OK, you guys convinced me to pull the trigger on a board sight unseen. I figured the end of season sales plus the cost of going to Switzerland for a board demo weekend was enough of an incentive to just go for it now.
In the end I took into account your comments Mpjames09 that the 163XL Megalight might not be big enough for me, the fact that even though it had a bigger discount it was still more expensive, the fact that it was actually last seasons board (2012) rather than 2013, and the fact that I love the 2013 Raptor's graphics so much (normally I wouldn't let graphics affect my decision, but when all else is equal, why not), so I bought the 2013 Raptor at a big discount.
It'll be here in a few days and I'll let you know how it rides with my new Flux SF45s. Very excited!
Thanks for your feedback and suggestions all, really appreciate it.