Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I actually demoed the Dark Series at Whistler last year (same week I demoed the TRice). Definitely liked it, but went with TRice because it is a true twin and I ride switch alot, while the Dark Series is directional (not even a directional twin according to LT). Same reasoning for shying from the Billy Goat, which is at least a directional twin.
Very helpful input. Thanks.
For both of you (and anyone else): one thing I have been wondering is if I bought these boards too long. Moving both down to 157 narrows the waist on the TRice to 25.8 from 26, and narrows the tip/tail on the Banana Magic to 30.1 from 30.6 (waist width only drops 0.1cm).
Seems like only a small improvement for alot of expense if I was to size down though.
So, any thoughts on dropping down to 157 for both boards?
You are correct on the directional nature of the Dark Series. However, neither that nor the setback on the Goat makes much difference for riding switch. People generally overstate the need for a twin to ride switch - my Cobra is clearly a directional board and rides switch perfectly fine.
On the sizing, I was a little hesitant to comment on this initially, because it is another matter of personal preference (and the Magic seemed to be working for you).
But since you asked: Yes, I think you probably should have gone one size shorter. I am 150-155lb and was toying with getting the 154 Magic.