Hello guys! Hope I've posted this in the right place.
Short version: Can you help me decide on the proper length for the Whitedot R.108 - 186 cm or 195 cm?
Weight: 80 kg / 176 lbs
Height: 186 cm / 6’1”
Skill level: Intermediate-advanced. Ski everything reasonably comfortably in-bounds. Back-country and touring is still pretty new to me.
Location: Primarily Switzerland and Austria.
Intended use: In-bounds for powder days, a bit of side-country, occasional weekends with single day touring trips.
My current skis: Völkl V-Werks RTM 84 (176 cm). I like these a lot, even if they flap around a bit when going fast.
Demoed skis last season:
Spent one day on Stöckli Stormrider Pro 115 (195 cm). These skis kicked my butt except when charging like a maniac down the fall-line (wasn't a powder day, though).
So now I’m seriously considering the Whitedot R.108 CarbonLite (formerly “Ranger”). They should be sufficiently wide underfoot, apparently quite versatile, and surprisingly light for their size. A couple of reviewers have also pointed out that they are reasonably damp up to moderate speeds, despite their low weight.
According to the “choosing a ski length” guide, I should probably go for the 186 cm length, but considering the tip rocker and thus reduced effective edge length, I’m a bit unsure what to go for (the alternative would be 195 cm, although that sounds a bit on the long side). Unfortunately, I don’t know of any place nearby where I can try them before buying.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!