I am a 6'6" 250 lb man, and love my snowboarding. I am looking around right now because I am looking for a good all-mountain board, but only thing is I'm not the smallest guy in the world so that limits my selection of boards. I am really looking to know if anybody has an idea which is the best brand of wideboard on the market. any info would help, I currently ride a Burton Baron 167, basically once I get my new setup it's going to be my park/beataround board. thanks!
The best board depends on your riding style. What type of riding do you plan to be doing? From the sound of it, you want a board that you won't be using in the park. If that is the case, then Maybe you should look at the Rome Flag, Atomic Radon, Bataleon The Jam. Thats just a few. If you are going for a park board, I will let someone else recommend them.
Yeah. I am a size 14, I look like a sasquatch on my board haha. But this new board I'd like to use as more all mountain-all purpose type and not be doing too much jibbing, grinding, but I'd hit kickers with it. So whether I get some elevators on a smaller board, which I am not too comfortable with, or getting a nice wideboard is what I am debating. Wide I go a tad slower, which may be ok with me as I got a lot of momentum with my body as is, plus my board right now I have been happy with so I am very open to Burton...although I really am open to new brands like what others have had experiences with..
Ok, well I'm about your same height and weight and shoe size... I'm 6'3 250ish and a size 13.
I ride a Rome Flag 168 and love it. I came from a Ride Decade Wide and before that a Ride Yukon. The Rome has a bit more pop than the Yukon which I found to be a bit too stiff even at our advanced sizes... Don't get me wrong, the Yukon was awesome but I just like the handling characteristics of the Flag better. It's fast as shit too, when that thing is fresh off a waxing I keep up easily with my lightspeed skier friends on the slopes.
I equate the NS Titan to the Yukon as I got to ride my buddies at the end of last season. Great, solid board but super stiff. If you were going to be doing strictly steep and deep gnarly lines than for sure the Titan is the board I'd go with. For all around mountain riding and great pop in the tail I'll take my Flag any day.
Another board to consider is the LibTech SkunkApe BTX... I'm taking a look at this board as a potential addition to my quiver either later this season or for next year. This board is a bit more freestyle oriented as it is a true twin and it does come packed with great new tech like MagneTraction and Reverse Camber which will help hold the edge in icy conditions and float a bit better in the pow among other things. I can't speak on this boards performance yet since I haven't had a chance to demo it, but I've only heard good things.
Personally I really like my Flag and even if I get the SkunkApe, the Flag will still be my everyday board because it inspires that much confidence on the mountain. It is a huge jump up from what you are riding now for sure and can stand up to most gnarly of the gnarly conditions that you'll get into.
I ride a baron ES which is basically the custom X wide and really like it. Burton also makes wide versions of the T6 and Vapor which are their high end boards but they cost alot. I'm replacing my baron ES with a NS Legacy-R this season
Well I gotta say thank you to all those who are helping me with my decision. I am really happy with my Baron, but it's just getting old and beat up as I take it around Minnesota..used to before I discovered the greatness that is mountains. Around Minnesota there is nothing but hills and ice and I just am goin to be strictly mountains just because I get a lil depressed when it takes 3 minutes to get up a hill in MN and 1 minute to get down...just no ride there and really just one line you take down, no originality. But I am definately going to take a look at the Rome and Never Summer brands now that you all mention it. Thanks for the updates and keep posting..I'm sure it helps other folks who are big fatass giants like myself haha!