you 159 pussies don't know how to ride all ya need is a 136 2.25 and 150 horses and some balls.
i can highmark any stock 159.
they are way to heavy when packed full of snow
100 miles an hours track speed and 450 pounds is where its at!!!!
You definately have a great point about the weight of the 159... once stuck, its over.
I would argue that the 159" does provide better floatation and given the right amount of horsepower should outclimb and 136" with the same weight and power. Personally, I think a 144" Vertical Edge 800 would be my choice for mountain riding just because, the 159 is indeed HUGE, but if you hit that super heavy powder, I think the 159 will always outgo the 136 given the same sled weight and horsepower.
Where do you ride? Any pics of your 450 pound 136" must be a custom sled.
Ever try to get through 3'+ of powder with a 136? Ever get to the big hills later in the day, and all the good runs have been trenched down so far you can't go anywhere? Its no problem for the guys who have 159's. I have a 151x2, and that gets me anywhere I have the balls to take my sled and most places I don't, but every weekend I watch the really long track sleds go into mountain bowls I didn't think were possible to touch with a sled. On the other hand, watching these same guys try to negotiate a tight trail is mildly entertaining, its not easy to turn a track that big, and once they're stuck it takes 5 guys to pull their sleds out. I honestly think its more about big lugs than it is tracks, at least for climbing. I also have an indy 550 fan w/ a 136x1.5, and I'm amazed where it can go (only weighs about 450 lbs dry). Whatever you prefer I guess.