It's not that huge of a difference, no. That said, I sold my 10 Heritage and got the 11 model, but that's just me. For that much of a difference in price, and NS and RC tech being new to you, I say go for last year's. Some guy in the classifieds on here is selling a brand new 160 for $380.
18 Snoplanks Asym Fish . 18 Arbor Terrapin . 17 NS Maverix . 17 NS Twenty Five . 16 NS Swift - 14 TJ Brand Retro Fish
18 Rome Katana . 17 Burton Malavita Wing . 16 Burton Genesis X
16 Flow Talon