LibTech and GNU - Choice.
Having just hit a recent Demo Day I have decided against sticking with Burton for my new board (despite purchasing new Malavita ESTs this season, after my roofrack came off and broke my cartels!). Having spent a couple of hours trying out Hybrid cambers my Custom 09 Camber felt brutal and not as much fun. However the edge hold on the Burtons was terrible (loved the sherlock for a short fun-run on the day but I have to be honest in that I tend to be on hardpack).
Also Demoed a couple of Bataleons, amazing fun but on anything steep they just washed out on me.
Basically I'm now staring down the barre of Mervin boards. The last board I demoed was an Attack Banana. My stance was far too wide though so didn't massively enjoy it. But I'm going to bite the bullet and go Mervin. HOWEVER I just cannot decide between the following 3:
157 or 161.5 Travis Rice Pro HP (its either 157 or 161.5 - large jump)
157.5 or 161.5GNU Rides Choice
Im 6 ft .5 inch (184cm).
About 86 kgs without gear
Size 11 US. UK 10 Nike Kaiju boots (2012)
The sizing of the boards confuses me somewhat.
I'm looking for a board that is a bit of quiver killer for me on the mountain. but can take me to the next level with riding more switch, some kickers, a bit of playing in the trees and hopefully some Powder when I get down to Austria. I want to spinand play around, but bombing and carving are important (I board with Skiers mainly). I woudl ike something that goes from edge to edge nicely and is pretty catch-free.
Any thoughts about comparisons between the three. Money isn't a problem thankfully. No more chances to Demo either, and these boards seem to be selling out pretty quick here in Europe!
Please do follow-up with any other necessary questions!