help choosing first board
i'm looking to buy my first snowboard. I learned how to snowboard 6 years ago; however I haven't had the chance to snowboard regularly each season. this winter i'm moving to new england, so i think buying a board would be worthwhile.
i would say i'm an intermediate rider, although ive not properly tried tricks in the park. i'm looking for a versatile "all mountain" snowboard so i can not only continue to ride on trails but learn how do a few tricks. i'm about 5"4, 18 years old, i would to spend less than $250 for a board if possible.
i've done a bit of research, but i'm still a bit overwhelmed with the vast number of brands and choices. there are hardly any reviews on women's snowboards but ive come up with k2 luna, burton lux, burton alpha, capita le tigre, rome blue, flow infinia.
do you know where i can find reviews on women's boards? if not, would it be better to broaden my search and look at men's boards as well? will men's boards come in my size?
in terms of quality, how do burton, capita, flow, atomic, sims, and salomon compare?
could you offer any advice? it would be highly appreciated!