Freeride board questions
I've been living in Crested Butte for 3 years now and have become a die-hard fan of Never Summer because of it. I have been riding either a 166 NS Legacy (06/07) or a 161 NS Premier (07/08). They're both awesome boards, but neither is quite right for me. I stick to mostly double blacks and trees, which makes me love the 161. But getting to and from the T-bars has become hazardous as this board gets squirelly at high speeds (I'm 6'1" and 215 lbs). The 166 is my groomer boomer, super fast and stable, but is punishing to try and haul through trees and tighter runs. I will be getting a 163 premier but I was wondering if there are any other big-mountain boards that compare to NS durability and stiffness but are lighter or have other benefits not found on a NS. I have heard the Ride Slackcountry and Concept are good, as is the Atomic Banger, but I haven't had the opportunity to ride or demo many boards. I ride Rome Arsenal SDS with Salomon F20 boots. The boots need to be replaced and I'm thinking either Salomon Malamutes or some stiff 32 boots. Thanks for any opinions.