Board Advice for a beginner?
Im 26 6'2 190 lbs. I have been snowboarding 6 times in the last 2 years and really enjoy riding and plan on riding more in the future. I am growing tired of renting equipment as I ride different places so the equipment is always changing and this I feel is causing my progression to slow. I can do green and blue runs and comfortably link turns. I however have not tried jumps or the park yet but I would like to do some jumps in the future although this will not be a huge part of my riding as I enjoy carving down the mountain. The terrain I ride on is mostly Icy however we do get some nice powder occasionally.
I have done some research and I have found a few boards that have really good reviews and I just need to know if these will be good boards for my current situation. In this instance the cost of the board is not a huge factor however i don't want to spend more than $550 for the board.
The boards I have been looking at are the Burton Joystick, Burton Custom, Burton Custom V-rocker, Ride Machete. I do not have a preference to Burton however it seems that they have good reviews on these boards and all my rentals so far have been Burton. I am open to other brands such as ride, lib tech and forum. Any suggestions would be helpful. I will probably ride a board between 161-164 and my boot size is usually 11 (changes depending on boot). I have been doing all my research online as I do not have a place by me that demos boards.
Thanks for the help