Thanks for the input and suggestions.
vote4pedro: My budget is a lot less that $500 for a board, which unfortunately eliminates my local boardshops as a vendor. Manufacturer demo days are also scarce in my area. I'm left to base my decisions on my own past experiences and the testimony of other more seasoned riders
Thanks for the insight Wiredsport.
I'm 180# wear a sz 10.5 boot and ride a few diffeent hills in the interior of BC, Canada. I currently ride an older 162 prior AMF. I like it but want something a little more freeride oriented.
I like carving on hardpacked days and gravitate towards the trees and steeper runs on powder/soft days. Getting to/from many of my favorite spots requires navigating bumps and some long traverses. Park riding doesn't really float my boat.
I'm looking at the Rossignol Jones Experience and the Arbor Coda.
The hybrid rocker and MTX of the Rossi board look like they could be fun. I also like the flex profile... medium tip, stiff mid, real stiff tail. A little worried that the tip might be a big floppy donkey dong at higher speed.
The Coda looks to be like a slightly stiffer version of what I'm on... an All Mountain Freestyle board for someone who spends >25% of their time in the park or at least making everything in the world a park like feature. I like the 2 yr warranty and graphics. 161 might be a little short for me, and 165 a little long... dunno.
That's my basic situation and inspiration for this thread.
Last edited by Liquidnails; 10-14-2010 at 04:11 PM.