I'm looking for a new board, finally retiring my 10 year old 155 Ride Timeless!
I'm 5'10", 152lbs, advanced freerider, intermediate freestyler.
Near Vancouver, BC, Canada, so ride Mt. Baker, Whistler, and smaller local mountains, so mostly West Coast mountains, but a little interior BC as well.
I ride powder, trees, drops, pillows, small kickers and bomb the groomers. I try to stay off the trail whenever possible. Always would rather be out riding powder or in the trees.
I ride a very small amount of park, but mostly jumps, I'll hit boxes sometimes while I'm in there but rarely rails. Usually I only hit the park if it's on the way down to the chair lift I'm going to. I will do a small amount of jibs on natural stuff though. So park is fairly low on the list.
I love to hit drops and jumps as mentioned and more do jumps off natural features. I try to hit anything I can on the mountain. If there is fresh snow or powder I'm always going to hit that first choice. Want that surfy feeling in powder and tight turns in trees. I pretty much want an all-mountain destroyer quiver killer board, that charges hard, good in powder, carves decent, is still playful, fun to ride, and pops! Haha not too much to ask.
Pretty much what this guy in the video link below is riding the Proto on is what I love to ride.
Never Summer Proto Review / Snowboard Video - YouTube
Sometimes, depending on the riders I'm with there might be some groomers as well.
I already have 2010 Flow Rival Boa Boots (Size 8.5) and 2011 Union Force Bindings.
My choices of the new 2012 boards are down to... (Do sizes seem right?)
Never Summer SL - 155
Never Summer Proto CT - 154
Arbor Coda - 155
Open to other All-Mountain type boards, after researching this is what I came up with.
The only bad things I have heard about the companies I listed are...
Arbor has some durability issues? Seems far and few between.
Never summer loses its pop / liveliness after 30 to 50 days of riding. Is this true?
I have read every review I could find and have searched through this site as well. But want to hear people's opinions on them.
Thanks for your time and input.