Is there such a thing as the one magical stick that will slay deep unconsolidated powder? Ride trees with abandon, yet be able to run big open pow fields at high speed with total stability? Does this ideal stick HAVE to be as long as some current boards? Can we do more with less.. length-wise? Camber, rocker, sidecut, flex, nose/tail shape, length, width?
After spending a few seasons on swallowtails, big freeride boards, and looking at other thought options out there, I have started to wonder about what would make the ideal deep pow stick, one that would allow me to ride trees, yet have the stability at high speeds needed for my riding. What really has me rethinking this is a look (finally) at Lib-Tech's Banana Hammock. a 160 length pow stick, with rocker, and a reversed sidecut. Yes, this thing is just over 30cm at the waist. Think riding a wakeboard in pow. Burton's redesign of the Fish has some nose rocker, then camber past that. Tinkler's pow stick is a rockered quasi-swallowtail with a large standard sidecut, from all appearances. The Preflex boards are all rocker and so stiff there is no flex.
So, post up some thoughts, based, please, on experiences on real pow guns. How would you answer this question? What design features would you use to build the ultimate deep pow gun?
My thoughts have been leaning towards this: 160 length. 29 waist. 14m sidecut. 1.5 cm taper. Abreviated swallowtail type nose. Flat base between the bindings, with 8mm rocker out at the tip, ditto to the rear of the board. Stiffer flex, with rocker you do not need too much flex. At my 165 lb. riding weight I think this may be more than enough to do everything inside this ride parameter.