I am looking at buying a new K2 snowboard. Either the Slayblade 163 Wide or the 166 Wide. My current board is a K2 Nemesis 164 Wide from the year 2005. I take a size 13 (UK) boot !!
I am 6'2" tall, weigh 95 kg (210 lbs), my standard is advanced. I have been boarding for 10 years. I prefer long, fast runs, at maximum velocity, such as Klein Matterhorn at 3,900m down to the bottom of either Zermatt or Cervinia, or over in Argentiere, Les Grands Montets at 3,300m down to Argentiere Village at 1,200 m. I used to speedsail (windsurf) professionally in the 1980s and 1990s, and my activities on a snowboard are basically seeing how fast I can go, with obviously some ability to carve out crazy fast turns in preferably powder........I do not do any large jumps (yet !!), but can do small 'jibs'/jumps, however, I mainly stick to piste/near piste. I also need ability to handle tight turns in some resorts, but I am no aerial freak !! I would like to learn more viz a viz ‘park tricks’, such as small, low, short rails and similar ‘table tops’, also want to go to Whistler in Canada to surf their amazing powder. Would the longer board be better for me, or will it hinder me in manoevers ?
Please help me to decide between a 163 or a 166, cheers and thankyou