At 188 you're pretty light for the skunk ape especially with only size 12 feet. The ape is stiff and damp and will probably feel like a plank at your size. If you really wan the ape may I suggest some weight gainer 3000
hah! yeah maybe the weight gainer 3000 is the way to go with the skunk ape but i'll hold off for now.
as for the Legacy thanks for the suggestion Lisevolution and Bigmountainvmd, i do wish i demo'd that when i saw it last week. i guess i am really leaning toward NS especially because of how durable i hear they are. so the legacy would not be out of the question..i will look into it more.
thanks again for all of the responses!