In another post I replied to, I brought this up. I was told to find a radius between 15 and 17? How does this work? The smaller the radius, the easier to make shorter, quicker turns? I am 57, 6' tall, weigh around 220, hopefully drop 10+ lbs by ski season. And in here, I was told 188s should be good length for me on the MX88s. And similar lengths for other all mountain East skis. And I read many similar posts. Here's what confuses me. I understand back in 1999 and 2000, skis were different, yet I could not make easy turns, wide or short, on my year 2000 Salomon X-Scream Series length 187s. on steep runs. I kept falling, And was told they were too long for me. BTW I also only weighed around 180ish then too. It sucks getting older. Perhaps my boots were too stiff: Salomon X-Wave 10s? And I thought because these were "shaped skis", I would have had no problems. BUT, before these, I was skiing for years on old fashioned(?), skinny, straight Olins. AND at length of 208! And I had no problems skiing steeps, Albeit easy, wide black runs. I am by no means disagreeing with any of the ski length suggestions on this forum, I am simply confused. And appreciative too.