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Hi there! Would greatly appreciate any recs - great info on this forum!

I’m an intermediate (to advanced) rider (5’9, ~160 lbs) and ride mostly groomers but like to carve through trees and take advantage of powder days. I am looking for an all mountain, hybrid profile, single quiver board that can do it all (except park!) - bomb down a mountain and still be able to turn on a dime. I am on the West Coast so I mostly hit the Tahoe resorts. I also want something that I can continue to progress with as I advance.

For some context, my first board was a Gnu B-Nice but grew out of it pretty quickly (felt extremely slow and unstable) and then tried a Burton Feelgood and didn't love the pure camber profile. I've borrowed a friends old Aura a few times which was night and day - I loved the feel of it, but it's since been discontinued.

So far I've narrowed my search down to a few, based on some preliminary research, but am open to recs.
  • Jones Dream Catcher
  • Never Summer Lady West / Photo Synthesis
  • Yes Hel Yes
  • Nitro Drop

Thank you in advance!

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All good options, except the proto is junk in powder. Look into the Capita equalizer, and Jones twin sister as well.
 

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Bataleons “storm” has gotten a lot of attention for the exact riding style you described, especially the profile you described you wanted

 

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Bataleons “storm” has gotten a lot of attention for the exact riding style you described, especially the profile you described you wanted

I saw this one on Angry Snowboarders Youtube channel as the best All Mountain Women's board this year. Very cool board and good reviews - my hesitation with it was it looked to be more camber / less of a hybrid board than the ones I mentioned. Awesome looking board though!
 

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All good options, except the proto is junk in powder. Look into the Capita equalizer, and Jones twin sister as well.
Thanks! Yeah I think I've crossed the PS off the list since doing some more research! It was recommended since I mostly ride resort but heard it wasn't as fun and surfy as the Lady West. I looked hard at the Jones Twin Sister - I know a lot of people really like that board but I figured based on the Dream Catcher might be a better fit based on my riding style and the fact that I dont do park. I don't know that much about the Equalizer (don't know anyone who has ridden it) but I'll definitely look into it!
 

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Whatever you end up getting, keep the Feelgood because you'll appreciate it later.

And the Dream Catcher is a better option for you than the Twin Sister.
 

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I would add the Niche Sonnett
Thanks! I've seen this one a lot. Looks like a great board - my boyfriend rides Niche but he's more interested in park. My hesitation here is that the magnatraction looked pretty aggressive, which is something I was unsure about because of the GNU B-nice. I also read that it has a pretty loose feel so was concerned that it wouldn't be super stable/more difficult to carve. Have you ridden this one?
 

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Whatever you end up getting, keep the Feelgood because you'll appreciate it later.

And the Dream Catcher is a better option for you than the Twin Sister.
Thanks - I know a lot of people love a pure camber board. The Dream Catcher seems like a great fit - I think I'm mainly between that one and the NS Lady West at this point, based on what I've read.
 

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Yes hel yes has been getting lots of props. I have not ridden it.
My wife thought the niche boards felt a little heavy to ride.
 

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I saw this one on Angry Snowboarders Youtube channel as the best All Mountain Women's board this year. Very cool board and good reviews - my hesitation with it was it looked to be more camber / less of a hybrid board than the ones I mentioned. Awesome looking board though!
The 3bt alleviates that, imo better then hybrids . That’s why I mentioned it
 

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I saw this one on Angry Snowboarders Youtube channel as the best All Mountain Women's board this year. Very cool board and good reviews - my hesitation with it was it looked to be more camber / less of a hybrid board than the ones I mentioned. Awesome looking board though!
Every board you've listed besides the Never Summer is a version of camber. They all have rocker at the tips to loosen the camber a bit. Bataleon's 3bt is like a sideways rocker that loosens the catchyness of camber better than the traditional rocker method used on the other boards you've found. I'd put the Storm up there with the Drop and the Dream Catcher.
 

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The Dream Catcher seems like a great fit - I think I'm mainly between that one and the NS Lady West at this point, based on what I've read.
Can't help with comparing those two as I've never ridden the Dream Catcher; stopped buying them Jones boards after several quality issues abt four years ago; plus, after getting the Lady West, my quest to search for the optimal all mtn board ended as that one is the one for me.

However, I don't use it as 1 quiver board. I still own a purebread camber for the groomer carving days (which means doing fast low laps till legs burn). The LW does carve, I can lay it down, sure, but... it's not camber. If the g-forces and acceleration out of carves is something very important to you, and you want a 1 board quiver, then a camber profile is the way to go. You loose nimbleness and pow float, however. Can't have it all in one board. So, it's about priorities.

The LW will float like a champ if sized decently, will be nimble in trees, basically turning on a dime with the a twitch of the hip, do dome fun carves on the way back to the lift, will be stables speed, will be easy to turn and do some switch turns, will ride steep bc terrain and be so much fun to hit natural half pipes and gullies, yes, but it won't carve as beautifully continiously and aggressively as a trad camber.
 

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Dreamcatcher 148 for sale on this thread

 
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