I wanted to ask how you feel that waist width affects your ride.
For example, how does waist width affect
When you look at a board's width specs and you see it's pretty wide or pretty narrow, what does that tell you about how the board will ride?
Its kind of a noob question...just read, research and ride more....you need to determine your style and the terrain/conditions that you ride....the hill makes the rider. OP idk where you ride...but a board made for pnw is going to be different than one made for EC...and such.
tip and tail width...really length is about design and snow conditions...thus shovel, pintail, swallow tail, short tail, taper, rock/flat/cam profiles
turning and carving... is about radius, length and torsional flex...also about turn types and skill
waist tends to determine edge to edge response or quickness...but also dependent on foot/boot size.
catchiness...is mostly about skill and is influenced by profile design.
straight line stability.... is about stiffness, length and profile design, i.e., camber
chatter...is about speed and longitudinal flexibility
landing...is about approach and take off...mostly skill
as you develop experience, skill and style...you will figure out your preferences...but it also depends on the terrain and snow conditions...thus the QUIVER