I'm a noob around these parts, I've been doing research the past week to try to narrow down a few options and was hoping for some input from others on what might be the best option for me. I'm 6 foot, 180-185 lbs w/ a size 11-11.5 boot. I've been riding for awhile so I'm on the relatively advanced side.I pretty much ride just the east coast (NH, ME & occasionally VT). I really like charging all mountain terrain more then the park, but I do like popping off natural features, pressing & buttering around occasionally. My old board was a Burton Retro Twin 155 that I loved and felt really comfortable on. Even though it was probably too small I could charge with it and although it didn't absorb the chop completely it never felt squirrelly or twitchy and I always felt in control. Unfortunately, one day while riding Wildcat I let it out of my site for all of a minute and it was gone
Off the advise of someone I know I was recommended a Park Pickle and happened to find one at the right price at the end of the season....but the things I love about it don't out weigh some of the things I don't. First off, it's a 159, I think I should have went with the 156. Second, when charging (especially flat based) it can get really squirrelly (especially in spring chop) not sure if others have experienced this...and I also found it slow, although I should have waxed it I have since found that factory wax is pretty shite. The things I do love was its ability carve in all conditions (C2 & mag), its ability to pop, butter and press.
So I basically would like a board that can charge hard but is still reasonably playful w/ lots of pop
Some research has pointed me to the NS SL-R (have heard and read nothing but great stuff), Burton Custom X (great board but more expensive and less poppy then the SL-R), Banana Magic (can get last years model for a great deal but heard its not that poppy & not sure about it's charging stability), Ride Machete (as it would be most like my Retro Twin), Ride Highlife (might be too freeride focused based on research) and the Lib TRS.
I also have read contradicting things about rocker/camber, some say to ride 2-3 cm smaller do to larger contact radius, others say it gives you the ability make a longer board feel shorter more playful. Any input on this as well would be most appreciated, thanks!