You are one of the few people that I've run across that has had some experience with the Fischer Big Stix 75. I have a chance to pick up a pair at a good price, but have never skied them. I'm looking for a midfat to compliment my everyday slalom skis for spring crud skiing and occasional trips out west (ski mainly in the east). I'm 205 lbs. and ski 40+ days a year. For someone of my weight would you think the 175 would be okay, or would the 185 be a better choice? If I skied the West all the time, I'd probably go with the 185, but skiing mostly in the East with the narrower, icy trails, moguls, and rarely any deep snow, I wonder if I might be better off with the 175 (probably a 180 would be ideal, but that's not an option). I also have the chance to pick up a pair of the K2 XP's at a good price, and I know all the ski mags raved about them, but I've skied the previous Axis models in the past, and one of the major complaints that I've heard about them is that they are not very lively, which is also my impression of the ones I skied. Plus, I'm not crazy about the made in China thing, either, I'm having a hard time getting by that, although I haven't heard of any quality issues with the K2's that are made there. Being a shop guy, you probably get a lot of feedback in this regard. Any information or opinions you can give me would be appreciated.