I actually like last years graphic/color over the black and white so I lucked out. I think I’m going to pull the trigger. I’m riding last years BSOD 162 Monday and will determine if I want a 159 or 162 depending how that feels.The 4 actually looks like a good choice on paper. Specs are pretty close my Sims in terms of side cut radius, effective edge and width. Similar shape too. It has a little taper but not too much, looks like .2 cm on the 159. I know you said you want last years model but damn the 2021 graphic is cool. I’ve never ridden one so I’m going off the specs.
It will give you more effective edge than the 158 which means more grip. But go with the size that best suits your weight. If you’re a super strong rider you can get away with up sizing, but I can’t imagine you’re a stronger rider than Forrest!
Well I guess that’s my question. For this board what would be “standard”. If Forests 5’10 170 and rides a 159 then maybe I’d assume the 162 would be my size. Usually people are riding a size smaller then generally accepted. I.e I’m 6’0 210’and everyone wants to put me on a 162+but my biggest deck is a 159. Riding a 162 BSOD today so I’ll know how I like a 162 and make the decision.
that’s exactly right. I think being honest with myself ill be much happier with the 159. Def going with the 4 as GNU told me the billy goat is Mervins stifffest deck. lol I’m always tinkering and Can’t just be happy. Recently down sized my boots dramatically because I found out I have EEE width. After some days in them they packed out absolutely perfect where I have slight pressurea against my big toe and the rest fits super snug and perfect. Obviously my first thought was.... these fit too good, maybe I can go down a half size!At some point you just pull the trigger. Length does matter and you can feel a 3cm difference, but that's only if you are comparing boards back to back.
I have a 159 and 162 in the same board, same year, same everything. There is a difference in the way they ride, but they don't make much difference in the way I ride. If I ride the 159 a lot the 162 feels aggressive, and going back to the 159 it feels nimble and fun.
But overall they ride about the same and I couldn't tell you which one I like better overall. The 159 is better for park and tight trees, slightly. The 162 is better for carving and groomers, slightly.
The minor differences in boards are just that. If you find a board you really like and ride it a bunch it will become your favorite. Remember that snowboarding is board, bindings, boots and rider all working together. Learning to ride a particular board well is easier than constantly changing out gear, or obsessing over millimeters.
By all means try a lot of boards if you can, then pick your favorite and ride it to death.