The value of Talas is completely dependent on your ride topography. If you're doing lots of long steep climbs that make you fight to keep the front wheel down, then turning around and hitting descents that benefit from long travel and slack angles, I think it's worth the extra weight that comes from it.
FWIW, I have a Talas 36. I use the 130 setting the most, it's got the best all-mountain feel for me. I use 160 the least, and always make the effort to dial things down to 100 on the climbs. Common to climb 800'+ per mile here, and that really helps keep my nose down and weight forward. Otherwise, that length just feels too short for the bike.