Heritage or Raptor, a choice with no wrong answer but maybe a right one?
I've been doing some research online and am having a really hard time deciding on a new board. Most of the time I find myself being directed here, the posters on this forum really know what they are talking about, so I thought I would try my luck at posting a question. I would call myself an intermediate to advanced rider (I hope?). I can handle most any run on the BC/Alberta resorts I've been to (except maybe a few chutes at Kicking Horse... because damn!). I usually get out 10-15 days a year but this year I am moving to Golden and plan to get in 40 plus.
So I'm not interested in the park. I'm mostly looking for Powder, some steeps and I love it in the trees. I would also like to get into the slack country around Kicking Horse this year and am super excited for the Super Bowl.
I'm 5'10", 190 lbs, size 10 boots. I've been riding on a 06 160 Salomon Link for the last few years. I love everything I have heard about Never Summer and am basically tossing and turning over the 11 Heritage or the Raptor. My local shop also had some 2010 Titans in at a good price but I really want to try this Rocker/Camber.
So basically with no intention of heading to the Park and having visions of being a true big mountain rider I am looking at the Raptor. But I don't know if I'm really ready for it. I can handle the steeps but I'm not exactly charging them. At the same time I don't want to sacrifice some float or stability for a board (heritage) if I'm not going to take advantage of its benefits in the park or riding switch.
Any thoughts? Appreciate any advice I can get.