I appreciate all the helpful responses but I am still a little torn.
I feel that I am already a very proficient high speed carver and that I could really benefit from the 161 length as lonerider stated. I am generally very quick with switching edges on my current board to point where moguls don't really bother me.
But if a stiffer board alone brings the same benefits of a longer board like srdeo stated then maybe the 158 would be plenty. Ride rates The Decade to Highlife stiffness rating as 6 vs 9.
Going wide is a good idea but not really an option. My Decade's waist width is exactly the size it needs to be (Just a tad bit of overhang). The Waist widths are 249,252,254,263 for the Decade 156, HL 158, HL 161, HL159W respectively. I'm no expert but I think 263 from 249 is too wide.
I intend on keeping my Decade board around for a little while as a backup but my intention is to replace it.
Will the "effort to manipulate" be that much greater with a 161 vs 158??
Last edited by bntran02; 02-28-2012 at 10:55 PM.