wicked site guys!! spent much time poring over these pages daydreaming about future turns. geography (newzealand and UK) and injury have deprived me of the stoke of pow for almost 3 years
...but that's all about to change with the winter ahead! heading back to the Kootenays of BC (had to immigrate to secure the pow ) any splitters around there??? always keen to meet new folk
anyways now my only real requirement is a new stick, time to hang up the shoes for a bit. a winter of many trips is my hope and a stick that can find me smiling in the alpine and the trees is my desire.
gone through the couloir review (got it sent to the UK) and scrutinised these pages over and over and i'm still stumped as to what to go with. posting this message in a hope breaking the seige!
i'm a size 10.5 US, (wide stance 20 front 0 rear) not keen on wider boards and i weigh 155lbs.
been riding an option 64 from a few years ago, really like it particularly in the trees, not always the surest at speed. have given thought to splitting it.
often keen on the khyber 160 and wondered about the xtra length 165 for multiday pack weight. love the trees but was wondering how happy i would be with it as the everywhere split.
wondered about the mtn gun 161... too small given extra weight? the specs for the nose dimensions if i can remember are roughly that of the freeride 66 so maybe it'll still be happy in the powder.
a few months ago i'd reluctantly thought of going for a burton as it seems like the ride mighta suited me though never tried one. now ruled it out.
not sure about the the possible winterstick or neversummer
a prior split 65 with a custom narrowing of the waist is a consideration but was a little concerned about its powder handling after the couloir review. would alteration of the waist effect the board in other ways?
a quiver is the big answer really but not for a while, trying a few models would also be sensible too but i don't have the time... doing a 7 day assessed avi course 1 month after i get back on snow and i need time to get my skinning technique to an acceptable level to do the course (plus see if i can still ride after this brutal abstinance)
on my side is a winter of no job, only prayer to the snowgods
anway any ideas much appreciated and kudos again for this great site