Hi guys. New to this forum, but I have been lurking for a while.
I have a Burton Custom 162, I think it is a 2003/2004 model. Blue on top sheet, says "designed by Dave Downing", black and yellow C underneath. This board has served me well, and still does actually. I have mostly been snowboarding occasionally the past 8 years, with a very long break, but this year I have been doing it a lot. Had just forgot how much I enjoy it
I am a guy, 33 years old.
When it comes to my riding style, I enjoy riding groomers and I think it is very fun to hit red and not to steep black runs. As you can see below, I am tall and skinny. Because the 162cm board is quite stiff, it has forced me to use proper technique. I also feel that it is quite stable at speed on bumpier slopes and I manage to carve with it good enough. The other thing I do a lot is hitting jumps. Currently mostly smaller, blue and red jumps, but I am progressing. I have just started to learn doing 180s.
To summarize it: I like stability at speed, carving and hitting jumps of different sizes. I want to progress by getting better at riding steeper slopes and jumping. I have no plans on doing rails or any jibbing in general. A bit too old for that, imho.
Just bought Burton Cartel EST bindings (M) at half price, so I thought I might as well get a board too. The bindings seem great, btw. Looking currently at both 158cm and 163cm custom, almost half price on both. I believe the shorter one has more flex, but not sure how it compares to my old custom. Burton says that the 163 takes bindings size L, but can I still use medium bindings on it? I have also been considering a Custom X, but I am not sure here either. It might be to stiff.
My question is if custom is a good choice. Right now I lean towards the 158 model, because a bit more flex might be ok? Not sure if more flex will destroy some of the feel on steeper runs. If I figure out that this board is wrong alltogether, I can still return the bindings.
Some info about me:
height: 187cm (6' 1.6")
weight: barely 70kg (154 lbs)
shoe size: EUR 43 (US 10)