Advice on new board, what's too much??
Great forum, great advice, thanks!
I hope I don't sound too ignorant: what do you all mean when you say a 'board kicked your ass'? I'm looking for my next board so here's why I'm asking.
Stats: female rider, 5'4", 120 lbs, women's size 7 boot, beginner to intermediate, 4 or 5 seasons (2 only 1 time out, other 2 multiple trips, say 10-12 days per season including a camp). Riding blues comfortably in Utah, Montana, bro takes me on to blacks but not pretty. Not terrified though! No intention of park/tricks; long term goal – to be good enough to go off piste as much as on. Love snowboarding, enough that I live on east coast and travel west every year at least once for snow.
Currently riding a Roxy Ally, 2009, camber with magnetraction. Has been a pretty good board for me, I think, but I'm at the point where I want a new board that will help me progress and also challenge me. I have the feeling after this year that the Ally is babying/pampering me, if that makes sense; also can have a lot of vibration at 'speed' which is not even fast for me.
I'm reading all the great reviews and threads with advice on women's boards on this forum. I'm leaning toward the Never Summer Infinity RC, but wondering if it will be too much for me. For example, one guy talked about it being too much for his wife who I think was around the same level as me (maybe not). I think I want a stiffer board, but I'm not that big so needs to be torsionally responsive. I've also just come across Snowolf's reviews of NS Heritage, and all the great details about fore/aft, subtlety with edges, etc. and wondering whether the NS Infinity might be equally demanding and therefore too 'advanced' for me. On the other hand, it could be good and force me to step up my game a bit. As an aside, I demo'd a Roxy BTX (banana/rocker) back when I got my Ally and didn't really like it. But the RC mix has me interested. Not so interested in K2 EcoPop b/c no camber. From reviews on this forum, Roxy Eminence maybe, Gnu B-Pro sounds too stiff, Gnu B-Nice sounds too 'kind'. Help.
Any advice or suggestions would be hugely appreciated.