I am currently riding a 2020 Backcountry XRS 154 with a 2 1/2" track that I ride off trail 85% of the time and I have enjoyed it so much that I want to add a 165 to my stable for 100% Backcountry/Mountain riding. I have wanted to go the Freeride route, mostly because of the front shock package, but since I have been waiting on a color that I like, and may never get, and I can get the Summit Expert in the Black, I was thinking it was time to consider a Summit. I want to get a second sled that will be exclusively for trips out West, Mt. Valin and maybe the Chic Choc's, thus the desire to get a 165.
I am headed out West to give my 154 a workout in 3 weeks, but will not have time to snow check a 165 after I get back, thus I am looking for some input on whether to snow check the Black Summit or wait another year for the possibility of a Freeride color I may like. I am looking for some real world input or reasons as to why I should consider the Summit vs. the Freeride and not be hung up on the Freeride's shock package as my deciding factor. Since in reality, I could get a comparable shock for the Summit if really needed, I thought the Summit was worth considering. It seems there are advantages with a Summit, like less weight and the new narrower front end, so I don't want to overlook the Summit, especially since I can get it in Black, if there compelling reasons to get a Summit over a Freeride.
Thanks in advance for the input.