|Originally posted by dresden4545:
Why would you suggest the 185s instead of the 175s?
First, let me say that I have skied most of the recent Sallie freestyle and freeride offerings, but not the most recent Scream Pilot (75-mm waist) that you purchased. Just wanted to make that clear.
Anyhow, I weigh about the same as you, although I a few inches shorter...just for reference. My point about going to the 185 is based on where you are going to ski...Steven's and Whistler. If you plan on skiing groomers all day, then the 175's should be fine. However, if you are going to go off trail in heavy PNW snow, it becomes a matter of surface area. Those 175's with a 75-mm wasit are not going to provide the floatation or easy in PNW conditions. On the other hand, I spent much of last season on a pair of 179 Seth Pistols (95-mm waist) and loved them in the nasty crud of Mammoth. The length was not as relevant, as the increased dimensions of the ski provided much more float and stability.
Furthermore, there are a lot of folks one this site who ski in the east, in much different conditions than the PNW, who push the short ski agenda. A 175 might be great in eastern glades, but wide open bowls at Whistler are just a totally different game.
IMO, with the little information that has been presented and weighing heavily on the terrain that will be before you, if you want to stay with the 175, you should have gotten the 82-mm waisted Scream (Xtra-hot?) and embraced the blessing that is yours to have such great mountains in close proximity to yourself.[ October 25, 2003, 10:47 PM: Message edited by: Bandit Man ]