Originally Posted by NayBreak
Originally Posted by prickly
Geez, how do some of you guys weigh so little? May I suggest beer?
Anyway, if somebody is 5'11" and 145 lbs, the greater exception to be tended to is being 5'11". An awful lot of people are right in the range of 145 lbs. So get skis for being 5'11".
Don't quite agree with this. In particular I believe it's not actually true that a lot of people - at least not men - are at 145.
See, this feels like we are right back at the beginning again, which doesn't answer the OP's legit question. We've been here a bunch of times before on Epic, but let me try to re-state the problem:
Skis and their flex patterns tend to be built for the weights of "average" sized first-world Caucasian men, notwithstanding the fact that they may be marketed as "unisex". Such men have gotten much heavier over the last century for a variety of reasons, so that now you can put them into buckets roughly like this*:
1) 5% < 140 lbs
2) 15% 140 - 160 lbs
3) 30% 160 - 185 lbs
4) 30% 185 - 220 lbs
5) 15% 220 - 240 lbs
6) 5% > 245 lbs
* @beyond and others have contributed hard numbers on this topic in the past. I was too lazy to try to find them. But I think I am inside the ballpark. (Pretty sure he told me that at 135 I was something like 2nd percentile for American men.) Next lets map these weight buckets to ski sizes for a given all-mountain model such as the Brahma:
166 cm - buckets 1 & 2
173 cm - 3
179 cm - 4
185 cm - 5 & 6
Next let's look at the OP, who is 5' 11", 145lbs. If you put him on the length that correlates to his height in this model, he will be on the 179. Okay, so here's where the problem comes in. That ski is designed with a flex appropriate to a guy who weighs 200lbs! This is why segbrown says correctly that the OP needs to look for a ski that is known to be easy flexing for its length - in this case, something like the Bushwacker, not the Brahma. So it's not at all enough to say "go with height". I have some energy around this because even though I'm not tall I'm still very tall for my weight. I am in a similar position and have spent too much time on planky skis that were "the right length for me" but were a bear to bend. Note that going to an intermediate-oriented model is typically not a good solution because those skis don't have the grip, precision, feel, durability, base quality, etc. that someone with any chops requires. The problem is finding out which skis are "known to be easy flexing for its length". There aren't necessarily all that many of them, and ski makers do not do a good job of identifying them, except insofar as they do this by labeling some of them as "women's skis". Which presumably is where the OP's question came from.