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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-28-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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2011 Ride Highlife 163W or 168W?

Hey Guys,

Ive been on a hiatus for the last 7 years or so (kids). The technology has completely changed since the days of my 157 Morrow Spoon, Ive put on some poundage and am long overdue for new equipment. Im mainly looking for an all mountain, do it all setup. Realistically, I wont be in the park and a lot of time will be spent with the wife and kids on groomers. When we're without the kids, it'll be black diamonds.

Height: 61
Weight: ~235 lbs
Boot size: 12 (Burton Imperial)
Bindings: Burton Cartel

That being said, I picked up a 2011 Ride Highlife, Cartels and Imperial Boots. Im trying to decide between the 163W or 168W and have gotten all sorts of conflicting info. I have both boards in hand but one has to go back this week. Appreciate any recommendations.

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I'm right around your build and I went with a 161w board and recently picked up a 158w. I wouldn't go any bigger than a 163w.
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I would go with the 163. I am a little taller and about 20 pounds heavier and currently ride a board that is a 164W. With the technology these days you can get away with shorter boards. This is of course given you are trying to run a little bit of everything on the mountain. If you are just looking to bomb down groomers you could consider going with a longer board, but I think you can get away with the shorter one.
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163 +1. Anything more is overkill.
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Agreed with 163. When I was 250 I bought a 164 and I wouldnt have gone longer.
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Seems like the highlife is a really tough board to tame, especially not riding for 7 years, I think you would have to be crazy to get a 168 highlife! It would be really hard to handle.
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Thanks guys, appreciate it. Definitely will be going with the 163.

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Seems like the highlife is a really tough board to tame, especially not riding for 7 years, I think you would have to be crazy to get a 168 highlife! It would be really hard to handle.
I've been riding the past 7 years...but only have made it up a few times each season. Now that we've got the kids on skis we're committed to go consistently. I'm not too worried about the Highlife...but yeah, the 168 is a beast!
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