ok, before everyone starts to explode about how different board sizes and how it affects your riding and all this stuff.... just hear me out.
I've decided i want to buy an Arbor Blacklist
. I cant decide whether to choose the 154 or the 157 because i dont know the difference. as of now all i know is there is slightly more stability with speed and a bigger edge for better carving on the 157 but its slightly heavier. the 154 has less swing weight so spins are easier and weighs a bit less. My question is: will it make a (noticeable) difference in powder or while free riding?
I am 6'1" and weigh 155 lbs. boot size is 11.5.
how is spend my time:
40% free riding
(or whatever else there is to do)
Thanks for helping me out!!
From what I learned recently, the shorter you go with board length the less stiff the board is going to be with flex. From what I understand, a shorter boards effectiveness has more of a result on how sore you are by the end of a POW day. You can handle POW on a freestyle board, but you'll feel the pain. And just for spinning reference, I'm a beginner freestyler who up until a week ago was 'spinning' a rozzy 168w in my basement for practice on a wood beam. So pick your poison because every board length comes with a drawback, also dependent on your skill level in the pow and spins. You want easier time on pow days or spinning? Neither board will stop you from doing either.
Maybe it's because I was used to and learned to shred on a 168, but I found that my new 161 Ride Machete is a great length for every use on the mountain. Even this feels tiny under my feet, lol. I would think that those guys riding a board that short are not having much fun on POW... considering how my 168 handled it and how the Machete kills it at 161. I wouldn't wanna go any smaller because I can see how that would be a nightmare by comparison in the pow on a double black narrow chute.
P.s. I'm the same weight, height and half inch longer foot, so if I can spin a 168w beast made over 12 years ago, then either a 154 or 157 is gonna work for you!!! I'd personally recommend the 157 because my thoughts are that a rider can put more effort into spinning a bit heavier longer board. Riding pow all day can be difficult for some.
So to sum it up, yes that short of a board is going to affect your powder riding and if that's something you spend a majority of your time doing, I'd cater to that or you'll be pissed after an 8 hr day of riding through 50 cm pow dump.