Hi, im new here!
I’m Dutch, and as you probably know Holland is flat. That means to go snowboarding I can go indoors (sucks) or I can go to the Alps. I’ve been doing the last for about 18 years now. Been on a snowboard for about 14 years. However, time is usually limited to 1 week a year, sometimes 2 but no more than that
The last 5 years I’ve been riding on a K2 Titan 159 (2007 model) I had burton mission bindings but broke a highback, no spare parts where we were so had to buy a new set… I ended up buying burton triads (2009 I think). Because they were 50% off and I didn’t have a ton of money at the time. Not the best combination but ok….
I like freeriding, bit of an all mountain boarder and like to try everything (except rails, not a fan of them, they hurt!) jumps are cool but really need to practice more on them. I'm pretty good at charging down the mountain at 85+km/h but it's time for something new!
Because the K2 titan is a real stiff board and more of a ‘charge down the mountain / endless grip and pressure’ kind of board I’m looking in to getting something that is more playful. That’ll be good fun to do some jumps with and has some more pop.
Did some research and read a bunch of reviews and It seems like the Jones Mountain Twin is a good board for me, good at a lot of stuff, can still go fast and do powder and groomers without a problem but more fun to be on than my titan. All the reviews I found keep saying ‘best all mountain board of this season’.
Info about me:
Age: 28 years old
Length 1.93 meters (that’s 6ft 5”)
Weight 86kg’s (thats just under 190 lbs)
Boots Salomon pledge 45 2/3 (US size 11-11.5)
Budget doesn’t really bother me too much.
So a few questions:
-What do you think about my choice, the jones mountain twin, does it sound good for me? If not, what would you pick for me?
-Boardlength; I’m on a titan 159 (titan is a wide board). Do I need a wide board? At the moment my bindings are at 15 degrees forward and 12 degrees back (duck stance). Go for the 160? Or the 161XL? What’s your opinion? Read somewhere that the mountain twin is a ‘mid / wide board’ so that I probably won’t need a wide version??
-New bindings? Burton triads are more of a freestyle binding, switch to something like Cartels? I keep having issues with the screws of the highback coming lose on burton bindings, so I’m thinking about a different brand… all tips are welcome.
Bit of an offtopic question: I have always had my bindings on the reference stance on my board. I’m pretty tall so would you guys advise me to increase the distance between the bindings a bit? Probably just try and see how it feels but is there a sort of reference chart for how far apart to put the bindings?
Sorry for the wall of text, hope you guys can help me with some advice!