Depends on the type of terrain you are mostly going to ride. Here in Colorado, due to the avalanche conditions we are forced to be tree rats for most of the winter. Tight trees that make the bad ass east coast tree riders cry. So I tend to shorten it up a little so I can be more nimble in that stuff. Also, with rockered stuff, you can go a little shorter if you want.
Either way, I think you are making a great choice with that Solution. Certainly can't go wrong with it.
Looks like the Solution come in 164 or 168W. I thought that was a mite curious that JJ was going to put out only 2 sizes that are only 4 cm apart. Honestly, with that small of a jump I don't think one will be much different than the other. Unless you at the extremes of height. I wish there were a few different sizes. I've been thinking about the Solution but living in Utah I'd prefer something a little longer. 172 maybe?
The store near me will be carrying the Jones Solution, so I am thinking of pre-ordering it.
Still deciding between the 164 and 161.
I'm surprised Zee. that you aren't considering one of our Split's or maybe you already have. You said the SL-R is the best all mountain board you've ever been on and I believe we make the best splitboard too. I know the Solution is going to be a great board, I sold Nidecker for 10 years and rode Megalights/Legends for 3 or 4. As you already know we are onto something special with our Rocker/Camber/Vario and this technology carries over to the Splits. No one can match our durability, full wrap P-tex sidewall on each half! Your going to hit rocks, especially in the backcountry. Just ask killclimbz how many days he has on his NS split. Each one is handcrafted and kits installed by the Blaho Bros who have worked here for 15 years and made 150 splits. We are committed to splitboarding and are adding a new model, The Raptor 159, 164, 169 and 165 W. The Summit-R carries over in 157, 160, 164,169.
To be honest I was kind of curious about that one myself.
I know the Solution and Jones boards in general have been getting a lot of good word on Splitboard.com. I also haven't had an opportunity to demo any of the Jones models, so I can't chime in on my thoughts on the boards.
I can say my Neversummer split has certainly taken all the abuse I can dish out and then some. The board is way over 100 days on snow at this time. My Voile Split Decision has less than 60 days on it and it's beat. Cracked rails and tons of core shots. My Summit has one core shot.
Lib has a T-Rice split coming out his year, but its $800 with no inserts... you gotta DIY, which i think i pretty lame for a production board. if they ever get it together to where they can sell a fully built system it could be a really sick setup - Libs tend to be lighter weight then alot of other boards.
i hate long boards. its easy to get a 165+ split....theyre everywhere... i want rockered 155-157s