Weight -- about 190 or so
Height -- 5'8" (yes, I'm a pudgy bastard)
Boots -- 26.5 mondo
Bindings -- Ride EX or Ride SPI (depending on the day)
Current board -- 2010/11 Ride Antic 157 (regular camber)
Riding style -- blues, some blacks, no tricks, no airs. Not bombing, just enjoying the trails.
Up at Mount Snow this past weekend (10 March) and lo and behold Never Summer is demoing boards. Conditions are spring-y, some ice, some bare patches -- soft spring snow.
I strap on a Proto CT 157 and take to the lifts. This is the first time I have been on anything other than a regular camber board and, oh my god.
The way I felt about my Nitro Team boots is how I felt about this board... suddenly I got it. It was fun, it was easy, it was confidence inspiring...
And then the sticker shock.
1) Does it make sense for someone whose style is as described to have, well, such a great board?
2) Suggestions/opinions on boards that ride similarly? Remembering that I am not riding at the limits of a boards capabilities.
3) I rode the 157 in not so great conditions and felt great. Should I look, rather, at a 160?
I'm 5'9" 155 lbs with mondo 26.0 feet and and ride the Proto CT 154 with Nitro Teams (my favorite brand of boot). Been riding for 15 seasons, at roughly 30 days a season.
In the past I've ridden/demo/owned the following Never Summer Board SL 153 2012, SL 155 (2008, 2009, 2012), Evo 153 (2003, 2005, 2012), Summit 161.
1 + 2) I would steer you towards the SL, Heritage, or next year's Cobra. If price is a concern look try last year's SL or Heritage for a 20-30% discount (Never Summer boards rarely sell new at a higher discount... lots of used boards I've seen go up though). However, if you love the board, you love the board... just realize you might eventually feel like it's not "exactly" you thing after a few days.
3) I you were to get the Proto CT, you probably could get away with the 157, the 160 might feel a little long to you coming from your Ride Antic 157 due to the blunted tips.
Here is a Proto 160 selling for $350 used (not mine, I just found it via forum search) - http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...-proto-ct.html