General question: Anyone have direct experience skiing 170cm 2013/14 Goats vs the same in 186/194cm?
I'm considering going with an AT binding on a pair of 170's and using for skinning up on wind hold days and playing in hand-cut tree lines (tight).
Not much of a "wide" ski person. Being located in NE, I've got a locker full of 155-165 SL skis and a couple GSs for gates. Up to knee deep snow, I am quite happy skiing the bottom or the middle with the SLs. Last year I finally caved and purchased 186 Gotamas. I skied them on a 6" powder day ... why bother. Skied them on a 12+" powder day and found them to be lively and a lot of fun - floating, bouncing and hopping over stuff that would beat the crap out of me with the SLs. Almost didn't have to think about the skis compared with building platforms and planing out a short SL.
I was traveling last week and demo'ed a pair of 180 Soul 7's. Conditions were dust on crust at Vail. The bowls had 2-3" of fresh, but frozen rutted and hard as rock surface underneath. The Souls skied nice when I could keep them in soft snow, but I found them "hookey" going from crust to dust - especially in bumps. They actually surprised me with the arcs they'd carve on hard and wind-scoured surfaces, but nowhere near as fun as an SL ski. Not a fair comparison given the conditions, but I didn't enjoy them as much as my Goats.
So now I'm intrigued with the idea of a short version of the Goat for travel, resort uphill, and play in tight trees. (Obviously a limited use ski given the application and snowfall in NE.) For anyone who's skied the longer Goats and the 170 - what's your experience?
Stats: 6'1", 185# (summer/cycling) 200ish winter (this year), strong skier but getting old (55).