I'm new to these forums and have been boarding steadily now for about 3 years, getting a lot better... more technical, hitting the park, learning flat ground tricks.
I'm a bigger rider (5'11" 240lbs) but not fat, I play rugby, I'm built like a linebacker and I'm having trouble trying to size a new board.
I have a Burton Air 162 with Burton Mission bindings. It's ok, but I feel sluggish in it. This season I demo'd a Burton Hero 155 with Burton Cartel ESTs and I loved the rocker and responsivness of the shorter board, but it did feel a little noodley at times. I didn't find issues with speed, there was obvious chatter on the hardpack (I board the Northeast)... but nothing I couldn't handle.
My problem is I want a park friendly board, but also a shorter one... but because of the weight standard for sizing, I am told I should ride 160+ boards. I don't care about hyper speeds... I want flex and some pop for medium kickers.
Thoughts? I want a short board that can handle my weight in the park and medium kickers. Thanks in advance for the help!
Some technical info:
* Boots: Size 10, 2008/09 Salomon Maori boots
* All Mtn - 60-70% of the time
* Jumps/Park - 30-40% of the time
* If my friends were more park rats I'd be in the park more than 50% of the day.