I want to get a new board before winter and have almost decided that it will be the Rome Agent, but I'm not sure which lenght should I get. I know that I need a wide version (I wear size 12 boots). I'm 6'1'' tall and weight 210 lbs (which I would like to trim to about 195), so according to size charts I should most probably go for a 160 cm version. However, since my old 162 cm Elan Answer has alyways felt a bit long, I was thinking to go with a more agile 158 cm version instead. I can also get the latter 30% off (last year model), while for the longer one I would have to pay full price. In terms of riding skills, I would describe my self as an intermediate rider - still learning to press my edges down properly while carving and have barely started to ride switch, but I hope to improve a lot this season. So what do you think - will the 158 cm board ok for my predispositions? Or should I take the 160 cm one? I would combine it with the 390 Boss bindings. Thanks in advance.
If you ask whether it will be too short for you are your current size and ability... I would say probably not because it sounds like you aren't going very fast.
However... overall a 158 is a little short for someone who is 210 lbs (let's be realistic and say that you can talk about 195 lbs once you are at least below 200 lbs). I'm 5'9" 150 lbs and I ride a 155 cm as my big park board and currently ride a 161cm for pow/freeriding... does it make sense that I'm riding the same length board when I'm so much smaller than you? Here is me riding a 160cm off a rock drop.
It is all about effective effective (which comes with length... but it actually less on a rockered boards). Imagine that as like tires on a car... the longer effective edge, the bigger the tires and the harder you can turn without skidding.
Most people don't go very fast and/or are barely turning, let alone carving. So they have no idea what they are talking about when suggesting board and board lengths.I don't pretend to be a pro rider... but if most of the people here are intermediate... then I'm well past advanced into expert territory (which to me is weird since I know lots of people who are better riders than me... admittedly many of them are wannabe pros). In reality, I think most people aren't very good snowboard... and people on the Internet are even more deluded.