Dark Series, TRS, or Rider's Choice BTX?
Hey guys I just need some advice regarding my first board. Some info about me...
I'm 20 years old, 5'11", I weigh in around 180-190 lbs (it fluctuates a bit, depending on the time of season bc of sports and all...) and I live on the east coast up in Rochester, NY (Bristol Mtn anyone?). I've boarded for the last half of this past season and I absolutely loved it.
Yeah yeah, I know I sound like a sucker trying to buy expensive boards and all, but the thing is that I've been longboarding for about 2 years now on a Loaded Vanguard so when I made the transition from pavement to snow, it was amazing and friggin liberating...I was able to handle myself on some black diamonds by my 3rd day boarding, ever. It's nothing to brag about, but I think it goes so far as to say that I past the whole "feel out the board and the mountain" phase...I wanna get serious this season...
Anyways, I've been looking at the Dark Series, TRS and RC all in BTX. I don't really have a budget since I've been saving up for this for the past year...At first I was gun-ho on the TRS, but I've looked at reviews about its stiffness and more importantly, the TNT base...the Rider's Choice then came in with it's sintered base which sounds more appealing to me, and finally I've read around that the Dark Series is pretty nasty all around with some crazy technology.
I've purposely left out my preference for the park and just straight bombing and carving, because I'm really not too sure about that stuff. I absolutely love carving and crave speed, so I definitely want my board to be capable of handling that sort of stuff, and I think I'd like to head on out to the park or get some ramps here and there, but nothing too crazy...If I did start to crave the park, I'd consider buying a board specifically for that purpose, but for now I'd rather have an all round board...well, all around with a focus on free riding.
Any suggestions for which board?
Also, does the sintered base of the GNU RC make it a faster ride? And how about the stiffness between the TRS and the GNU RC?