Intermediate Snowboarder needing help....
Brand new to the board, and have some questions that I need help with. I'm 5'11, 180, and a boot size of 11.
I have been riding for about 3 years now, and this was the first year I actually bought a board. Was on the K2 Raygun all year, with Cinch CTC bindings. Went to Utah and Colorado only this past year, and that's where I will mostly be going forward.
I really liked the Raygun, but as I got really comfortable with the board, I found that I wanted to go faster, but the board tops out. I also want more edge hold in the ice and hardpack.
So here is where I need help. I want to step up a board in terms of speed. I really just cruise around the mountain, and never enter the park. Just starting to get better a jumping, so wanting a board that can progress in that department as well, but mainly I really like going fast down groomed runs, as well as powder.
The things I am looking for are more speed, better edge grip (if it was ever icy, my edge was washing, and would wash some on hard pack in the morning). What I don't want to lose is the stability (this thing never caught an edge when just cruising, and was very easy to pick up speed without chatter), ability to make quick small turns, as well as longer carves, and the ability to do some jumping. It was also a lighter board, and would love to stay light as well, instead of getting heavier.
***Quick sidebar - demo'd the K2 Turbo Dream, thinking it was the natural progression. Traded in and out throughout the day with the Raygun. The crazy thing was (and the Turbo Dream was pretty much brand new), the Raygun actually held an edge better in the same conditions. I was suprised. Turbo Dream was much faster, and satisfied that side of things, but the Raygun in the hardpack actually held better. So Turbo Dream for me is out.
So here is the list I have come up with based off reviews, Thegoodride.com, and Angry Snowboarder.
1) Lib Tech T Rice Pro C2 BTX
2) Lib Tech Jamie Lynn
3) Lib Tech TRS
4) Never Summer SL
5) Never Summer Heritage
6) Never Summer Proto
7) Yes Optimistic
8) Capita BSoD
9) K2 Slayblade
Just going on straight reviews, all of these boards appear to have great edge hold, flexibility to manuever in sharp turns, powder, or just bombing runs.
So here is where I need your help. Knowing my riding style, and knowing that I am still intermediate (sounds like T Rice Pro and Capita Black Snowboard of Death could be a little aggressive for me still), and knowing the qualities that I liked in the Raygun (for those that have riden it), can you point me in the right direction? Am I missing the target completely? Should I be looking at more freeride boards unlike my all Mountain Raygun?
Thanks in advance!