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I already have a park board - Bataleon Evil Twin and I love it. It's a 147 and I rode it through some crazy chop yesterday and was surprised at how well it handled given it's length. I'd probably attribute it more to my riding ability, but the board really held up nonetheless. My back leg was burning so bad, it felt like how water was being released in my thigh- not just the typical lactic acid buildup :).

I'm pretty well versed in boards but I would love some suggestions from some seasoned riders.

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Style: All mountain freestyle
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 127
Boot size: 9
Stance width 19-21
Stance angles: +15/-15

I want stability for carving, but decent flex, and a somewhat damp ride. I weigh next to nothing so noodly boards to most aren't noodly to me :) I'd like pop as well. I'd like to hit natural features (the mountain is my park type of thing) and some jumps in the terrain park. Steps as well. A plus would be if it killed it in pow. I'd also like to be able to ride switch without issue. It's a board I want to take to bigger mountains and have a good time with but not be limited by what it can do. So that might change the board you suggest as well.

My current "all mountain" board is a Bataleon Goliath, but it's too short IMO (149cm). I would like suggestions for board length given my stats as well.

A ski shop guy sold me my first board (Burton Custom 157) and I weighed about 115lbs at the time and the stance was way wider than it should have been. It made progression really hard and I never understood why till years later when I started doing research. But I learned on a long board. 157 is def too long, but 149 is too short so weigh in if you feel you have a good opinion.
 

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I was looking for the same type of board and I was stuck between burton sherlock and never summer sl. I ended up going with the sl b/c its handmade in the US. A lot of people on this forum rave about never summer and now I know why. The SL tears everything up. I had a few "oh shit moments" that my park board would have failed me, but the SL was godly. I think you should go with the 155 never summer SL
edit: Going with the sherlock isn't a bad idea, you'll be happy with either board.
 

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Well I'm a big Lib Tech fan and would suggest the T Rice 153 but I wonder if it would be too stiff given your weight...with that concern the TRS comes in a 151N (narrow) and 154 and is a bit softer...well worth considering IMO.
 

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I was looking for the same type of board and I was stuck between burton sherlock and never summer sl. I ended up going with the sl b/c its handmade in the US. A lot of people on this forum rave about never summer and now I know why. The SL tears everything up. I had a few "oh shit moments" that my park board would have failed me, but the SL was godly. I think you should go with the 155 never summer SL
edit: Going with the sherlock isn't a bad idea, you'll be happy with either board.
The SL is my default board. It's the board I'm probably going to get :) But I am really interested to feel what the EST/Channel system is like. The Sherlock has gotten great reviews too.

Well I'm a big Lib Tech fan and would suggest the T Rice 153 but I wonder if it would be too stiff given your weight...with that concern the TRS comes in a 151N (narrow) and 154 and is a bit softer...well worth considering IMO.
eenteresting. hadn't considered a lib-tech board honestly. I'll have to read some reviews.
 

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I've never tried EST/channel but I would never buy a burton board just b/c it has channel. you're then limited to burton bindings.
 

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The Ride Machete has pretty much handle any thing i've thrown at it. Im in the mid atlantic aera which is known for packed/groomed conditions. Has good amount of flex and is still stable when bombing down the mountain. Was at snowshoe last season with the Machete when they got dumped with POW. It killed it. Hope this helps. Its funny. Im in the market for something i can play around on a bit more, and I was looking at the Eviltwin or Arobic to add to my arsenal of boards. Im at the opposite end of your spectrum.
 

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I ride a 158 SL as my all-mountain board, but I find it a bit too flexible if I'm riding bigger steeps and faster stuff. On bigger, steeper, faster stuff, I get too much flex throughout the board to stay stable. Don't get me wrong, it's a super fun, playful board, but if I'm riding bigger stuff, I usually bring out my Ride Highlife.

That being said, I think with your weight the SL might be the right choice. I weigh about 60 pounds more than you so I'd stay a bit stiffer for you than it would for me.
 

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FWIW, I quite like the channel system. I like the feel because the bindings have nothing but dampening material. But that's only with EST bindings. You can get adapter plates for some other bindings. At any rate, I don't really like Burton bindings. The only two that I like are the Restricted Malavita EST and Cobrasharks.

The Sherlock with the Restricted Malavita's would be sweet if you go with Burton IMO.
 

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The Ride Machete has pretty much handle any thing i've thrown at it. Im in the mid atlantic aera which is known for packed/groomed conditions. Has good amount of flex and is still stable when bombing down the mountain. Was at snowshoe last season with the Machete when they got dumped with POW. It killed it. Hope this helps. Its funny. Im in the market for something i can play around on a bit more, and I was looking at the Eviltwin or Arobic to add to my arsenal of boards. Im at the opposite end of your spectrum.
I was under the impression the Machete was a jib board? Hmm. Well I can tell you the Bataleon ET is pretty damned awesome so far. I got it in 147 and despite it's short length I powered my way through chop, chunder, and push mounds at a decent clip. All the rest of my friends on much longer boards ate shit :) I'm a better rider, but I was still impressed since it's a park board.
 

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FWIW, I quite like the channel system. I like the feel because the bindings have nothing but dampening material. But that's only with EST bindings. You can get adapter plates for some other bindings. At any rate, I don't really like Burton bindings. The only two that I like are the Restricted Malavita EST and Cobrasharks.

The Sherlock with the Restricted Malavita's would be sweet if you go with Burton IMO.
If I were to go with an ICS board, I'd definitely get EST bindings. I'd really like to try one out though. I am really not a fan of Burton bindings though. What are the Malavita's like?

I think I want either a Jam, Sl, or Sherlock as has been suggested in this thread.

Regarding the Sherlock... I don't get why they make twin/twin-like shaped boards with directional flex, and directional boards with twin flex. It seems to me I'd like a twin or twin-like board with twin flex. What gives Burton?

Also, the smallest Jam they make is 157!
 

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The Machete is not a jib board. If anything, it is a jump board. Mid-flex so very versatile. Not a super good jib board and not a super stable bombing board. Call it the jack of all trades, but master of none :)
 

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The Machete is not a jib board. If anything, it is a jump board. Mid-flex so very versatile. Not a super good jib board and not a super stable bombing board. Call it the jack of all trades, but master of none :)
Haha, duly noted. Well it seems the sherlock is more my cup of tea since it shreds pow and can handle some deep carves from what I hear. Shortest length the sherlock comes in is a 154, but I could be ok with that... The jam is too damned long indefinitely. The Sl in 153 would be nice too I bet. Decisions decisions. Feel free to pile on more suggestions :)
 

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i will probably get flamed for pushinf NS again, but I have just decided to move to a soft board (EVO) and a firm bigger mountain stick (F1 Premier that I LOVE). I have been trying to do it all with all mountain and decided this was a better way to go. It sounds like you might be in a similar situation.
 
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