Hi guys (:
So sorry for another noob question, I know there is a sticky-ed thread about types of camber/rocker/etc, but I'm still a bit confused. (There isn't much on gullwing camber on the interwebs)
I race with my highschool in alpine (GS) events. I realize that I ride way faster off of the course than actually on, because I have lot's of trouble initiating my turns so that the next one is on the gate rather than too low or too high. I think the gates really intimidate me + throw off my speed..On the mountain I go 'pretty' fast; usually around 50-59 km/h but I'm pretty sure once I get on the course and I see the gates, I'm less than half that speed.
This year my cousin gave me her board that she's only ridden twice, it's a Nitro Runaway 2011 146cm with a gullwing camber. (I'm 165cm)
The board I usually ride is an Elan Aurora 09-10 which is 150 cm and has a normal camber. I've ridden the Nitro one twice at grouse, and it seems pretty stable. Took me a while to get used to it, but once i did I was going super fast. The thing is, the nitro board is desgined for park/jibbing etc and has a fairly easy pop. I find that turning with it is way easier, but also I caught my edge a lot when riding switch though..(maybe I just suck,
) At "high" speeds, (as fast as I
can go lol) I feel a bit of chatter but since I'll be going slower than usual on races I don't know if that actually will make a difference. The two boards both have mid flex.
Oh and NO ONE rides a race/alpine board, so please don't tell me to get one of them...at the races usually all the skiers have their sperm suits on and pro skis, but all snowboarders have just normal boards/outfits on
So, my question is which board should I use for next season's races? Like which one would benefit my riding more...I honestly can't tell a great difference between the two when I ride so which one would you recommend?
PS there's also terrain GS's once in a while so I would like to know if the Nitro board can handle that without flying off all of the rollers
PPS Is there a difference that padding on the bindings make? (the bindings on the Nitro one doesn't have padding, as in you can see the screws etc, but my other bindings have this thick padding on top of the screws)
PPS I know that it's mainly skill but I need to decide between the two boards
Any help would be greatly appreciated; thanks so much (: