Originally Posted by BassmanRuchy
The biggest thing that is going against me getting the 158 is that I don't know if it'll be very maneuverable in the park. Honestly I don't ride park very much (probably one to three laps per day) but I still would like something that's playful enough to go in and take some hits off of the kickers. Likewise with the 155, I just haven't ridden it enough to know if it can handle very high speeds and some nice carves.
155 vs 158 is going to be subtle differences and largely personal preference.
What is playful enough for one person
, is probably not what you might want. What someone finds fun in the park and easy to ride switch
may or may not be what you are looking for.
You've already ridden the 152 cm and the 155 cm... you should be able to imagine what the 158 cm would be like... and whether you would like it, better than what strangers can suggest on the internet (we'll all be suggesting variations of what "we would like"). Personally, I don't think you will have trouble maneuvering the 158 in the park... but I'm not you. I'm 150 lbs and I use my Proto 154 as a pure park board. Snowklinger is like 175 lbs, rides a 154 and uses it for all-mountain freestyle (finding little hits and jibs on the edges of the trail). If you do a search, you should have no problem finding other Proto CT riders and see the other weight/length/riding preferences they have.
If you still are having doubt... maybe you should just demo the boards again as that is going to be the best way to make a decision.