I know that there are more than a couple of threads on choosing the right length Bonafides and I've looked through most of them. For various reasons, I've settled on the Bones, but am still on the fence regarding the right length. Rather than bump someone else's thread, I decided to ask the question directly.
My particulars: 5'7" and about 195 lbs; probably an advanced intermediate (meaning that if you don't consider form, I can ski mostly anything except for the really steep or bumpy); live on the east coast but am doing more skiing out west these days. I'm coming off of 179cm LP90's, which seemed pretty close to ideal for my mix of 75% west/25% east. I'm also in reasonably good shape - managed to cycle over 1,000 miles so far this season, including a couple of centuries (even if one was a metric) and will get on the stationary bike when the weather turns too uncomfortable.
I'm thinking that 180cm may be right for me. They may be a bit more work back east, but would be the better length out west. My goal is to spend more time in the trees and if the weather cooperates, in the loose stuff, which again seems to argue for the 180's over the 173's. But I'm still not certain, and hence the post.
Apologies in advance for plowing at least some of the same ground again.