I am a short guy 5'6" about 155 lbs, size 7.5 boot. Im riding a 152 right now but it feels HUGE! I used to have a smaller board and its pretty hard to adjust to this board even though several board shops swore that this is the right size for me and I could go even bigger if I want. It stands a little above my nose and it seems like I should be on a smaller board. I know the board size charts go primarily by weight but I also heard that your board is supposed to go up to about your chin. Mine goes up to my nose. When I call board shops and look at the sizing charts online, they usually say that I should get a board EVEN BIGGER, like a 155 or 157. Are they always accurate for every rider and situation?
Its just that this 152 board seems like such a monster. Maybe I just need to adjust cause I rode on that small board for a few years.
Are there any park rats out there that are my size and if so, what size board do you like for park, rails, boxes, kickers? Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.
Sizing based on your height is the lazy old-school way to do it. Unless you are below 4'10" or above 6'5", height should never comes into play in choosing board size. The main factors are weight, ability, and riding preference. I'm the same weight as you and I've ridden boards down to 150 cm and up to 178 cm.
There is zero reason for a Stairmaster 152 (medium flex freestyle board) to cause you problems at 155 lbs. You might prefer shorter board because all you do is park and rails, but it shouldn't be difficult for you to handle. How many days have you been snowboarding (rough estimate)?