity is a quality deck, he just thinks that a 141 with a softer flex would serve me (a fairly small, conservative rider) better than my Infinity.
So obviously I'm a lucky woman to have a husband that would go through all of that to get me a new board for no good reason.
Now my questions: are the facts I mentioned above accurate? Should I try to sell my Infinity, which was expensive and has only been on snow 2-3 times, and go with the B-street. Should I keep them both? Take back the B-street?
I'm a sucker for new gear and some carpet boarding has proven just how buttery the B-street is...I like her.