That is almost exactly how I would describe my riding style, and the type of board I was looking for. I had been riding the same board (a K2 Fatbob) for the last 13 years and finally decided that maybe my riding would benefit from some of the new tech out there. So I spent months researching, reading reviews etc...(I wasn't able to demo anything) and narrowed it down to a couple of boards, one of which was the K2 Slayblade with Flatline Technology (zero camber) which by some stroke of luck was 50% off and in my size at a local shop so I took it! I am 5'10" and 170-175lbs and I got a 159 (mostly because that's all that was available, but it was also the size that I rode previously). So far I've only ridden it about 6 times so this won't be a complete review.
First Impressions: I wasn't really expecting to notice as much of a difference as I did (traditional camber vs. flat).
1) SCARY FAST!
Thank god this thing can handle it!
2) HOLY EDGE HOLD! I was bombing down a steep run that abruptly ended with a near 90 degree turn to the right onto a cat track with a sheer drop into thick trees below. I didn't slow down at all, just chose a line and dug in my toe edge (regular)...
not a single slip, man it was exhilarating!!! I know I'm gonna get killed on here because of this but, I think this thing holds an edge and carves as well as, if not better than, traditional cambered boards I've ridden (maybe I just haven't ridden the right one)!
3) LANDING STOMPAGE! I'm not much of a "techie" so I don't know why
this is, but I've been stomping everything on this board (mostly natural kickers, cliffs, hucking off cat tracks etc...maybe one or two runs through the park). It performs especially well when landing in and riding out of tracked-up powder/chunk...really stable. I think this is my favorite thing about this board so far, I'm able to go WAY bigger with fewer consequences
4) DAMP! Even though I laugh every time I hear or say the word "Harshmello"
it really seems to work. I always used to think "I never get board chatter" but I guess I just never knew it. This board rides so smooth, it seems like I can ride harder and longer with less fatigue.
5) There have been at least 3 times when I was ABSOLUTELY-NO-WAY-AROUND-IT POSITIVE
that I was going to catch an edge and eat it hard but rode it out! Thank you Flatline Technology!
1) Not quite as much pop when I'm trying to launch into orbit off a roller. This is the only situation that "pop" is an issue. Maybe I just need a little more time to figure it out.
2) Powder. Wishful thinking told me this thing would ride like a reverse camber or other "powder specific" board...I'm not really sure what that's like, but I can dream
Definitely better than a traditional cambered board, but I was hoping for a more noticable difference (though I've never really had trouble riding pow). I guess you can't have it all
Maybe someday I'll be able to afford a powder board for those 5-6 really good pow days!
Bottom line: I know there are tons of other great boards out there that I didn't have luxury of trying out, but after 18 years of riding (having plateaued 5-6 years ago) the last 6 days or so on my Slayblade have seen SIGNIFICANT improvement in my "balls to the wall" riding. And I'm still using old ass Sims bindings from the late '90s (it's really embarassing having them on such a sweet deck). I can't wait to see what happens when I can get a decent set of bindings. Good luck with your search!
(If I had the time and money to chase the pow around more, I'd look hard at a K2 Turbo Dream)