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I say none of those.
YES are unreliably good. Not necessarily in quality, though they, and Jones, and Nidecker, all have spotty production quality, but just in the quality of the ride itself. They're camrock is just awkward and I don't like the way its done. T9 and Signal do it better. Speaking of, check out the Signal Omni, sounds to be right up your ally.
Carbon Credit doesn't even fit in with the rest of your options, it Libs budget board.
The Jones boards are notoriously harsh rides. They just don't do well with dampening.
Mervins in general have always felt... clunky to me. Characteristically I have always felt they get they energy from thicker construction instead of optimized materials. They use tons of fancy stuff and all that, but if its not done right and in the right places to influence the core the right way, its just marketing. Which is Mervin. Marketing. Great marketing for usually a mediocre board.
Look at the Arbor Wasteland if you want a gnarly hard charger, Coda if you want something more manageable that won't make you ride hard ALL day long. Flow Drifter for a great good at everything not great at one thing stick. Omni like I mentioned if you're really interested in camrock, also in my experience Signal has had the fastest and most durable bases. Ride Berzerker is a good bet as well. Shoot for 156-160's. Smaller for smaller mtns or more trees/jumping/park, bigger for bigger mtns, more speed, and open terrain.
Also most boards that fit your weight will fit 11's just fine, no need for a wide unless you want the stability for dropping cliffs or hitting jumps.
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Last edited by Nivek; 02-27-2012 at 08:16 PM.