2015 Never Summer Infinity
I'm an intermediate rider, 4'11 and 100-105lbs, on a 142 Infinity paired with Burton Stilettos (until I upgrade the bindings) and 32 Binary Boa boots. Conditions were typical early season east coast yuck on a drizzly day. Picture a snow cone - yup, kinda like that. Only a few runs open, no terrain parks available, so this is more of a first impression that I will update as I get more into the season.
First impressions...whoa this board is fun as shit. I was jumping up in size about 6cm, so I had a little adjusting to do - but this board was easy to fall in love with. It allowed me to go quite fast while still staying stable, blasting through the chunky, icy mess of snow. Despite the shit conditions, this board made the day an absolute joy. Nice rebound coming out of turns, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well it held an edge in the conditions I was dealing with. Got decent pop out of ollies and it was flexy enough to do some presses on the snow.
In my search for a new board, I demo'ed some friends boards last season, and actually bought a smaller NS Onyx over the summer, as I was under the impression that under 140 was the size I needed (store people basing board length on height is how I got into that mess). I can't give a fair impression of the Onyx because it was a mini and too small for me - and waaaay too flexy. A non-mini Onyx would have been much better, I'm sure - so just be aware that if you are small like me and looking at the NS women's line, stay away from the youth boards. I chose the Infinity because I haven't gotten into park as much as I thought - I dabble here and there, and i'm excited to take the Infinity on a park lap when it opens. I'm not a hard charger either and not a fan of stiff boards, so that eliminated the Raven. I hadn't found the board that "clicked" with me and felt natural to ride - until I rode the Infinity. I really can't wait to take it on better conditions because if I had this much fun in snow cone conditions...it's gonna be a real treat when the whole mountain is open and we get some snow. As cheesy as this may sound, it got me super excited to start progressing and pushing myself again - a feeling I was starting lose when I outgrew my previous board.
I'll add more info as I get more riding in and as I'm able to take it into more varied terrain. But as of right now, I'm pretty sure I've found my soul mate.