So, I'm an old man (33) who began snowboarding in the mid 90's (maybe -93?) but due to a number of reasons, mainly injuries, haven't been snowboarding alot since 2001. I'm now thinking about buying a new board for a long awaited comeback. My current board is an Elan Element 155 from 2001 with burton mission bindings and Ruler shoes and compared to my last board (Forum - Peter Line) it feels pretty damn stiff. It's a cambered and directional board.
I have no idea whether I'm intermediate or advanced or whatever, but between 1998-2001 I lived at a skiresort and did some competitions in Big Jump/ Q-pipe.
When I do go to the slopes nowadays I try to stay away from groomed jumps/ parks and just freeride preferably offpiste if conditions allow. Otherwise i bomb groomers. I love powder, but living in south of Norway I might get 1 really good powder day pr
. year (> 10 inches) if I'm lucky. Generally my riding consist of carving choppy, hard or bumpy offpiste searching for pow or carving groomers searching for the same thing. But you can also find me digging a kicker if conditions allow.
I've searched the forum for answers and as I understand there's heaps of differnet designs out ther nowadays; camber, rocker, rocker -camber, s-rocker etc.
160 lbs (with clothes)
10 size boot
18-19 inches stance
Since Burton had a good reputation when I was riding I'm now considering the Custom X - 158. I've also looked in to the RC profiles of the Never summer snowboards. The few times I have ridden deep powder my Elan hasn't really felt that floaty and leg burn has been a major issue.
What do u guys think, will the Custom X be to stiff? I'd really love a board that could swallow some of the vibrations when riding in bad conditions (hard/choppy) offpiste. I like to go fast and realise that my leg muscles will be the limiting factor at this point and not skills or board. The good thing though is that I think my old thigh muscles will be pretty fast to catch up.
Other suggestions for boards?