I started skiing again after 7 years hiatus, an advanced intermediate at 5'2.5" and 172lbs skiing mostly Southern California or Mammoth and skis relatively fast I used to weigh around 185-190# before using my Dynastar Speed 63 at 170cm. Now that I am lighter, the Speed 63s is still ok but I need to be aggressive and "kick" the ski to flex it during turns. So, I may need new skis. It is also annoyingly stiff with the softer snow up in Mammoth but quite nice in Big Bear.
I demoed the Head Titan at 157, felt too short and not stable. And tried the Atomic Crimson Ti at 162 and liked it. Unfortunately, I was not able to try other length and only skied them 3 times each using an ill fitting demo boots. Anyway, I am very interested on the Atomic Crimson Ti at either 164cm or 171cm. Based on height, I should be skiing the 164cm or even shorter. But based on weight, I should be skiing the 171cm or above. Which is the advisable length? I am thinking that the 164cm is sufficient. I only ski on-piste. Is the Crimson Ti softer than the Speed 63? I may need to demo the skis some more. But looking for others who have experienced on both and about sizing.