Let's talk weight to board performance & flex relationship
I have been thinking about this for a while now. We all know (or should know) that weight is one of the biggest factors to choosing the correct board size. What I am talking about here is manufacturers intended purpose of a board, it's flex and how weight will influence that.
Example 1: If someone weighs 200lbs and normally rides their all-mountain board (SL, Agent, Custom, etc) in a 162 range, how much impact would downsizing to a 158 have? Would that make a supposed all-mountain board perform more like a park stick and handle worse on the rest of the mtn?
Example 2: Take a stiffer all-mountain or big mountain freestyle deck like the Lib Tech T-Rice. Again, if you weigh in the 200lb range and ride this board in a 157, how can you expect it to perform? Would it still be considered on the stiffer side, minimal at speed, etc or would the extra rider weight allow the board to butter easier, etc?
To phrase it a different way, I guess I am trying to pinpoint how much additional weight actually affects board performance. If a board is ideal for a person at 160lbs, how much different would the board be for a person at 190lbs?
I understand it is all preference but I think this is useful to discuss when assessing other people's reviews as well as choosing your own board size.