Can't compare it to the other 2 but I rode the 163 Odin in Silverton and loved it (Thanks Lisa & Klem!). I didn't think is was quite the burly beast it is proposed to be. I found it snappy and playful (rocker) and good in all the conditions we had. If I buy one it would likely be the 168cm. I would definitely recommend it, and it would be my Venture of choice. Since you already have Ventures I don't need to tell you how strong they are and damp they ride.
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Anybody else with an Odin review? I am a big guy- 6'2" and 240lbs and am used to stiffer boards (ns titan tx). I only have the budget for one split, and am tired of the noodle ride of my 10 year old split decision. The Odin is marketed as a gun, but Im curious if others felt it was pretty good in all around conditions, as I need performance and versatility. Thanks.
Over all, the board is a high speed monster and I like it for most all other conditions too. I've ridden it more since I wrote the review and I've got it pretty dialed on steep jump turns and tight trees.
I would agree with PedroDelfuego, It's a solid board with a stiff flex but at the same time it's a super fun board. Not bogged down at all. I totally dig it.
After spending 5 days in the backcountry on the odin 173/26, I can say that it is definitely a versatile board. Killed pow effortlessly and was equally stable on the big lines as it was nimble in the tight steep trees. Definitely not as stiff and unforgiving as some have said. I am very stoked on the pickup.