GREAT advice guys thanks so much!
I had a ride on a 161 last year at Teinei and was really gutted by the lack of maneuverability.
So back on my 158 I just had to go that much faster!!... all the time!!!... to maintain the float in powder.
But yes we all learn from our mistakes. You've talked me into at least a 161!
Im am off to try on a million boots and will let you know how I end up.
(ETM: I just had my leave approved for all of Feb!
Ill text you when I hit the mountains Denwa bango wo oshiete kudasai? (I still have my Jap iphone (oh hey, know anyone nippon-side who wants to buy two iphone 3gs? pretty good nick and great batteries?)))