what's up everyone. i know it's probably not your favorite thing ever to advise people on board questions 10x a day but i gotta ask.
so i'm 5'11 x 165lbs and ride mammoth almost exclusively. been riding at least a few times a season since i was little and i'm 25 at this point. for the most part i ride all mountain and can handle just about anything except the more gnarly chutes / back country (although i've never really gotten a chance with those terrain types). i'm not sure it needs to be said but i ride powder when it comes as well. with the more all mountain riding being said i also enjoy some time in the park and got to jumping more often end of last season. finally learned to do a 360
(fs only so far) so i'm definitely gonna be pushing it more in the park as well. don't really jib much but i could see myself doing a few here and there. mainly hit mid sized parks.
i've previously owned a forum bjorn leines model: Forum Bjorn Leines Freestyle Reviews
. my riding style has been most influenced by that model and stiffness in flex so i'm pretty partial to that. always thought it was nice to be able to push hard in turns for all mountain and enjoyed the pop / cushion the board provided in the park. the board i'm currently riding is the arbor alt: Arbor Alt Snowboard 2008 | evo outlet
. it's incredibly light but feels pretty thin and a little too all mountain for my tastes. both these models were / are 156's if i'm not mistaken. ridden rental / demo boards from 160-165 and i can definitely see myself bumping up to 158-160 for the new stick. also, would like to transition back to something with a more freestyle edge to it.
after researching the new design elements to be taken into account i'm still not sure what kind of bottom curve i would want. i've only ridden camber as far as i know and the control / power feeling people use to describe it sounds right. the idea of continuous rocker or rocker-flat-rocker sounds pretty cool. the camber / rocker combo curves make absolutely no sense to me but i could see something like the forum double dog design being pretty sick. my main goal with the board is to maintain the control i have had in my previous boards (either with flex or bottom curves?), pop is important but i don't need a ton since i typically hit jumps, and possibly incorporate some newer tech or softer flex to enhance the board's ability to hit the park.
let me know what you guys think / if i'm on the right track on what to get next and any board recommendations will be welcomed!