Hello everyone, i'm looking to put together my first alpine touring rig on a tight budget, and I was wondering about the appropriate length ski. I plan on buying these in large part for use with a pack in the backcountry, and am wondering how to factor that in. Do I simply combine my projected total weight? For reference, I'm 5'11", currently 164 but am cutting weight and expect to settle around 155. Typical trips would be probably 1-3 nights, maybe 25-45lbs gear. Would this mean that I should buy skis with recommended weights around 180-210lbs? I am an intermediate skier in resort conditions, comfortably riding groomed black diamonds, but have yet to build a lot of fresh snow experience. I am mostly interested in touring speed and not in aggressive downhill performance, but would like to earn some moderate turns, and will likely use these skis occasionally at resorts at relaxed speeds.
I already bought boots ($100 for Black Diamond Slants used off ebay). I am tempted by some blem 2009 Black Diamond Cult skis for $150 in 167s. The size chart suggests these for 140-170lbs, but I'm worried that they may not be long enough for use with a pack. I'm thinking of using Dynafit TLT Vertical ST bindings (the only thing I'm probably going to pay close to retail on).
Thanks for any advice.