Hi everyone, first time poster here.
I've been riding a Cafe Racer 159 for a couple seasons now, and in general I've been very happy with it. I consider myself an experienced rider with 30 years of riding, and I've also been a snowboarding instructor in one of the biggest resorts on my country.
At 175lb and a bit over 6 ft with a US11.5 boot, I have felt the CR 159 is manouverable, great in powder and definitely not too stiff, more on the loose side and the tail sometimes feels even too short and loose. On soft groomers, I still have suffered some toe and heel drag with +35° / +10° angles, and on hard groomers it feels a bit nervous and skips when I'm charging hard.
So, I went and ordered the Cafe Racer 164 and yesterday rode it for the first time. A completely different beast. The tail is a lot longer, wider and stiffer. Overall, the 164 lets me carve a lot harder, is more stable and holds edge better than the 159 did. I can now drag my elbows instead of just touching with my hands. It also demands more speed, determination and power from my quads to ride it to its full potential.
I kind of miss the 31mm taper the 159 had, and the 164 doesn't have a similar riding from the back seat feeling. Because of the longer, wider and stiffer tail, the 164 is not as good in powder and it causes rear leg burn more than the 159 did. The loose and playful feel of 159 also was something I liked.
Comparing my experiences of these two boards led me to think of getting a Dart 160! It has the same width and taper as CR 164, but a shorter and looser tail, and the rocker nose probably would help with the iron rod feel that CR 164 has in lower speeds.
Has anyone ridden both CR 164 and Dart 160, and how you would compare them?
Is there a big difference between the camber and rocker profiles?