Sorry for the long post, i just started writing and coulndt shutup.
I was 90% sure i was going to get a Rome Anthem before i stumbled across this forum. I have scoured and read every forum post that has to do with the Rome Anthem or Agent. Im still torn but think im leaning more towards the agent now.
A bit of history about myself, i guess im still a noob boarder. Last season was my first go. I used to surf in south africa and also skate board so i think i picked it up quite easily. That balance definately helps. The instructor took me on a red run on my first day of lessons while the rest of the class were waiting at the bottom :P didnt go back for the second day. and rode a black slope on my last day of the week. (the easiest one on the mountain though
but hey. Now im hooked. Im soooo keen for this season to start. But need the equipment.
Now i see myself doing 90% of my riding on the slopes next trip, i figured i need to improve my riding before i learn to jump :P lame attempt at a pun. i still wana be able to jump and maybe start a few tricks. Wont be in the park that much at all but as i read the Agent is an all mountain friendly board, that makes the mountain your play ground. I wana hit the lips and jump going off piste. wana ride powder when i find it, ledge drops. In kirchburg austria last year there were these natral half pipes, 3 mini valleys in a row that you could jump from one to the next, it was awesome.
Now theres my dilema. The Anthem would be better for freeriding down mountains and seeing as im not going to be in the park it would seem to be the one to chose. I hear its less forgiving though, stiffer and i may catch my edges a bit more and fall on my ass if i took it over the agent. it has its advantages for being able to go faster, hold its edge better, is quicker. But i guess u have to be more aggressive.
The Agent, now will it be more forgiving for the non expert? Which board would help me improve the most over a season do you think? Considering i will be riding mainly slopes. Aargghh. Its doing my head in not being able to chose. So im asking for your help!
Im looking for a board that would suite my level and help me progress the most while mainly free riding, doing some tricks but nothing to fancy.
Maybe both boards are a bit advanced for me i dont know. But im a fast learner.
Im looking at 08 versions of these boards as i found some sweet deals online. And heard the 09 agent is a bit wacked.
im also 160 lbs and 5'8 so thinking a 156 is ideal.
Binding wise i would go for the rome 390s, 08 or 09 depending on what i find. Im a size 9 or 10, still need to get my boots from the local shop down the road and that size is right in the middle of romes binding sizes. a mini dilema to chose between s/m or l/xl.
Again sorry for the long wall of text, i hope your eyes arent bleeding.