I was in the same situation as you. I had a 2008 burton blunt wide 158. I'm also 150ish and 6 ft tall with size 11 feet. I picked up a never summer sl 2012 151 for 349$. I talked to a never summer rep and at its waist of 24.3 they said it will be just fine with my boot size. The type of riding you do is identical to mine, I've heard the sl does it all.
jkz good coincidence. Thats an awesome price or that board eh. I was thinking a bit longer than 151 but its good to know that at that small its still ok with size 11
These were some of the boards I looked at last year. I like to bomb & cruise groomers, hit natural and park jumps, charge off piste in the chunder, dodge trees and ride in powder. I've been riding an 07 gnu cambered board.
I demoed the Attack Banana (in a 156) and the SL (in a 158) for a day each last season. I like both of the boards a lot, but I give the slight edge to the Attack Banana. I give the slight nod to the AB because it's lighter, stiffer, has more pop, better high speed stability and initiates turns better than the SL, at least for me and my riding style. And not that the SL was any slouch, it destroyed the chopped up off piste garbage like it was nothing, and had very good turn initiation, and pop as well, I just thought the AB was better. Both performed well in the trees and had excellent edge hold. No powder on those two days I demoed, so I can't speak about their performance in the poo. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with either of these boards. The ease of turning with both of these has me sold on the hybrid rocker / camber designs.
Because of unforseen circumstances, I wasn't able to pick up the AB I was sold on last year. So this season I've opened up my search to include the TRS, Gnu Billy Goat, Smokin Superpark, Yes Pick Your Line, NS Cobra, and more. As I also plan to start riding in the backcountry too. Since Lib rates the AB a half tick stiffer than the TRS, it may be similar to the differences I felt between the AB and the SL. The TRS may be more grippy as it's magnetraction is significantly more aggressive than the AB. As for the rest of those boards I've mentioned, I've heard good things about them, but I have no first had knowledge.
Hope that helps ya. Good luck in your search, and if you can demo- Do it!
Hm ya the AB sounds like an awesome board -- Im not sure if I should be aiming for the more grippy MTX of the TRS to be prepared for icy conditions, or if the AB will still have enough traction to avoid wash out
159 seems real long for you. I think 153-155 is perfect.
You're correct in that! I was thinking around 155 as well
150lbs size 11s. Problem is that if you go to 152 you may just risk too much overhang and may need a wide, but the perfect midwide for you like and SL or Blacklist comes in 156 and 154 respectively, which at those lengths, you may not need a wide.
As such this leads me to recommend to you the NS Proto CTX 152. Now this is just an example, but this is a nice short board that has enough beef for you to take just about anywhere, and is the proper length and width for your height and feets.
Just make sure when considering other wide boards at short lengths to not get sucked into a noodely park board, as most of the options you find will lean to toward that bent.
Took a look at the proto, hadn't come across it before it looks really nice! I guess overall I've been a little overwhelmed at the wide variety of models out there now, so many seem so similar -- really trying to avoid buyers remorse :P
that said, what I decide on may not even be available at the show for the price I want
Keep em comin, great tips so far!