Thanks for your great replies so far..So lets start from the beginning. As I said before I'm a total newbie..This year I moved to an area in Germany with mountains, so I had the opportunity to go snowboarding for the first time..I practiced 2 days with a very cheap board from a friend which was much too long with 168cm..
So I asked in a german forum which board would be the best for me. Many people recommended the new TBT and Banana technic, so I looked around a bit. After a while I realized that most of the boards are sold out in Germany. In one shop I found a Bataleon Goliath 164, which I bought right away, because I thought it would soon be sold out too..It hasn't arrived yet, but I'm very unsure with my decision, so I'm thinking about returning it. The Skate Banana is the next Board I could get, with the Union Force Binding..In my opinion it looks awesome with the green bindings, and from what I read in some reviews it is great for park and powder, but also for all mountain in bigger sizes like 159W.
The thing is, that I have holidays in a few days where I want to practice some snowboarding in the snowdome..In March a friends comes to visit me to go snowboarding in the alps for a few days..In July I'm going to australia to study there for a semester, so I'm not able to use the board next winter.I'm not sure what to do right now. I would really love to buy a board right now, as I'm not willing to rent a board until then. I think its better to invest the money I spare in a better board.
Considering that, what would you recommend me? It is not necessary
to go for the Goliath or SB, I just thought that these two would be a good choice until now. Being the sportive type I think I will make fast progress, so a beginner board is no option..In the beginning I will do all mountain most of the time
..Park will be to difficult at the beginning, but I will definately try out kickers.. The board should definately last a few years, so I want to have the option to DO park when I'm better on the snowboard.
So I guess I need a flexible board to drive down mountains, with the option to do good in the park. I'm willing to spend 550€ for board and binding. Would love to year some good answers as I really need help to decide