I`m looking for a board witch leans abit more towards park as to speeding of pistes. I like a board with an extreme pop so I can turn every piste into a 'park' . I especially like doing big ollies/grab tricks when going fast on a red orso.
My first choice was the Ride Society (wich has superb graphics). But from reading all the posts here, I started to hesitate between the Ride Society and the Rome Agent
Can one give feedback who has experience with one of these boards or with another board for my purposes
Rome Agent, and they still have a few sizes left on sale at REI.com. I just got mine yesterday so I can't say from riding experience, just word of mouth. I would go with this board if you can afford it.
The K2 Darkstar got two awards and took the #1 board overall for boards under $400. It's purpose is to be an all around board, but geared towards freestyle. The AfterBlack is the wide version and the Believer is a little more expensive version, with a little more tech built in. I would have bought the the Believer in a local shop at 50% had I not bought the Agent, with the Darkstar/AfterBlack being my next choice.
Ride Society is supposed to be more than 60% park board from what I have read. The Concept TMS is the 60/40 you would want, also from what I have read. The graphics on those boards though are pretty poor and I haven't heard anything about their pop.
Thanks all for the reply's and other hints.
I`ve been looking deeper into all the boards and I`m probably going for the Rome Agent.
This seems to be the best board that matches my riding-style, and I start to like the graphics
Owjeh, Livelyjay? Could you post a review when you have ridden your Agent for the first time, or just give a fast feedback if possible? That will pull me over the line in making my decision
Ummmm, yeah, you're going to be waiting till November/December for my first review, because there's no snow left. My new boots get in today so I may stap into the board to see how poppy/buttery it is, but as for riding that won't happen for a very long time Here's my review: good price, good company, nice flex, conservative graphics, freestyle geared all mountain board, twinish shape. That's all I needed/wanted in a board (good price being #1). I picked it over the K2 mostly because of customer support. I actually heard back from Rome, whereas I heard nothing at all from K2 when I asked them questions.
Suburban Blend got a good suggestion in there with the Capita, but it's a directional board, where as the group I suggested are twin tips. Since you want an all-mountain that's more freestyle, I would definitely get something that is Twin or Twin-ish.
Yup, I totally agree with your constraints for a new board.
So thats it, I`m ordering the Rome Agent 160 (or 158). The other boards are nice suggestions but I also want a twin AND nice graphics (the other boards are rather ugly, especially the capital.) So basically the Rome Agent is it for me.
Now it`s just a matter of finding an online retailer that can deliver in Europe (not as trivial as you think it is ).
PS: @LivelyJay too bad you have too wait some time to ride your Agent on the snow. Must be hard to have a very nice board but to wait 5 months before riding