Longer boards with shorter effective edges
Let's start with the basics-
I'm 6'2" 210#. I currently ride a Ride Concept TMS 164. I like my board on the groomers and it's good in a couple inches of snow because it's pretty stable and stiff. It's pretty good for making quick turns in the steeps and bumps, but I feel like the transition could be faster and smoother. I feel like it catches an edge quickly, which isn't always good. It sucks in powder. I ride with my stance almost as wide as it can go, and the nose is too short and stiff. I have a sore neck today because I was flying past a snow gun yesterday and the nose plowed under, flipping me on my head. This board was great in PA, but now that I'm in VT and we actually get some snow, I need something a little different.
So I've decided that based on my needs I want a longer board with a bit more tip and tail length and maybe even width. I don't want a rocker board, we don't get enough snow for that. I also don't want a massive, sluggish board either. I'd like to find something in the 166-170 range that has an effective edge equal to or less than that of my current board, which is 128 cm. I don't want to sacrifice maneuverability for a little bit of extra float. Basically, I want a board that is similar to my current stick, but with a little more length outside of the contact points. Since this is still the 'Ice Coast' grip is important to me too.
I've looked at the Bataleon Undisputed 167, a couple Nidecker boards and Never Summer. However, it seems like the boards I like are nearly impossible to find near me (especially Bataleon and Nidecker), and I don't really want to buy something I haven't even seen in person, let alone taken out for a demo ride.