i have a 158, i weighed 175-180 at the end of the season, and it seemed like i could weigh way more and still be fine on the board. it almost seemed too big at first, but i was riding on a smaller mountain with narrow trails/trees, and i was used to a park board. the effective edge is pretty long for the overall length of the board, so i think you'll be fine there. the only thing i would worry about is the torsional flex in the middle of the board. if you're not railing carves going mach speeds, i think you'll be totally fine on it. it's definitely not too flexy overall, and the carbon outside the bindings makes it pretty stable, so i don't think your nose or tail are gonna be too sloppy on you.
don't take my word only though, just offering my limited advice as i have the board.
Well, I'm coming from am '07 K2 Union 164w, full camber park board, way too big. I was thinking of the 161 SL, and I can't believe 3cm is really going to make that much difference. It's still going to be light years ahead of what I ride now... which i get up to 50mph on my gps (which I know everyone hates, but it's a relative number).
Epic, gimme a couple days, let me mull it over, and if you still have it, I'll PM you.
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Might want to ask around to see if anyone over 200lbs has experience with it. The Never Summer size chart says the SL 158 is ideal for 125-175lbs but I know people use boards that they fall outside the weight range for.
Discussed multiple times on this forum - that chart is made by Evo and, at least in past iterations, has some pretty ludicrous and nonsensical 'information'.
Never Summer does not have a size chart and actually actively discourages such charts.
this is true - if i'm correct, i believe the size for NS boards is more relative to stiffness, so maybe with this in mind... if you wanted a more playful board, get the 158, if you only wanna blaze down shit super fast, get the 161.