Originally Posted by kaborkian
Good choice. Don't need wide at 10.5 boots, so SL for you. 180 lbs, I would suggest the 158, especially with no or little park.
If you wanted something that leans a little more in the powder friendly direction, look at the cobra as well.
Edit: not that he sl sucks in pow, just that the cobra is a little better.
I personally didn't like the shape of the Cobra. The board itself was fast and I could haul ass. But the short tail in the end got to me. Felt twitchy. You get used to it and a lot of people love it though.
The SL is a fine board to get better on and more comfortable. I was in my second year and still getting used to speed and the SL was great for that. Smooth and damp.
What other brands does that shop carry? Sounds like you just need a medium flex all-mtn board