Upgrading from a beginner board
This will be my second season this winter hoping to buy my first board.
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs
I am looking to mostly ride groomers as I ride mainly on the east coast (Camelback, Mountain Creek, etc...) I don't plan on doing park this season but who knows, but I'm primarily looking for an all mountain/free ride board.
I rented a 2012 Burton TWC Standard 154cm. I've ridden about 8 times this past season (even with the crappy season last year) and got the basics down and truly enjoyed myself. Board was easy to learn on but going faster, the board wasn't so stable (I believe flex was a 2 or 3). I wanted to invest into a board that would be a step up from that board and allow me to progress.
I also was looking into boards that had magnetraction technology as it seems ice patches are somewhat a norm here. A few of my friends ride Lib Tech boards and recommend them highly. This isn't utterly important to have.
I've come across a few boards I had in mind. I noticed I should be riding at a larger size, thinking of somewhere at 157cm+. Also interested in a medium flex I guess around 5-6 and spending less than $500 on the board itself.
2012 Arbor Coda
2013 Arbor Blacklist
2013 Rossignol Templar Magetk
2013 LibTech Skate Banana BTX
2013 GNU Street Series BTX
- Will I notice a significance going from 154cm to 158cm+?
- My boot's a size 9, I noticed boards 157+ seem to be wide... will a wide board be unadvisable?
- Being more active, I've lost some weight (Down from 230). I plan to be around 200 hopefully by the season (late November). Should this influence my size purchase?
Any suggestions/feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!