I am looking for a new board because my Rome reverb rocker just does not work well for what I do. I mostly just carve blacks and never go to the park. I also want a board that can handle powder well since I do see powder a few times a year. I weigh about 130lb and am 5'9" with a size 9.5 boot. My bindings are flux dmcc-lights if that matters. I was really interested in the never summer raptor but am not sure if the 156 is too big or not. I am also considering the 154 Jones flagship but would rather get the raptor if it isn't too big. I will also take other suggestions.
Raptor if you are into high speed carving with powder capability or a 153 cobra if you want something just a little more playful. You have to probably be on your game all the time with that raptor though because you are slightly undersized
I've got about 18 days on my Virus so far. I've used this in all conditions and for a big mountain board I haven't been on anything even close to it. For carving, powder, etc. it's just significantly better than even a Burton T7 which is supposed to be a great big mountain board.
I'm not sure how it compares to the other exotics (Kessler Ride, Oxess Freeride, Donek Incline, Prior Mens Freeride), but compared to any mass produced freeride board I've tried, it's on another planet.
When I bought it I tried to ride it with an open mind. And I've been on several "normal" boards since then (Burton T7, Burton Custom, Palmer Platinum), and this board is just better. I know it's subjective, but it's better.
Okay I'm done gushing... the only problem is it's about $1400 by the time it's shipped from Germany.
There are lots of other options. First you should probably decide if you want a RCR or CRC variant. They ride very differently even for similar styles of board. I prefer CRC such as NS or Lib C2BTX. You could look at a Lib TRS 154, Trice 150/53 or attack banana 153 or GNU Riders Choice 154.5