I am looking at buying 2012 K2 Recoils with Marker Squire Schizo Bindings. They are available for $400 out the door for both if I buy a 169cm ski, or I could pay $485 for 174cm or 179cm.
I am 6'5" and 185 lbs. I ski all over the mountain, hike to powder, occasional rails in the park, and some groomers. I would say that I ski 40% off trail, 40% groomers, and 20% park. I would say that I am in between an intermediate and advanced skier. I live in Arizona and get about 5 days a year in Arizona, and another 10 days in Colorado/Utah.
I've rented all my life and have rented the cheap 18 dollar rentals. This weekend I rented a 169cm Recoil and it was great. I decided that I definitely dont want to ski the cheap stuff any more. I am going for a 4 day trip this month so it doesn't make sense to spend 150 bucks renting.
My question is, do you think that the 169cm is too short? If so, should I go to a 174cm or 179cm. I am having trouble making the decision mostly because of the extra 85 bucks.
Any help is greatly appreciated.