I'm leaning more towards the SL-R due to the amount of positive feedback for the 08/09 model and that i'll be riding mainly in Europe then in Japan but as long as it can perform well in powder i'm happy. Thanks heaps for your advice BA.
Another thing is should i get a shorter 155cm or a longer 158cm board? Currently i'm riding a 156 agent.
My height is 175cm and weight changes between 72-75 kg shoe size US9.