Jones Flagship vs. NS Raptor
Would appreciate any opinions on the above choice. The Lib La Nina MC is a distant third.
I'm 5'10", size 9 boot, around 170 fully geared to ride. Riding style: powder, trees, steep/fast groomers. Mix of resort and sidecountry. I consider myself a conservative expert rider - ride nearly anything in bounds in Tahoe, and some stuff outside. My board leaves the ground sometimes - mostly cornices and natural features - I hit the park only with my kids. I ride a 2010 Burton Custom X 160 most of the time. It's a great board, but not so hot in deeper powder. Traditionally after/during storms I ride longer boards (168 Supermodel from 2000), but would like something a bit more maneuverable in the trees without giving up float. Seems like with hybrid rocker/camber designs folks are now able to size down a bit and still float the board well.
I've narrowed it down to the Raptor and the Flagship. The main use would be powder days, mostly inbounds - some chop later in the day. Secondary use would be hunting stashes in trees inbounds and sidecountry. Both get good reviews, and I would likely be happy with either. But..they're very different. Different rocker/camber hybrid designs, different edge treatments, etc. According to reviews, very different levels of damping.
Has anybody ridden both? Any comments that can help break my stalemate? Thinking I'd get the Flagship in a 161 or the Raptor in a 159. Comments or opinions on sizing appreciated as well.
Thanks for any help here!