Demo- NS SL v. Attack Banana
I'm 5'10" 175lbs, and an intermediate rider. I mostly freeride (bombing blues, blacks with speed checks, I like trees & pow, side hits, and spend a little time in the park, probably a 90/10 split. The park features I do hit are jumps, maybe a box or two and no rails. I would like to work my way into bombing those black runs, moving to steeps, chutes, and backcountry some day (which will be a different future transaction I'm sure).
I'm looking to purchase a good all mountain board, probably toward the end of the season, and am going to demo a few to see what fits the best. I currently ride a cambered 08 Gnu at 157 (pro rider model who's name I can't ever remember- it's got the slot car track graphic). I really want to check out the rocker/camber hybrid type designs. After looking at many different models and reading tons of reviews my top 2 are the SL and Attack Banana I'm heading up the mountain this weekend and am going to demo a board one of the days I'm there. And I'll demo the other on my next trip in Feb. Probably will start with the SL this weekend, if the right size is available...
So my main question is on size- with the riding I do should I go up in size with the r/c hybrids, compared to my current deck (157)? SL 155 vs. 158? Attack Banana 156 vs. 159?
I've seen a lot of comments / reviews on the NS SL all over the place, and only a few on the Attack Banana. Can anyone give some input on the Attack Banana as to riding it for more than just a demo?
Also, from what I've read, the NS Heritage is very similar to the SL, except it's more directional and more damp. How does that impact what I like to ride? Should I put the Heritage into the consideration list?
Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your input.