Do yourself a favor though. Bring your splitty to the resort and dial it in there , and a few different days. Its really the idea way to go. Do not wait to go in the backcountry with a board you ve never ridden.
Joined: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:38 pm Posts: 819 Location: The Belly of Ham baby!!
Well, I'm 5 foot 10ish, 175lbs and recently got a good deal on a Mojo 161. I've had people tell me that the 166 rides too "planky" if you weigh less than 195.... So I went with the 61....
My 163 Nitro Pantera is AMAZING in deep stuff, so 2 cm less seems pretty insignificant.
I'm thinking that it might indeed be slightly on the short side in multi-day skinning trips, but I really do want a playful board. ALSO, when it comes to riding in really sketchy spots, like around crevasses on Mount Rainier, I need something that is totally maneuverable.
_________________ PROFESSIONAL AMBASSADOR OF STOKE
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am Posts: 583 Location: Oregon
I weigh 185lbs without gear and ride a 164cm Never Summer in the winter. It keeps me afloat w/o any problems. In the spring, I ride the Mojo 161. One difference also is the waist width and nose width for floating in the pow. A board with a little more taper or a bigger nose will allow you to size down a cm or two from a regular board.
_________________ "There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." - Theodore Roosevelt