How much will I benefit from a new board?
So, here it is. Back in around 2000, I bought a 162 Rozzy Nomad all mountain board. Didn't really use it for a few years, but soon found myself going to Sunshine Village at least a few times a week during a couple winters where my ability went from greens/blues to triple black diamond runs and all that crazy steep pow fun. Did some tricks, method, 180, but nothing more than that really. My board is really heavy, being a wide board with a waist measurement of 275, which is good clearance. Very stiff board that actually does amazingly well in powder, until you wanna jump or do any tricks in the air or otherwise with it. On a few occasions I'd do some butters or ride switch, but my binding setup was quite freeride positive, lol.
Anyways, went out at the end of last season and it got me stoked on riding again. My local hill, Castle Mountain is steep and deep with three different parks - no half pipe.
I love doing up the powder, but this winter I'd like to try out a new stance more made for tricking out/switch, but REALLY concerned about not being able to handle the pow days as well as with the old rozzy. Maybe someone could shed light on the technology since 2000 that would help an all mountain freestyle board such as the 2011 Ride Machete 161w that I have set aside for tomorrow. It's definitely not as stiff, or as heavy. I hear somewhat mixed reviews about the boards attitude in powder. I wanna jump and trick it up, try out rails, but just curious if I'm going to be losing a lot with not using an all mountain board like the rozzy was. I'm presuming the technology in even the most freestyle oriented board would beat out a freeride board made 11 years ago, maybe not.
I'm stoked on the Machete, but wanna make sure I'm not gonna be disappointed in spending $370 bucks on it. Also wouldn't mind the readers insights into whether to upgrade board first or bindings/boots? I figure board first, but it means I'll be using all mountain Salomon bindings/boots with the Machete.