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      I'm a bit "fairweather" these days. Western Canada. No new snow and I'll usually skip. Before the peanut gallery chimes in, almost 20 years ago (holy fak it is weird to say that) I lived and worked at my local, and you know.. rode majority days a week depending on the hangover...
      I guess I'm wondering most about: I'm getting older, riding less often so skills aren't as sharp, wondering if a more forgiving board will alleviate the skyrocketing lactic acid buildup in the quads because of limited days out, lol. Still gonna ride trees and steeps though, looking for fresh, and there's always the chance of some Cat access trips. So having a board that floats well, can handle my weight, has some grip for the groomies BUT can make it a bit easier appeals to me.
      Really appreciate your info, Cheers
      As a large older rider (40! Send me to the glue factory 6’5 240, 13 street 11.5 boot, wide ass feet) and someone the last two years that has gotten 100+ days (30 in the non-zoom boom era) there were a couple thing I’ve found

      1. I used to get stupid foot cramps and leg pain, i shipped in about 8 different boots until I found a snug but not painful pair, ended up with K2 thraxis and am a huge fan of the internal boa cuff for snuggling up my heal, didn’t do the mondo stuff at the time just tried boots until I found my Cinderella slipper and returned the rest

      2. went to the local shop and spent 60 on custom ortho beds, this was the game changer now have them in all my shoes but between the boots and beds my legs feel pretty good!

      3. Added 15 minutes of stretching, planks, and body weight squats and lunges, got arthritis in both knees and my doc told me keeping them moving every day is my best bet

      4. grabbed 2 padded knee braces, not only do they keep my stance better and add support but the padding has saved me on a few tumbles as I try not to be a train wreck at switch

      Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support - Knee Brace for Athletes with Medical Grade Compression - Stabilization and Patellar Knee Pad Amazon.com

      5. Added collagen peptides, glucosamine, tumarec to my daily vitamins, collagen surprisingly good in coffee!

      6. Bought a few compression ice wraps for the leg, if I find a sore point I’ll wrap it up for 20-30 minutes and it typically goes away

      7. your point on boards, everything used to be a stiff directional free ride deck chasing steeps (thus why my switch sucks, diversify kids!) now my favorite boards are more flexy and forgiving, sure I still have some battle sticks for back bowl days but I find myself (and my body) enjoying more playful flexy decks that don’t require as much constant mental/physical attention, frankly as I chase my kids around I’m rediscovering the joy of butters, weird carves and surfing the rollers on greens and mellow blues. Even when I go out solo I’ll do a morning of back bowls while the conditions are soft and then move to the front side for zen turns


      Current favorite flexy decks (240lbs so your mileage may vary)

      1. Archetype 160w
      2. Moss SnowStick Mini long 165
      3. Signal Tailgunner 166
      4. K2 Party Platter 157

      for what you are describing my archetype is my go to deck, between the PYL and Hybrid I’d grab the Hybrid, more playful, better float, still great edge hold, the pyl is a pure directional free ride stick that I like best for mixed conditions and bombing.

      You mentioned your quads being on fire, do you lift bruh? My at home leg baseline per day is 15 body weight squats, 10 lunges on each leg and a 1:30/2:00 minute wall sit, I’ve found this little diddy each day keeps my legs ready for when I want to jump into a sesh
       
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      As a large older rider (40! Send me to the glue factory 6’5 240, 13 street 11.5 boot, wide ass feet) and someone the last two years that has gotten 100+ days (30 in the non-zoom boom era) there were a couple thing I’ve found

      1. I used to get stupid foot cramps and leg pain, i shipped in about 8 different boots until I found a snug but not painful pair, ended up with K2 thraxis and am a huge fan of the internal boa cuff for snuggling up my heal, didn’t do the mondo stuff at the time just tried boots until I found my Cinderella slipper and returned the rest

      2. went to the local shop and spent 60 on custom ortho beds, this was the game changer now have them in all my shoes but between the boots and beds my legs feel pretty good!

