Thanks for your thoughts linvillegorge. I was just worried if my current weight would allow for a shorter board.
Im kind of in the same boat as you. Im 6'0 245 Size 12 foot and I've been riding a Burton Canyon 173 since 2003. Im also looking at getting a shorter wide board. Riding that 173 was rock solid bombing down a black and floated like butter over pow. But in the trees or moguls, forget about it! Im looking at the Custom X and the Lib Tech Skunk ape. I havent gotten many folks to respond but the ones that did have me leaning to the Skunk Ape 165 but Im just worried that they thought the Custom X 164 was more expensive. Ill keep an eye on your thread and mine. Hopefully someone will chime in. Im looking to pull the trigger today. I think the lib tech is going for about $556.
Damn that 173 must be brutal in trees and moguls. Good to know someone else is having trouble deciding. Either way I want to get another board. I was hoping to go shorter, but if not, it's not a deal breaker. I would like to get something a bit stiffer which is why I was considering the Cobra, Heritage and Skunk Ape Horsepower. Also when my brother visits from back east it's nice to have a good board for him to ride instead of renting crap. Let me know if you pull the trigger on one today. Interested to see which way you go. Thanks restam.