Originally Posted by Cheizz
Guys, I'm looking at the Atomic Ritual to fill the gap between my Fischer Motive 86 TI (182) and Atomic Automatic 117 (186) for all-mountain crud busting, soft groomer ripping, shallow powder skiing and allround fun...
I'm a level 8 skier, 85 kg and 1.82. Demoed the Ritual two years ago in 190. Was great, but no bumps or trees to try. For big turns, 190 is awsome, but would 182 work too for a bit more tight spaces skiing?
Or should I just go for 190?
The 182s will feel more similar in length to your Motives and Autos. 190 in the Ritual will feel much bigger, more ski, than both of those. If you are going with "more ski" you probably want to have some good idea for why, and why in this particular slot in the quiver?
For the center slot in the quiver, based on what you've said, I'd recommend 182. Top of the head should be just right. It should be sufficiently stable and more versatile - and more appropriate for what it is designed to be (an all-mountain, all conditions ski. . . on the other hand, if you want to bomb Sun Valley-style groomers all day, Rituals would work OK, 190 probably better than 182, but many other choices will work better for that specific scenario and I think that he 190s would be more limiting, harder work, all-mountain).
FWIW, I have the Motive 86 (182) and I'd choose the Ritual in 182 as a compliment, at least for the terrain around here (PNW). Going long in that particular ski, with a wider and longer option available already in the quiver, doesn't make a lot of sense to me.