I'm looking at one of these for all mountain riding, no park but something that is reasonable in powder and can handle the odd natural jump/drop. I'm 5'10'', 160lbs with gear on, size 10 boot.
Big fan of Lib after using a friends TRS for a day last season, question is what size/board between the 157 T.Rice/TRS or the 159 TRS.
1: After checking them at my local shop, the TRS 159 and 157 T.Rice are exactly the same length. This surprised me at first but I guess it is to with sidecuts and effective edge. Can somebody help me with the difference, will one board turn quicker than the other?
2: Is the T.Rice much stiffer than the TRS in real life, according to Lib TRS is a 6 flex, T.Rice 7 so does not appear to be much in it.
3: Is the T.Rice 'HP' lightweight model worth the extra $$$, would it help in powder?
Rode a Yes 156.5 last year and it was great for gunning it all over the mountain, especially through chop/crud. Found it almost too stiff for my level and hard work in powder at times due to narrow waist.