Just got back from a trip to Nagano and spent 2 days on my Volkl Zenit which is a fairly stiff camber freeride board that does well in pow. Thing is I put some rocker into the tip DIY style and it has worked really well improving the float and making it easier in the powder.
I won't go into detail here I will add a full review to the original thread, here is the thread on the DIY rockered tip.
Problem is my other board is a 158 highlife which is very similar in that its a stiff aggressive freeride deck that also does well in pow.
While I was rediscovering the Volkl my buddy was falling in love with my 2011 Highlife and wants to buy it.
I figure this is a good chance to broaden my quiver a little and I am thinking all mountain freestyle deck (twin or very twinish so I can ride switch just as well).
After looking at a few options I have my eye on the Proto or an Arbor coda.
I ride in very good conditions only and don't really do park so I am not so worried about arbors reputation for being a little on the flimsy side, it won't be taking a lot of hits.
I ride a lot of powder and almost never on icy hard stuff. I love to freeride, but have been getting more into playing around and freestyle recently. 3s,1s and grabs as well as some presses.
The board needs to be able to handle pow very well, not super deep as I will get the Volkl out for those days and ultimately I may get a pow specific deck too. It should handle some turns at pretty fast speeds although I don't expect it to do mach 10 like my freeride deck. Rather than rail turns (great if it can do that too) I want a more surfy feel that goes edge to edge quick and easily.
I want good pop and light weight is ideal.
Would love to hear from people who have ridden or own these decks and or recommendations for other decks that might fit the bill.
Your help appreciated.