I made a thread before, but it was too vague, I got some great suggestions out of it, but now I've narrowed down to a couple of boards and I know its hard to just ask "this versus that" because boards are for different purposes, so I will share a bit of info about myself.
150 - 155lbs
8.5 - 9
2002/2003(no idea) 157 Santa Cruz Cranial Study
- I don't know much about this board, because I barely even remember when I bought it. I'm pretty sure it's a traditional camber board with not a lot of tech, I also think it's a wee bit big for me.
What I like from my current ride:
Holds edge well, even on ice.
Keeps it's speed on flat ground.
Durable, barely has any chips (had it for 10 years now)
Pretty stable and not jittery
What I don't like from my current ride:
Feels like a boat, not nimble and hard to maneuver
Too stiff for any sort of playfulness, hard to butter or press (or even learn)
Feels very heavy on feet, not comfortable doing spins (maybe cause its too big for me)
My riding ability/style:
I am not speed oriented.
I am self taught and I like to play around on flat ground.
I am more of a relaxed rider I don't bomb or charge steep hills.
I like to ride around all over, i like to turn more than I do going straight down.
I like to hit natural bumps to get some air or any other obstacles, I am pretty adventurous.
What I am looking for from my new board(setup):
I am looking to improve my riding ability, work on my carves and get more comfortable with speed.
I am NOT looking to hit any big jumps, but may start learning rails/boxes.
I am looking at something that can handle ice coast and light pow, nothing thats knee deep.
I want to feel more connected to my board, feel light on my feet.
I like to play around while riding with my friends, some of whom are beginners so to have a less boring ride, i like to play around with the board.
Given that, I am currently leaning toward the 154 Never Summer Proto CT
however I'd rather get something cheaper and have money left over for more lift tix, boots and bindings (also I pay for my gf so need more money there).
With that I am comparing the Machete
or Machete GT
for my needs, however if the Proto CT
is much more compatible with what I want, then I will splurge on it.
I am open to any other suggestions..so far on my list are
GNU Riders Choice
Never Summer Heritage
If most of these boards are good for me and it's just a matter of brand preference, that's okay too and I'll just pick one and maybe go with the 2011 Machete
and save even more money.
Feel free to throw in boots, bindings recommendations if you have any. I am looking for a brand new full setup.
hope this is less vague than my original thread