I have been thinking to add a pair of Armada TST or JJ to my quiver, and would appreciate some advice on what length would best fit my needs.
I am 42 years old, 5' 5" tall and weigh 152 lbs. I would rate myself as an high advanced to low expert level skier. I feel very comfortable coming down most black runs but not at a very fast speed. I like to be in control and make lots of small turns. However, moguls have always been my weakest link, but under almost all other snow conditions I would find quite manageable. In the past I mostly ski on the groomed runs, but next year I am planning to spend more time in the trees, on powder, and maybe go off-piste a bit. Thus adding one of the Armada all mountain skis is a natural choice. As I live in Hong Kong, I don't get to ski a lot, but when I get the chance, I would usually go to Niseko, Japan, which is a heaven for powder skiing.
As we are now toward the end of the season, there are many great deals and I want to take advantage of the sales. I think the JJ's are really cool and would be plenty fun in the deep pow, but since I need to travel with my family (2 kids + wife + 4 pairs of skis & boots!!!), I probably would get the more versatile TST and be done with just one pair of skis.
I heard that the tip rocker design would make both of these models ski a lot shorter. So instead of the 165cm length, I should be looking at the 174cm TST or the 175cm JJ, but these are almost 4 inches taller than me. I know I am rather on the heavy side so that makes it up a little but still, I am concerned that these lengths would be way too long for me. Although I will be doing more adventurous runs I will still spend a fair share of time on piste, especially with my kids who have grown to love skiing a lot. Any thoughts? It would be great if there are guys who are of similar build and have experience with these skis before... Anyway, thanks in advance for your inputs.