Originally Posted by Kulharin
I'm coming off the Solomon BBR's... 176... noticed they discontinued the ski from their line up this year :( ... Anyone. I want to pick up Experience 88, just not sure to go for 172 or 180... either bigger or small than my BBR's and I was happy with the BBR length...
I'm 5'10 and 1/2 I weight 180 now but usually weight around 170.... So I seem to be at an in between size... Should I go shorter or longer? I ski all mountain, piste, off piste and I'm living in Revelstoke.
I'm 5'9.5" and 180 to 190, about Kulharin's size, and I too think I'm between sizes with the new Experience 88s. For an 88 waist ski, I also like the 175 - 177 lengths.
That said, long for stability and flotation, and go short for maneuverability. If you like going fast on groomers & ski wide open bowls, go long. If you like skiing bumps and that difficult, technical terrain, go short.
I will be in the market for a pair of 85 to 90 mm waist skis myself in a couple of years. I'll still demo the Experience 88, but it will be interesting to see how I feel about the 172 & 180 lengths. Other skis I'm considering, and I like the lengths, include the Head Monster 88 (177), Volkl RTM 86 (177), the new Elan Amphibio 88 XTI (176), and the Fischer Motive 86 (175).