G'day guys and gals,
I'm in a bit of a pickle and would love some input from you folks with more knowledge than me. I know the whole "which board?!" question is a common one but I think the opinions expressed tend to help many more than just the OPs. I've read a bunch of the threads here but none of them have directly answered what I need so here I am.
Here's my deal, I've only been riding for two years now but I'd say pretty confidently that I'm at an intermediate to advanced level in most conditions except rails and jibbing. I guess the idea of broken bones doesn't appeal to me as I'm in a pretty well payed industry that doesn't tolerate dometic injuries too well so I really only hit the park when it's on the way to the gondy, I don't really head up and down the park all day.
I would say I ride around 30% on the groomers, 60% off piste/chasing pow and the remaining 10% in the park hitting jumps mostly and the odd box (no rails really). In saying that whether I'm on a groomed run or in the deeper stuff I'm constantly looking for any features that I can hit and just generally fucking about doing presses, throwing a few spins in the mix etc. I do ride fast particularly in fresh snow and I prefer to ride pretty hard rather than just cruising around.
I'm about 6' on the dot, normally weigh around 190 lbs and have a size 10 hoof in Northwave Decade SLs.
I spent the last season riding a 161 Burton Joystick through Japan, Whistler and the French Alps and while it's a fun board to ride and is brilliant in deep snow it's a bit of a nightmare when bombing down anything a bit harder packed and ice is a definite nemises, great going straight line at a billion kms per hour but when carving the edge hold isn't great and I found myself washing out on occasion. I also found the 161 a little long for me in tighter tree runs and would like the option of a something a little shorter if it'll work out.
I'm sold on Lib Tech after spending some time on a mate's T Rice Limited and I'm tossing up between a T Rice Pro HP and the TRS. I know I'm on the heavier end for the 157 in both but I'd like to go a 157 if I could get away with it. Would I realistically have any issues belting through powder with a 157 In either board considering the TRice is a bit wider than average and the TRS is XC2?
I'm still a little confused regarding the difference between the two boards to be honest apart from the sintered base of the TRice vs the extruded on the TRS. The 2014 TRS has XC2 BTX but how is that going to make the board ride compared to last year's C2? Too many weird acronyms with too little explanation IMO.
As for bindings, I'm currently using Cartel ESTs but they obviously won't work with the Lib due to the whole EST thing. I like the look of the Burton Genesis reflex bindings but I don't know a whole lot about what might better suit. I'm not necessarily sold on Burton bindings so I'm open to other brands but I have been really impressed with the cartels.
Right, so there's a giant rant. Sorry about that but hopefully a few of you can help me out a bit with either board selection or binding recommendations, or both.
Thanks in advance guys, very much appreciated.