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Help pick the right board

I started snowboarding late in life (42 years old)... Here I am 5 years later and I consider myself a strong intermediate rider. I don't do any tricks (parks).

I am 5'10 205 lbs.

My 1st board was recommended to me at the store. It is an Arbor Element, 155 length. The board is on its way out and it is time to look for a new one.

I ride east coast, icy and hard groomed conditions for the most part (Belleayre Mountain is my home) (is it so much to ask for a POW day???). I guess I want a board that handles best in these conditions. I really don't go faster then 35-40 mph. SO a board that handles ice great, a good carving board, easy to maneuver and handle some speed and in the rare chance of a POW day, ok in that...although the closest I usually get is slush in the spring!!!!

Thanks so much for any recommendations, much appreciated!!!!
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I'm going to assume people are going to recommend the Rossi One MagTek.
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In all honesty I would stay with Arbor and just switch to their camber system. I am guessing the element is rocker, but even if it isn't, their all around boards seem to be what you want. Decently stable and easy to get on edge/maneuver. Take a look at a coda or iguchi camber.
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I'm going to assume people are going to recommend the Rossi One MagTek.
Or a Jones board.

(I'm sure someone will come along and recommend a Never Summer Type Two, because someone always comes along and recommends a Never Summer Type Two for just about every condition. )

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I don't like the arbor Element on ice... too much rocker. The grip tech is nice but not enough imo.

I use a Rossi one and it's awesome 😎

I don't like never summer boards on ice in the east coast, but I'm sure that could be overcome if I was better.

I think the three boards you'll be looking at are the camrock all mountain boards with edge tech: Rossignol One, Jones Mountain Twin, and Yes Typo. The Rossi one is probably the dampest which is why I went with it. (Mtn twin is the stiffest I believe)

Burton boards are also pretty good on the east coast but it might be too much of a switch for you to go to their aggressive camber from your rockered element.

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So I have been reading...

The Rossi one Magtek looks perfect.

I rode a NS Ripsaw (159) at a demo day and really enjoyed it...

Thoughts between the 2?
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So I have been reading...

The Rossi one Magtek looks perfect.

I rode a NS Ripsaw (159) at a demo day and really enjoyed it...

Thoughts between the 2?
They're both good boards but feel very different underfoot. The main difference is the camber profile - they're complete opposites (one is an M the other is a W)

The ripsaw is noticeably stiffer than the Rossi one. They're both pretty damp. IIRC the ripsaw is a twin whereas the Rossi one has a setback and a directional flex (the rossi's directional flex makes it great in moguls and gives it tons of pop too).

I prefer the Rossi one so I bought one, but the ripsaw is a great board. My issue with the ripsaw is that it's hard to fit in a quiver. If I wanted a board that stiff and that fast I'd just go with a freeride board and cover that part of the quiver too.

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So I have been reading...

The Rossi one Magtek looks perfect.

I rode a NS Ripsaw (159) at a demo day and really enjoyed it...

Thoughts between the 2?
They're both good boards but feel very different underfoot. The main difference is the camber profile - they're complete opposites (one is an M the other is a W)

The ripsaw is noticeably stiffer than the Rossi one. They're both pretty damp. IIRC the ripsaw is a twin whereas the Rossi one has a setback and a directional flex (the rossi's directional flex makes it great in moguls and gives it tons of pop too).

I prefer the Rossi one so I bought one, but the ripsaw is a great board. My issue with the ripsaw is that it's hard to fit in a quiver. If I wanted a board that stiff and that fast I'd just go with a freeride board and cover that part of the quiver too.
Thanks! how can I try the Rossignol before buying? is there a way to do that?
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Thanks! how can I try the Rossignol before buying? is there a way to do that?
There are demo days on the mountains during some weekends. It's different per resort. Not sure what would be there.
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Thanks! how can I try the Rossignol before buying? is there a way to do that?
What I like to do is ride up in the solo line and have a really nice board on me and then offer to swap for the ride down lol. Most people say no but some people say yes, especially when I've got my dupraz on lol.

I haven't been able to find any of Rossi's demo days. If you're ever in SoCal though look me up you can ride my 161W Rossi one

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