Trying to get back in the game.
I'm in the market for a new setup (board, bindings, boots), I've been out of snowboarding for almost 10 years, and when I was riding I had a good number of days under my belt (I even taught for 3 years). My last setup was a 1998 Burton Supermodel 162, Burton Custom bindings, and Burton Ruler boots. This setup fit my riding style back in the day and I would like something similar now.
I live in the northeast so most of my riding will probably be on groomed runs, ice, chop, and maybe if I'm lucky powder. I'm not into park riding at all, I like going fast and carving and occasionally catching some air off of natural terrain. I'd also like to have something that will work if/when I get out west for some better snow.
I have been reading a searching this forum for a couple of weeks now and have tried to narrow down my set-up search. I was set to buy another Burton board since I have had two (a mid-90s Custom 155 before the Supermodel) and I had no complaints with either board. However the Never Summer boards seem to have a lot of cheer leaders on this site so I started looking into those. These are the boards I have narrowed the search to...
My questions are...Is the Supermodel now the same as the Supermodel in the past? I used Burton's board finder and they suggest the Custom over the Supermodel, any idea why? Is the Raptor overkill for east coast riding?
Also, I'm 6'2", ~245 lbs, and either a 11.5 or 12 max boot size. I was thinking a board size in the mid 160s would be best. I'm not sure if I want a wide board or not, I did fine in the past with a regular width and higher stance angles. What are the downsides to a wide board?