Now that I have everyone's attention...
I finally got to go boarding last week and I took the SL-R, and conveniently had the Sierrascope delivered to my hotel. So the first day of riding was all SL-R and Flow teams. It did take some adjustments of my base plates to get my weight better centered over my board. Unfortunately there were five of us traveling in an H3, and we had to un-mount our bindings for the trip, and I just forgot exactly how mine were set up.
Day 2 I got to takeout the Sierrascope, I immediately noticed just how much easier this board was to ride. I was linking pretty tight turns no problem. This board had waaay more play. The only downside to this board was that the pow float was not there like it was in the SL-R. Keep in mind I am 5.9 185 lbs. riding the SL-R in a 155 and the Sierrascope in a 156. As much fun as I had on this board, yet again, I still had some wiggle between my high back and my boot.
I still need to bump into a flow expert, or take the time myself to properly configure my bindings to perfectly fit my boot...
So all you Noobs listen up!
Buy a beginner board, a much softer board. Last year I purchased a Rider's choice MTX, and this year the NS SL-R. They severely crippled my learning and I would not recommend them to any noob like myself. If you get on the snow more then 10 days a year then you may be able to progress in to this board fine. But if you are new like me and only get 8 days or less a year, do yourself a favor and grab a noodle.
The Riders choice I think was advertised as like a 7 flex, so I should have seen that one comming, the SL-R on the other hand is only a 5 on their flex scale. I am going to go out on a limb and say that Never Summer's 5 is like a burton 9! My friends were riding burton boards( 09 Deuce and 09 Love) and those boards are soft,though rated that way by Burton... Actually, my cousin is 6 ft. tall and 130lbs, and rides that Deuce in a 159.
So, to sum up my feelings... I wish I had paid more attention to the advice on this forum and the rest of the Internets (
)and bought a more user friendly board to begin with. Not sure how much stiffer the Sierrascope is than the Horrorscope, but I feel great riding it, so I think it will be my board for awhile now.
The SL-R, for what I was able to use it for, was all-right. But it was just too stiff for me to use, maybe in a couple of years I can come back.
Sadly, I don't progress any faster than that due to living 5 hours from the closest slopes and not being a millionaire.