Hi guys! I am new to the forum and I am quite impressed since I've read some of the threads - there are definitely some dudes here that know what's all about.
My brother will be traveling to the US in two months so I he can bring me a board from there. Here in Europe the prices are so high...
A bit about my self - I am an advanced (not an expert) rider. I've been riding for about 10 years and let's say last 4 - backcountry only. These 4 years I've been riding the 2008 Burton Malolo 162 and I can say only positives when it comes to pow but as I've moved to some really technical riding last 2 years I found there are some cons which I would like to get around with my new board. What I mean by technical riding - some pretty steep ( >40°)coluoirs and slopes. Usually avalanche risk in those kind of terrain is quite high so riding in the biggest pow is not the best option. What I wanna say is that I need more balanced freeride board which can perform good on hard-pack as well. I'll mention some options I've been thinking about and my constrains about them. If you can add some other brands/models and critically evaluate their pros/cons it will be highly appreciated!
Burton Suprermodel X
Reasonable price, reviews suggest this board can offer the performance I am looking for.
EST bindings - I'll need to hear really convincing arguments for this system in order to buy bindings(will need advice for Burton bindings, since I don't know them well) as well. However, this is still an option.
Again it meets my requirements, Magnetraction.
I'm a bit sceptical about the brand, no matter Xavier and Jones were riding for it. (Xavier is still riding this model I think). Prove me I am wrong
Ultimate freeride machine (is it???)
Again EST bindings. However I can take an older version that use the 3D binding system and use my oldschool Drake Podium (which is the best bindings ever - I am riding it from 2001!!!
); The price is a bit too high and I am a bit skeptical about all the innovation it this thing...
LIBtech Travis Rice C2 BTX
Combines Rocker and Camber which I am really curious to try, MT again.
Unreasonably high price...
There are many brands that I just don't have any experience with and I would like to hear about them from you guys - K2, RIDE, GNU, Lamar, Capita, Imperivm, Never Summer, Nidecker and many more.
The price range should be somewhere up to 500$. The length should be around 164. I am around 184 cm (6 feet), 75 kilos (165 pounds)
I am looking for a deal so consider 2010 models as well...
Looking forward for your opinion!