Hi I need some help with a decision. I got a 166 storm last year 2011 model. Loved it and wanted a bit more length for better float I am 6'o 185 size 10.5 boot. I sometimes had the nose dive a tad.
I like the idea of the 171 with 27u waist.. I have a line on one- but it is a 2013 model with a rounded nose design change. I really liked the old "missile head" design of the earlier version and am not sure how much the extra cm in length and waist will effect the float with the more rounded nose. What are you thoughts?
Post subject: Re: venture storm 2012 170 vs 2013 171
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:01 pm
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:16 am Posts: 516 Location: Salida, Flagstaff
The 171/27 will float a little better, and at lower speed and board angles--which is a nice compliment to the storm's already loose ride (for the size). But it's a fairly modest gain in surface area over your 166; it'll be a noticeable but not huge difference. It'll be fun.
I have 181/27s with the old and newer shovel shapes. I can't tell the difference. I can dive both too readily--and I have to hold back to avoid that violent result at speed; in terms of design, diving in my experience has more to do with larger issues of surface area than the relatively small differences in shovel shapes shown in the storms.
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