sl-r for east coast ice?
so I called the mountain that i'll be frequenting most often this season - they don't have never summer snowboards. This sucks because now I can't try one before I buy. Also pressuring me to buy soon is the chance that they'll be out of stock in my size. So I'm thinking about just taking the plunge and ordering the sl-r... but i might need a little push.
my riding background: Been freeriding for 8 years. I love to go FAST, and carve through the mountain. My current board is 5 years old - it's 159, heavy, and stiff which is great for carving and speed. I'm looking to replace it with something that is a lighter and has more pop - I want to be able to hit jumps (maybe mess around in the park, but mainly just catching air as i'm cruising down the mountain). I'm pretty much a beginner in the park, but an advanced freerider who does not want to sacrifice speed/stability when jetting down the trails.
Never Summer's R/C tech really intrigues me - very different from my current board. but I just want to be sure this is right for me. will this board ride well in icy conditions on the east coast? Is the r/c technology help with the ice or was it designed mainly for powder? I really need to be able to travel at full speed down the mountain and not worry about the board chattering.
Lastly, at 5'11, 180, should I go with the 155 or 158? I currently have a 159cm 03' solomon forecast and it sometimes feels long, but that may just be that it's heavy. I'm looking for this board to feel more free and poppy.