Hey All! So here's my brief story. I've lived out in Whistler and Golden, BC for the past six seasons. Unfortunately, had to move back out east for work so my Gotamas (176cm) aren't going to cut it. I found a great deal on the 2012 (non rockered) Kendo, which I've decided on getting as the width is good all around and I love a stiff ski on the bulletproof ice that I moved out West to get away from :)
So here's my issue. I am having such a tough time deciding on the length, so thought I would see if anyone else on here has some experience with these. I'm 5'6 and about 155-160 pounds. Been skiing 25 years on varied terrain with an aggressive syle. My last pair of Eastern skis (7 years ago) were Head XP 100's in 163cm. They were ultra short, 66mm underfoot, big sidecut and super stiff.
So here's the dilemma. I can't decide between a 170cm or 177cm for the Kendo's. I'm at a loss as to whether I want to stick with a similar length as my Gotamas (I got used to this length, even on the ski outs) and enjoy the speed, or cut it down to 170cm and go for more manouverability in the trees and bumps. If these were straight skis I would hit the 170, but I'm worried that 170 might be a bit short with the twin tip. On the other hand, 177 might be a bit much for an Eastern ski and not much powder. As I can't settle on the perfect length of 174, any suggestions based on experience?