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Old 02-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been at it a few seasons here in Australia.

Lurking round here checking all the reviews and whatnot and would like to give a
NS SL a try, primarily for the rocker / camber profile.

I am after something that will give me some stability at speed in rutted, tracked out, hard packed stuff that is our Aussie snow.

I am 5'8'' 170 and size 9 boot.

155 or 158??

Its VERY hard to get these boards here at all so demoing is out of the question.
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158. 10 char
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am 6' 220lbs, and have a size 12 boot. I ride a 158 Sl

I would think the 155 would be plenty of board for you.
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Is it fair to say these ride shorter than a 'traditional' camber board. Been on a 156 signal omni which is great but lacks a little dampening.. Nice agile board though.
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I'm gonna say 155... I'm 6'3" and 200 lbs, size 11 boot and ride a 157 Proto...
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The I know the SL very well. I have both split and solid versions and I would say that either will make you happy. I am 200lbs and I like my 161 for the resort with tracked out snow and groomers for the extra stability. My Split version is a 158 because I wanted a little smaller board to deal with the tight trees.
I think it really comes down to what do you want?
Better stability? Get the 158
Better maneuverability? Get the 155
Honestly though thats an inch. How much difference do you really think that an inch makes over the whole length of the board? That is less than 2% difference in length.
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My thoughts exactly but considering the options and the shape, I am not sure what to drop the dollars on. I would like manouverability for sure but on the occasion you can let a board wind out, a bit more stability on the harder stuff would be nice.
Our trees are , for want of a better word, knotted and can be a little sketchy so changing lines quickly helps.
We rarely see powder (in its true form) here that is very deep at all so not really much of an issue bit I guess the shape will help in that department regardless.
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How do you ride? Do you play around and look for natural features or do you bomb trails at warp speed? Which of those do you prioritize?
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Steer right away from the park. Like to hit natural terrain / berms at reasonable speed. Some open fast stuff, carving and the like...
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Id go for the 58 then. Ive never had any trouble maneuvering my 161. The SL is a fast turning board when you want it to be.
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