Help me choose a wide aggressive all-mountain board
I need help to choose my next board. I'm 32, 6'2", 195#, sz13 boot, riding 16 years, advanced-expert freeride, intermediate freestyle. Mostly ride Mammoth, lots of charging powder, steeps, trees, high speed groomers; a bit of freestyle play often on natural features IE cat tracks, rocks, wind lips etc. Infrequent kickers and pipe. No jibs. I do like to ride switch though I'm not very good at it.
I currently ride a 2004 NS Legacy 163, I think it's 26.9 at the waist, with Burton C60 bindings and Salomon Malamutes. I love this board for high speed on the groomers, it carves and cruises like a champ. I like the stiffness and dampening. It is very tiring to ride in the powder unless its very steep, have to be way in the back seat due to the camber. Also with my current setup I have have some trouble landing while spinning, the board feels pretty catchy.
I would like a wide (27cm) board which is capable of doing everything: charging at speed, surfing pow, dropping rocks, even dropping in on the half pipe occassionally. Im curious to see how the RC tech changes how it feels to land while spinning. I am willing to give up a bit of carve-ability if it makes freestyle easier/more fun. I am also hoping to see how rocker will effect riding in the pow. Price is no object.
So far I am looking at the NS Legacy, NS Heritage, Venture Zephyr (though the taper makes me think this won't be ideal)...
After this board I will likely be getting a powder specific board such as a Venture Storm.
Can anyone who has ridden any of these boards give me some feedback? Also, are there other boards I should be considering besides these four? Thank you much.
Last edited by pyrosis; 12-24-2011 at 12:28 PM.