Everyone in these forums says to size up Sir Francis Bacon skis because they measure short and have rocker. But based on Line's sizing chart and a recommendation by their customer service rep at headquarters (who said they have a long effective edge) I bought the 2013 model in 172cm (168.2cm actual tape pull) at a great price. I'm a 5'8" and 145 pound older advanced/expert but not very aggressive, preferring short slalom turns in bumps and tight trees at slower speeds rather than charging down bowls.
When they arrived I noticed that if mounted at the near-center mark they would have as much shovel length as my 164 X-Wing Fury skis (83mm underfoot, no rocker), which I don't find too short except in deeper snow. I know these could be mounted further back at this year's -60mm "recommended line" (versus the -25mm Eric Pollard line) , but everything I've read suggests that's not a good idea since these were designed to be skied near center.
These would be the only skis I bring on trips out west for use all over the mountain in all conditions, including slick groomers and deep icy bumps in the trees if that's what the day brings (no biggie... I'm from back East). I don't ski the park but want to try switch, since I sometime do that on inline skates.
So the question is, did I make a mistake and buy too short? Could anyone in my size and weight range who actually has skied the 172cm (not the 178cm) give me some insights as to how they handle in the powder and hardpack? Also, has anyone skied any length at the -60mm mount?
I can't return them for the 178cm, so either I'll just keep, return or sell them brand new and unmounted for around what I paid. As a hedge, I also picked up a pair of 169cm Kung Fujas that I can return or sell. Those wouldn't be short since they actually measure 170cm, mount further back, and have a more subtle rocker. But I've heard great things about the SFB and really wanted to try it.
If they are too short, I find it odd that the folks who actually design and manufacture the skis would be suggesting an incorrect ski length. Thanks for your feedback.