Park 75% Jibbing 25% Kicker board with minimal freeride capabilities?
I know the title sounds horrible and this is yet again another call for assistance. I would love to say I narrowed down my search to a few boards, and I know that a board is all about personal preference. That being said I have read 30 or so topics on this site ranging from banana tech fights (where Nivek hates them) to the topics talking about the Signal Light being fought to death for. Now for the actual question:
Stats: 11 years riding experience. Current board is a 2009 153 Atomic Hatchet with 2008 Ride SPI DFC convertible bindings. This board I think is at a 6 flex and I can ride it in powder, down blacks and around anything. However the construction on this board is horrible. Iím 5í 11Ē, 160lbs
Interested In: A snowboard that will be used 80% park and 20% cruising with a bit more flex then the Hatchet. In the park I do rails about 75% of the time and the rest I do 20í-30í kickers. Also I want it to be a rocker, I tested out a NS at Big White and loved the feel, but it was just to heavy compared to my hatchet.
Boards I am looking at:
K2 WWW: I bought this in a 2012 154. This seems great for the rails but many have said itís too noodly for any kicker and any free riding.
Rome Artifact 153: Seems to be the same as the K2 WWW but I can find it for $100 cheaper and people here seem to prefer it over the Weapon because itís stiffer.
Ride Machete/Kink Again I am looking for something with a bit more flex then my hatchet and I donít know if the Kink would be too flexy or if the Machete would be too stiff.
GNU Riders Choice: I have wanted a GNU for a while but at ~$390 and the idea that this board will be used for jibbing a lot I donít know if this is the best option. It seems to have the right flex but again I donít know.
The other boards I have looked at are the Signal Light Rocker and the Park Pickle but those are on the further list. I wish I could demo the boards but no where in my area appears to regularly demo any of these. Iím going to assume this will be a opinion based topic but really any feedback is good feedback to me (and I donít know how different the Weapon is to the RC or the Machete).