This year I got a Coiler 163SL (21cm waist, 10-ish m VSR) to compliment my 171 Stubby (21cm, 14m) and 185 NSR (20cm, 16-ish m). The 163 was also needed because I had a feeling we would be dealing with a lot of ice this season, and we did. The metal 163 really made the season enjoyable. I was able to get carves done in less space and without going too fast, to make use of the reduced edge hold offered by the conditions. The metal construction gave me more grip than ever.
So this got me thinking - I have a metal 163 for icy days, and a metal 185 with Boiler plate for the really good days when I want to haul-a on a smooth ride, so why do I need a metal 171 anymore? I'm thinking my next 171 will be glass, maybe with carbon fiber in there, for the days when conditions are good but for whatever reason I don't want to ride a long, plated board. One of the days I will never forget was the first time I tried a Donek FC 171, in 2001. I was blown away by the energy and rebound. I want that feeling back.
So for me I think the perfect quiver might be:
Short metal ice machine
Medium glass hyperactive carver
Long metal speed board with plate.
Anyone go back to glass this year?