I am struggling to finalize my decision on which ski length I need. I recently got a great deal on new pair of 2015 pair Kastle MX83's w/Attack13 bindings. I was on the fence but ordered the 183's. When they arrived, they seemed huge- almost exactly to, or 1cm below the very top of my head. For some reason Kastle only odd sizing e.g., 163, 173 and 183- there is no 176/8 like most other skis which makes this all that much harder.
I am 6'1" but only about 165. I know weight is a very important factor. I am a very strong intermediate skier. I ski fairly aggressively and technically. I hesitate to call myself an expert because most who do, are not. (;
I will ski primarily on the crowded, hard packed snow/ice of the east coast.
I primarily will use this ski in search of the elusive perfect carve. I'm not into bumps, trees or jumps.
I don't need to go very fast but will occasionally and I do appreciate stability at speed.
For a little context, last year I skied on new Volkl RTM81's in size 176. It carved like it was on rail and I loved the ski but it didn't have any camber so in search of the perfect ski, I want one that has camber. I also do not feel the need for Rocker as I am rarely in powder- occasionally some crud and almost always on piste. The new Volkl RTM for 2016 now has camber and rocker. Since my RTM had Rocker, my usable edge was probably more that of a 170 than the indicated 176. A 173 fully cambered ski seems about right. 183 seems a bit long. Again, come on Kastle- make a 178 already!
Ideally, in this case, I think I would want to go with a 173 just to simply get more maneuverability out of it. I'm sure it would carve amazingly well. I've read in here where some 6'1" 200 lb. guys said the 183 was border line long. Also, since I am light, I don't think I need such a long ski. I want to be able to bend it and also make nice tight, smaller radius turns- more common for me on crowded hills than long GS turns.
The shop said they would happily exchange it BUT, and it's a big but, they are completely out of 2015 173's and not getting anymore 2015's in. I would have to spend ~40% more which I don't want to do. I also do not want a Demo pair which are just slightly less than what I paid for these. So do I stick with a great deal, on slightly long skis or return them for a full refund and try to find another pair somewhere? Anyone have any lightly used MX83's in 173? I would welcome the chance to hear your thoughts.
Thanks & "start" to think snow!