      3. Added 15 minutes of stretching, planks, and body weight squats and lunges, got arthritis in both knees and my doc told me keeping them moving every day is my best bet

      4. grabbed 2 padded knee braces, not only do they keep my stance better and add support but the padding has saved me on a few tumbles as I try not to be a train wreck at switch

      Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support - Knee Brace for Athletes with Medical Grade Compression - Stabilization and Patellar Knee Pad Amazon.com

      5. Added collagen peptides, glucosamine, tumarec to my daily vitamins, collagen surprisingly good in coffee!

      6. Bought a few compression ice wraps for the leg, if I find a sore point I’ll wrap it up for 20-30 minutes and it typically goes away

      7. your point on boards, everything used to be a stiff directional free ride deck chasing steeps (thus why my switch sucks, diversify kids!) now my favorite boards are more flexy and forgiving, sure I still have some battle sticks for back bowl days but I find myself (and my body) enjoying more playful flexy decks that don’t require as much constant mental/physical attention, frankly as I chase my kids around I’m rediscovering the joy of butters, weird carves and surfing the rollers on greens and mellow blues. Even when I go out solo I’ll do a morning of back bowls while the conditions are soft and then move to the front side for zen turns


      Current favorite flexy decks (240lbs so your mileage may vary)

      1. Archetype 160w
      2. Moss SnowStick Mini long 165
      3. Signal Tailgunner 166
      4. K2 Party Platter 157

      for what you are describing my archetype is my go to deck, between the PYL and Hybrid I’d grab the Hybrid, more playful, better float, still great edge hold, the pyl is a pure directional free ride stick that I like best for mixed conditions and bombing.

      You mentioned your quads being on fire, do you lift bruh? My at home leg baseline per day is 15 body weight squats, 10 lunges on each leg and a 1:30/2:00 minute wall sit, I’ve found this little diddy each day keeps my legs ready for when I want to jump into a sesh
      Wow dude, you've got a lot of great info there! Thank you! I hope it can be useful for a lot of others like us as well, because I haven't come across a lot of stuff around the interwebs with our bracket in mind. Glad I posted here.

      Yah for sure I've got a stretch routine, mostly stolen from P90X. Side note: I haven't done that program in a long time, but especially with the Yoga your legs get in great sporting shape. I was hustling down down a flight of stairs once and tripped near the top...landed about 6 or 7 steps down on the ball of one foot, one hand on the rail, balanced and recovered. Always attributed that save to the yoga in that program...

      Anyway my mondo is only just in the 10.5 SB boot mark. Maybe 'ol Snow Hound will feel redeemed, knowing I'm on the short end of that, but unfortunately I don't get to ride enough to pack em out too quick anyway. I'll stuff some foam in if I was really that worried. Sure, maybe I could have gone 10s, but I think he read my post wrong. Comfy around the calf..toes are decently jammed.
      Also, while wrapped in experience, that Wiredsport vid is still pretty opinioned, and overstating things IMO... If I cut my toe-box right the f off, pretty sure I could still get from toe to heel-side with marginal difference in effort, after all laced and ratcheted and high-backed. Height of the toe-box would be more important. You guys rocking tighties would not like the feel of kiteboard sandal straps... Wiredsport making it sound like you'll be a 200% better rider if you drop half a boot size...lol that's redic.

      Toe pain could go either way, and is the most important ..I work in steel-toes so, I feel like I know what the knock vs the curl is, I feel like they're curled. The construction layering probably a big factor there if my new ones end up being in-fact slightly too big.

      Ortho beds I haven't tried in a riding boot yet, but I have in all my work boots and they're great, so after I wear the stock pads out I'll give a try. Might alleviate something. Also my local is a skiers mntn so a lot of steep, tracked and moguls is what's wearing me out. Trying to keep up...

      Wore a knee brace for a few years while playing field sports in my 20s, but somehow my knee got better and haven't needed one since. But thanks for the brand recommendation. I remember it was a bitch trying to find a good one back then...

      I'll subscribe to the collagen for a trial..Anyway really should knock off the French Vanilla serum provided at my work, and get back to black.

      So to OP's original question, and my own, sounds like the Hybrid should do well in Moguls (moderate flexy), Trees (decently quick edge to edge), Groomies and Icy (good edge hold / carve / tapered under-bite), Pow (float), and Forgiveness (back to flexy).

      As long as the "flexy" isn't to much for 225-240lb, I'm fairly sold on trying this deck out in the 161.

      Seems like relative to PYL drawbacks are: not as stable high-speed / bombing, and not as capable in the chunder / variable snow...Maybe buttering too if that's your move.

      They PYL graphics are better to me as well, but...spacey black-hole forests, man...

      I guess I'll keep holding out for the container ship backlog to subside and get these things in... Based on reviews I've seen, I could go for a NeverSummer Harpoon if it came in 160+.., but I'll look at those ones you mentioned.

      thanks for the tips!

      Cheers again!
       
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      I’m a large 40 and ride with these on both knees, love the extra support, compression and the light padding is pretty clutch for tumbles or kneeling

       

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