New board/bindings thoughts
Hi guys...yeah, another new guy looking for opinions on getting a new board.
I'm 5'9", 190 lbs, size 9.5 boot. I ride in the Pacific Northwest (Washington state and Whistler a lot) with an annual trip elsewhere (Colorado, Montana, Tahoe, etc). I've been boarding for 9 years (maybe 15-20 days a season) and consider myself Advanced. I do NOT ride the park...mostly carving on groomers and off into the trees looking for powder (which sucks on my K2 Disciple 155).
After some research and chatting with people at the shops, I've narrowed it down to:
-Gnu Rider's Choice 157.5
-LibTech TRS 159
-NS Proto CT 157 or 160
-NS Heritage 158 or 160
Like I said...basically no need for anything beneficial in the park...just something that will give me the response and control to take it to the next level.
Also...any recommendations on bidnings? I got some Ride Insano boots and am tempted by the Flow NX2-SEs, but still skeptical of the support/responsiveness of the rear-entry system. I am clearly not loyal to any brand but do like the idea of a toe cap.
Sorry to "clutter" the board, but seeking informed opinions from someone not selling me stuff.
I'm 5'9" 150 lbs - I've been riding ~16 seasons at roughly 30-35 days a season and I own the NS Proto 154 and the NS SL 155. If you do zero park, I would take the Proto off (maybe consider the Cobra 161 instead - although I haven't ridden that model yet). I find my SL a little soft for pure freeriding (although I like to take it into the park a lot), so I think a Heritage 160 would be good for you.
Those are my opinions - but be wary of novice/intermediate riders giving "expert advice". Here is some video of me riding the SL 155 (at 145-150 lbs, which is why I think you could step up to a ~160 Heritage/Cobra).
Carving groomers on the NS SL 155 you can see my carved tracks at 1:10.
Assorted clips of me riding an older model SL 155 mainly to convince you that a 160 would not be too long for you at 190 lbs.
Go look at a Flow Drifter. $420 retail and with MORE tech than all but that Riders Choice from your list.
Others to peek at: Signal OG Flat, K2 Turbo Dream or Slayblade, Ride Berzerker, or Bataleon Goliath. For various reasons I would rather ride any one of those more than your current options.
Thanks for the input so far.
Being a just above casual rider makes sorting through all the options so difficult. Thought I wanted an Arbor due to the looks alone...did some reading/window shopping and heard a lot of good about the Riders Choice. Then more reading/window shopping and next thing I know the Arbor is out and I'm considering NS or Libtech (had never heard of either brand).
Now Nivek's blown open even more options. I've been ho-hum with my K2 Disciple and heard not so great stuff about K2 boards. Interesting that you like 2 of them better than the others (seems like NS and Libtech get a lot of love).
My thought is there are countless boards out there. A lot of them are fun to ride. If you keep widening your options... you are never going to decide. The best option is to demo a board and if you like it ... get it.
Problem is no time to demo (2.5 yr old twins at home)...no snow here yet and not sure where to demo these options (I think the local resorts demo Rossi, Burton, and K2).
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