Lib tech hot knife sizing
Hi everyone, been lurking this board for great info for a while and really appreciate everyone's input.
I am in the market for a new board, and just want to get you opinions. I found a 2013 159 Lib Tech Hot Knife for $375 shipped and was wondering if that size is good for me, or should I go with the 153 instead. I weigh in at 160lbs with size 9 boots. My current board is a stiff rated 158 Atomic Banger (with a 25.1 CM waist width), and it is amazing for hard charging and pow, but it felt a little cumbersome and due to its tapered shape it was tricky to ride switch.
I live in Ontario, Canada so we have icy night riding conditions. I also make yearly trips out to different mountains out east; Jay Peak, Smuggs, Killington area, hence I was looking at Lib Tech's Magnetraction I spend my time on mainly on ungroomed trails, and of course groomed and glades; almost never hitting the park.
I am worried sizing down will affect my stability, but also going even longer than what I currently have will in turn make it hard to maneuver.
Any suggestion is greatly appreciate, also as my budget is sub $400, anything under that is also in for consideration.