First Board Options
Hey all from the East Coast of Canada! Been a reader here for a little while and was hoping to get some advice on board selection. I understand there are hundreds of reviews and threads like this already in creation but a fresh look is never a bad thing and I'm also in the middle of the atlantic ocean at the time so bandwidth is extremely limited. I'll be bookmarking this topic after it's made.
So about me. I'm 25, 5'11", 175lbs and am going into my fourth year snowboarding. Previously I've only ever rented those Burton rentals from the lodges. I'd consider myself to be leading into the intermediate skill level. No problem linking turns in different conditions. Comfortable in all aspects of simply making it down the hill without falling and put one a lot of speed at times. Can do little jumps. Flat 180s here and there. Small boxes, etc.
I'm looking to buy my first board. Before I do I'm going to buy some boots local so that I'm sure they're right for me. I know different boot/binding combos fit different boards, but I'm just looking to have some options to research when I get back in the country so I can buy a board (probably online) ASAP.
I'm looking for an all mountain board, probably 158cm I would say. I usually use 10 - 11 boot size depending on the boot. Since I my interests lie more towards just shredding up the hill and goofing around with only a little bit of park features (though I'd like to start getting a little more into park stuff it isn't the main focus) I would say I want something with camber as opposed to straight rocker. Possibly a combination of the two though? Since I've only used really stiff rentals I don't know much about flex but I would like to get into butters and presses so something with about a medium flex I think would be ok. Obviously like anything durability is also something to look for. I know there's a lot of other tech out there that I only know very little about but I don't need anything rediculously complex. Like I said I'm intermediate.
Now comes the big variable, price. I'd LIKE to spend no more than $400 on the board alone. Prefferably a bit less but I can do $400 comfortably if it's the right board for me. Some boards I remember being interested in (without looking up their current stats) are:
Burton Custom (don't care about the brand, I've just heard good things)
Sierra Crew (heard a great board but takes a bit to break in the flex and the tops wear/crack easily)
NeverSummer (a buddy of mine swears by them, but I think they're a bit more expensive)
I'm really open to all suggestions. Something that I could buy online that ships to Canada is preffered. Any ideas you guys can throw my way to give me something to think about for my return in a few weeks would be greatly appreciated. I don't know much about the different binding systems and how they are specific to certain boards and such either, so that will be something I need to keep in mind once I select my boot and later consider board options.