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Old 11-25-2009, 02:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SL-R 158 or 161?

New to this forum, but I ve found a lot of good info, searched regarding my question
but didnt find all the answers sp here goes"

Im pretty set on picking up an SL-R for the up coming season, I want a playful all-mountain board that can pretty much tackle anything on the mountain with natural hits and drops and go quite fast on groomers, with no real requirements in the park although I would like to learn some ground tricks in the future.

Im 188cm (6'2"), 85 kg (190lbs),
My setup will be:
Salomon Relay series bindings with Salomon Dialogue US 10.5 Boots

My riding can be described as:
Advanced All mountain
35% powder trees, 35% groomers generally at high speed playing off hits,
20% open powder bowls preferably steeper, 10% beginner park riding just to play around

I will like to learn some ground tricks in the future for which my current board is too stiff
and just unplayful (2005 162 k2 access wide)

Ive been recommended to get 158 by a shop salesman (who didnt stock your boards)
mentioning that the board will still be quite stable at 158, however coming of a 2005 161 k2 access wide and relative to my size I am a bit concerned that it will be a bit too unstable at speed on groomers as well as fast powder bowls especially when it gets steep. The other issues was regarding float in powder relating especially since ill be coming of a wide board.

So my question is what size would you recommend?

What is the weight difference between the SL-R 158 and 161?


Should I potentially be looking at the Legacy-R instead due to my boot size and the type of riding
im looking to do due to its slight additional stiffness?

Unfortunately I wont be able to demo any of the boards before hand hence trying to
make the best educated decision.

Thanks
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There's only about 67 'What size board do I need?' threads every week. Read a few.

161
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just bought a 161 SL-R.

I'm 5'10", 180#, 10.5 boot, similar riding. I was going to buy a 158 but the sales gal was pretty, put me under a trance, told me to buy 161...so I did.

I just got a couple of hours riding on it so far but it feels pretty nimble.

My toe/heel overhang is maybe an inch on either side at +6/-6 stance setting.
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You want the 161.
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks guys for your input
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