Thank you for the advice. I've also been looking at the Lando 160 - I think I like everything about it. I'm 100% sure I'm over analyzing this, but considering that I buy boards every 10 years I'm trying to get it right. As of now I think the Lando may be my best bet - sounds stiff but not as stiff, has Mag 0.5 which should be a better deal for CA snow, should be good for carving and powder (the only two things I really do on a board), can be set back 1 inch, and seems like the right size all around. It's not a C3 but I get a sense that it's close and perhaps a bit more forgiving, which may be ok at my old age of 42 (43 by when I get to ride it). The Billy is my second favorite, and Darker still my third.
Still welcome thoughts, and am grateful for all the advice so far.
I had a cambered TRICE and also a C2 rice.
Had a c2 billy goat.
Currently have an xc2 trs and c3 JL fundamnmental.
Like yourself, I came from Camber and learned on a stiff Palmer.
Not a fan of c2 on hardpack at terminal speeds - it just feels loose. But you get used to it and can haul ass as the TRICE is pretty stiff and when waxed properly, the sintered lib bases are skier fast. Float is amazing with c2, but I simply didn't like the profile outside of powder/soft snow and sold both the TRICE and BG.
Xc2 is a Huge improvement over c2 on bulletproof snow--noticeably more precise--- TRS will carve up and hold and edge on anything. Not too sketchy flat basing. Simply more stable. Narrower, Softer and faster edge to edge than TRICE. Awesome board. Both TRICE and TRS have aggressive mtx.
C3 is pretty much the closest thing to camber without full on camber. Theres a slight dip in the middle, but rides like a cambered board. My JL has mellow mtx which many people seem to like as the aggressive mtx can feel "catchy" to some(I like it)
If you're coming from camber, they're all going to feel loose, easier to turn, more playful, and float better in powder as boards these days are much easier to ride and softer for the most part than 10+ years ago.
If it was me, xc2 or c3:happy:---
TRS, BG, Darker, or JL phoenix - whichever you can get the best deal on.