women's board for cautious intermediate rider
I demo'd a Burton Lipstick board this weekend and loved it. I tried the 141 and 145, but the 141 suited me better, even though it's a little too small for my 5'5" 124lb self. That may partially be setup. The 145's stance was about the same width as my old 143 Roxy, and due to a hip problem, I can't stand that wide anymore without discomfort.
While I loved the Lipstick, the price was a little high, especially since I'd need to get EST bindings. Also, some reviews say the Lipstick doesn't have the best edge hold. I board in Tahoe, so more often than not, it's hard pack. I don't need ice-grips, but I want to feel secure on hard pack.
I currently have Salomon Absolute bindings that are about four years old and in great shape because I only board 3-5 days a year. I also have Salomon Ivy Boa boots, size 7.5, that I picked up last year.
While I've been boarding for years, I don't go often, and I am very cautious (read: scaredy cat). I don't like to go fast. I am happy on greens with the occasional blue. I never go off the beaten path. I ride the hills in the baby park and aspire to one day actually jump a little. I consider myself intermediate in that I can link turns fine, but I sometimes struggle turning to toe smoothly with my Roxy. I'm looking for a board that turns easily, has decent grip, and will be stable at moderate speeds.
After a lot of reading and confusion, here's what I'm considering:
K2 Bright Lite/Lunatique 142 (weight range is surprisingly up to 160lbs)
GNU B-Nice (sounds pretty good overall, but I'd need a 145 and am concerned about maneuverability with a narrower stance)
Any thoughts or other suggestions? I'd like to stay under $400 MSRP. Thanks!
Last edited by leia1979; 02-12-2013 at 12:27 PM.