Took a chunk out of my board on the rock face of a cliff drop in Golden, probably will patch it up for the interim, but it’s into the core so I’m researching a new board for next season.
Old board is a Salomon Prospect 160cm (Fernando Olivera edition – 2006). Only has about 10-15 days on it as I don’t get out much with university. I have Ride SPL bindings and K2 T1 boots (Men’s size 10.5), boots have one day, bindings have 6 or 7 tops so I do not want to replace either of these (i.e. no Burton boards). I weigh 155lbs and am 5’11”. Am 21 and have been riding over 10 years.
Setup: I will measure it this evening and edit this post.
I mainly ride powder and chutes, but also enjoy tight trees and glades if there isn’t any fresh stuff. I often hike, so a lighter board wouldn’t be a bad thing. When there is no powder I’ll go on groomed runs where I go for speed and deep carving. Essentially no time spent in the park, but I hit lots of natural drops/kickers/rollers. Been having issues losing my heelside edge on icier runs even with sharp edges, though this could be due to my setup.
Most of the trips I take are to the mountains in SE British Columbia and SW Alberta. Golden, Revelstoke, Lake Louise, Sunshine etc. Sometimes Marmot Basin in Jasper. Conditions range from deep, dry powder, choppy crusty shit, groomed runs and sometimes icy unfortunately.
Considering the following boards:
- Nidecker: Megalight
- Yes: Pick Your Line
- Gnu: Billy Goat
- Never Summer: Heritage
- Bataleon: Undisputed
- Head: Intelligence AK
- Ride: Highlife UL
- Jones: Flagship
- Lib Tech: Jamie Lynn Phoenix
- Salomon: Man Board
- Arbor: A-frame
Heard lots of good things about all of them, but looking for personal experiences from those who ride somewhat similar to me. Don’t really care about what design is on it. Will try to demo one or two of these as well, but that may not happen. Have never ridden a rocker board or a hybrid, so I will try to demo one as well. I am open to a rocker board, but am fine with camber as well. This would be my only board so it needs to do everything well and I understand that comes at a price.
Thank-you for any recommendations, though I ask that you please provide some feedback on why you recommend a particular board, not simply posting a name.