I am new here, and this is my first post. I am 54 years old. Expert level skier. I live and ski down East, but I go out west yearly. I ski about 15 days per season. I am 5'9 and 185 pounds. I currently ski on a pair of 2009-2010 Dynastar Legend Mythic Riders in 178 cm. length. They are 88 mm underfoot with a 21m radius. I have AT bindings and boots (Garmont Endorphin). I find them (the Mythic Riders) to be totally adequate for all conditions from hardpack to a foot of powder. They are not so great in week old crud, windblown snow, or heavy wet ungroomed snow.
I am looking for something that will be better at handling difficult conditions. I have never tried rockered skis before, but I am tempted by a pair of Volkl Gotama. What would I gain and what would I lose over the Mythic Riders.
What length should I go for? For years, I have always bought the second longest length in any given model. For the Gotamas, that would mean the 186.