when to go with a wide board?
I'm a guy, 6'1", 150lbs, shoe size: 10.5. Looking to get a board for this season. I mostly freeride (live in Chicago), dont plan to do much park, but do want to get into jumps/flips/180s/360s etc, so the lighter the board (maybe even shorter) the better. I like speed, so good stability at high speeds is a must, also must carve well. 80% of riding will be groomed, not powder.
...so looking for some suggestions, i hear good things about Ride, Forum, Stepchild, Never Summer. I also hear Burton is overrated/overpriced for the build quality. Someone recommended a 2009 Custom X 160 ($700 retail), but it's hard to catch a new one on ebay that goes for $465 (i've seen 2 go for that already).
also, i'm not sure how to determine when a wide board is needed. Is there a general rule of thumb for how much overhang your boots can have on each side before u need to go to a wide? The boots that seemed to fit very well for me were Salomon Symbio 28s or 28.5s...if that says anything.
If someone can recommend a good maybe stiffish board for my purposes (perhaps sub-$500), i'd appreciate it.