Advice on my first freeride board
Current boards Arbor Element Camber NS Evo RC 158s... Much more a fan of the NS tech, was toying with the idea of adding a dedicated freeride board (the Evo is really fun, but at that size and flex speed is really not an option).
Here's what I'm wondering... looking to stay with NS, basically trying to decide between the Heritage, Premier F1, and Raptor, as well as proper board length. I wouldn't say a 158 is too short, but I have no trouble controlling a board that size. That said, what do you ladies and gents recommend as far as these boards go?
Directional twin (I think), so easier to ride switch than the other two
Damp 8.5!!! (This is the main thing I'm looking to differentiate from the Evo)
No carbonium/laminate (old tech, or is there a reason it's omitted from this board?)
Based on what I've read, I'm leaning towards a NS deck with Carbonium... my Evo doesn't have it so I'd just like something different -- I bought the Evo because it would be different than the Arbor and I prefer the RC tech as well as the centered stance -- which the Heritage keeps, I believe as the only one of the three. But please, talk me into whatever you recommend, looking for some input quickly, as prices and inventory still look good. Also, sizewise? Weightwise I'll never realistically drop below 180lbs, but I'm really not looking for a board that rides me. That said, I want something longer than what I ride now. Go 160-161, or 163-164? If the board is more flexible, like the Heritage, is longer less of an issue? Basically I'm trying to get something still all-mountain, but I'll know my boards apart blindfolded, if that makes sense? Or if I'm looking to maximize dampness, is the Premier what I'll want, even if it's directional?
My gut says go with a 162 Heritage (or 160? Gaaah!), but interested in getting 2 cents from others. Thanks!
2010 Arbor Element
2010 Rome Targa
2011 NS Evo
2011 Rome 390 Boss
2009 Salomon F22