Originally Posted by BigmountainVMD
It is true, as I have observed from experience. The T. Rice has better float in pow than a cambered deck of the same size. The T. Rice is made for long aggressive carves and big booters... I'm not sure what you mean by over carving... The Magnatraction definitely makes the carve want to stick more, but as long as you are going fast, you just lean onto the other edge and carry the carve around in another direction...
That being said, I can take my T. Rice 161.5 HP in the bumps all day and feel fine with it... In my case, and from what else I've heard the 161.5 has 180 lb riders on it.. give or take 20 lbs... Your size (the OP) seems perfect for the smaller deck, as a longer one would just hold an edge better and be harder to turn.
Personally, I was only questioning the length thing. People here like to say you can (and should) ride the new shapes in a shorter length than a cambered deck. Here, this forum, is literally the only place I have heard this. As I said, reputable shop owners, manufacturers reps, and manufacturers (that I have come across personally) have all told me it is not true.
Most have scoffed at that idea, to be honest. They almost all recommend getting the same size you would in a cambered board - and one told me adamantly that he personally goes longer (not shorter).