Hi guys, I've been reading these boards the last few weeks and found some very good information so now I'm finally starting a thread asking for some advice
To give you a bit of background, I'm currently working in Portland for 3 months, about 6 weeks into that period (I'm Irish but currently living in the Netherlands but my job means i travel for over 6 months a year) and took the opportunity to take up boarding something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've been boarding 7 times now, the first time I took a beginner lesson, the following 2 times I practiced on the short beginner slope then the 4th and 5th times i ventured up to the green and blue runs. However I felt like I needed more lessons so the last 2 times I took green level lessons and have an absolute blast, learnt a ton and have seen a LOT of the mountain (I board at Meadows on Mt.Hood). I've got to the point where I know I love the hobby and want to invest in my own board/bindings to both further enhance by trips in the next 6 weeks (I intend to get another 6 to 8 trips in at both Mt.Hood and prob somewhere in Washington) and to have for next year when I intend to get more boarding done wherever I am! That and I'm sick of using the rental gear
I already have everything else including boots (last time out was my first time in my new boots and it was really nice having no heel lift to deal with!) so I figure why not go the whole hog and get a board/bindings since everything is on sale now! I basically want an all mountain board, a good all rounder, I haven't ventured into a park yet but if I do in the future it won't be too big a part of my boarding I'm more interested in flying down the mountain having fun and enjoying the terrain etc.
I was recommended GNU/Libtech boards by quite a few people (friends and instructors and people I got chatting to) so I was looking at the GNU Riders Choice and the Libtech TRS, both fantastic all mountain boards from everything I read but I'm worried they are too advanced for me, so I started looking at the GNU Carbon Credit and the K2 Raygun which both sound perfect for what I want and are both at a really nice pricepoint in the sales. I'm leaning towards the Raygun as I heard it is more aimed at the mountain than the park whereas the CC is slightly more focused towards the park. I'm about 5'10 and around 170 Pounds (can be a bit lower or higher depending) and wear a US10 in my boots so was thinking of a 156, does this sound about right? I'm not sure on bindings yet either, I've read good things about K2 Formulas though, would they be a good choice ?
Any advice/information on the boards I've mentioned would be great aswell as any advice on any advice on other brands etc. that would be suitable for what I'm after, I've read a lot of threads on here which led me to the above choices and I'm looking for some more advice before I pull the trigger. Money isn't an issue per se, but at the same time I want good bang for my buck and not to get something that's way beyond my skill level, I want a board I can grow with over time that'll last me a long time! I hope I provided enough information about what I'm after, thanks a lot!