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Old 12-17-2011, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im probably going to be picking up a lib tech skunk ape soon. This will be my first new board in about 7 years. Im a bigger guy, about 6'' 215lbs and have a size 12 boot. I want a board that will be good for pretty much everything on the mountain, but most of all i want a board that is a lot of FUN. I mainly want a poppy board that I can shred groomers, hit the back country, and ride the park. The guys at the shop recommended that I ride the 161 if i want a funner board, but i do not want to sacrifice ridebility and stability when im shredding the groomers and floating the powder. Right now im debating between the 161 and the 165, but i wanted to get some input from here first before i make my final decision. What sizes/styles of riding are people using for these boards?
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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165 better for shredding the groomers and hitting the backcountry, more stability. big boards = big fun
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Will i notice a big difference on the ridability from the 161 to the 165 for daily shredding?
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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165 for powder/backcountry/hauling ass/carving/maximum float.

161 for a more playful/fun/trees/freestyle/control


I have the hardest time deciding sizes too

any way you could demo?
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No i dont think i could demo either size. Im leaning towards the 161 just because i want a really fun board, and your post just confirmed that a little more. It also seems like the 161 would be a little more versatile? Thanks for the input!
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I'd take the 161. I'm 6'3" and fluctuate between 180 and 200lbs. Hell, the 161 is longer than I would really want honestly. I'd rather have a 159 or even a 157. The only way I want the 165 is if I'm using it as a pow/backcountry stick. And even then, I think the 161 would work just fine.
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Yeah man, go for the 161
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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another vote for 161 if you haven't already decided.

I'm 6'4'' 210 and ride the 161.5 TRice for very similar riding that you mentioned...pretty similar board but the Ape is a little wider. The rocker between your feet really helps witht he float in the deep powder and makes it much easier to ride a smaller board without sinking in the deep stuff.

I rode it in tits deep poweder opening day this year and had no problem staying on top. A bigger board would float better, but 161 will work great for everything. If you really want something to float like crazy, you can alway pick up a pow specific deck.
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