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Though it does not grip as well as Griptech its close. The mellow sidecut underfoot on the Era grips working off the same theory as Salomons Equalizer. The straight lines of Equalizer give a "hot spot" in the middle of each section, interupting an otherwise deeper sidecut with a mellow one gives a very similar effect.
I would still say at 170lbs get a 155 Era. If you are really that concerned about your feet fitting on it, it comes in a 155w. A 158 is just bigger than you need especially in the midwest.
The Era is not more board than even a first day ever rider can handle. So don't worry about that. Really when it comes to park boards as long as you aren't looking at a gnarly slopestyle/jump oriented deck they're all fine for first timers as well as the type of park rider they're built for.
While the Formula is a great first board since you already have the basics of riding down you will likely outgrow it this season. Get something that has some lasting power.
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Last edited by Nivek; 08-20-2012 at 09:43 PM.