Join Date: Dec 2010
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You posted on my other thread about this board, and I thought I'd chime in here, too...
The cambered version of this board wasn't choppy at all.
The NS Infinity isn't choppy either.
I bought the 2011, and I expect it to be damper than the cambered version, but not choppy.
Are you locking up your knees when you're riding? I like to ride the sides of the trails (Massachusetts) where the snow collects from everyone pushing it off the slopes all day, and it gets pretty choppy in that, and my legs work. At the end of the day, pushing through uneven snow, my legs sometimes feel like jelly. It gets better as the season wears on. But I would suggest doing squats. They help a lot. If you have 5lb dumbbells, place them about shoulder width apart, and put your heels on them--so your toes are on the floor and your heels are raised. Then do squats, keeping your back straight and sticking your ass out as you squat down.
I also picked up a balance disk, and I do one-legged squats on that. It really helps. My sister thinks I'm nuts, but when she's crying that her legs are killing her and she wants to sit down, I'm hopping back on the lift for another four runs.
You're also about the same size as me--your foot is just much smaller (mine is 8.5). Just for some perspective... I ride a NS Infinity 149 for my all-mountain board. My first board was a 149, so I stuck with it. It's on the long end of what's recommended for my weight, etc., but 149 feels good for me when I'm cruisin'. I bought the NS Pandora as a freestyle board to work on buttering and getting my feet wet in the park. I got the 146 (mind you, the board I got is cambered), took it out, and couldn't tell the size difference between the 149 and the 146, so I'm getting rid of it, and I'm sizing down to the 143. In this case, 3cm makes a big difference, but only because it's 6cm from what I'm used to.
I just know that NS Vario Power Grip is excellent. It chews through icy and crusty groomers like nobody's business. It's not your board. Work those legs, and your board won't ride you.