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How does one come to the conclusion that the Highlife is all mountain freestyle? Its pretty strictly a freeride deck.

The BSOD might be a quiver killer for some, but its not a freeride deck for anyone not sponsored by Capita. Or probably shouldnt be at least, its just not stiff enough to be freeride in my experience.

Mtn Twin is a good deck, but the Flagship, or for 2014 the Aviator, is a better choice from Jones.

PYL is definitely a good pick.

My pick would be the K2 Ultra Dream. Crazy float, fun stability, great edgehold as long as you know how to use your edges, and nimble. I had a Blast riding th 161. Size up though, cause those tips make the EE shorter than average. Normally I'd be on a 56 in that type of board, the 58 would be ideal, the 61 would be stupid fast in deep snow. So for everything at 180, go for the 61.

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I vote for the PYL.
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I vote for the PYL.
Have you tried one?
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Do you think the 160 mountain twin or the 161 PYL will be long enough for me as I'm 6'2

The next size up in both boards is a wide and I ride with size 10.5 boots and medium bindings. I don't really need a wide board do I?
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Do you think the 160 mountain twin or the 161 PYL will be long enough for me as I'm 6'2

The next size up in both boards is a wide and I ride with size 10.5 boots and medium bindings. I don't really need a wide board do I?
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Do you think the 160 mountain twin or the 161 PYL will be long enough for me as I'm 6'2

The next size up in both boards is a wide and I ride with size 10.5 boots and medium bindings. I don't really need a wide board do I?
I don't know. Height is 90% meaningless in snowboard size.

At 180lbs the Mtn Twin would be better in a 61w if you're looking to float and don't wear anything smaller than 10.5's.

PYL is alright in the 61, but same goes for that too. If you're not rocking smaller feet the 61w will float better.

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How does one come to the conclusion that the Highlife is all mountain freestyle? Its pretty strictly a freeride deck.

The BSOD might be a quiver killer for some, but its not a freeride deck for anyone not sponsored by Capita. Or probably shouldnt be at least, its just not stiff enough to be freeride in my experience.

Mtn Twin is a good deck, but the Flagship, or for 2014 the Aviator, is a better choice from Jones.

PYL is definitely a good pick.

My pick would be the K2 Ultra Dream. Crazy float, fun stability, great edgehold as long as you know how to use your edges, and nimble. I had a Blast riding th 161. Size up though, cause those tips make the EE shorter than average. Normally I'd be on a 56 in that type of board, the 58 would be ideal, the 61 would be stupid fast in deep snow. So for everything at 180, go for the 61.
Hey! Thanks for the info. I've contacted a few people on craigslist selling the K2
Does it/will it handle well on groomers? My gf skis so i spend quite a bit of time (begrudgingly) riding piste and enjoying little side hits.
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@Tom: Yeah, I own one. Usually ride in Whis too but only have 2 days on the board.
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The highlife is most definitely not a twin board. It's an all-mountain ripper, you may be thinking of the Berserker.
Absolutely correct on the Highlife - a real charging board. But even the Berzerker is still on the freeride/all-mountain freestyle side of things.
Both those boards would work for the OP, I think. For most people the Berzerker is more than enough for pretty much all riding and it is a more versatile board for sure - one has to be pretty dedicated to mostly charge hard down the steeps in order to justify the upgrade to the Highlife with its inherent limitations.

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i have a million tabs open on my browser and have done for weeks now!!!
why is choosing a board so hard!?

i was hoping to demo all the boards then choose. But there is a serious board drought in Whistler. So i'm probably going to end up buying online...
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