Originally Posted by jmy37
Great feedback, thanks! Seems like there are a lot of ~115mm and ~125mm options out there, between those two, so you think I'm definitely a 125mm+? Also, how important do you think the ski's turn radius is for my situation? Lastly, any thoughts on bindings for either type of ski (whether the same or different) would also be helpful!
Float is a linear thing, a little narrower means a little more sinking. The 125cm is for dry power. I do agree wet powder will be denser and not compact a much, so don't need a much width. I was told by a Lake Tahoe skier who is exactly my size that he sinks in the prevailing conditions with a 125cm ski. He doesn't sink to the bottom, but sinks some. Not to offend anyone, but unless you weigh close to someone, you have no idea what their experience is. A 150lb person could never ski on what I ski on, they would be too stiff and too wide. The float of a given ski varies with lenght, rocker, and other things. The 125 is a general ball park. Decide how versatile a ski you want. 125+ is mainly for powder. 115-125 will work better in lower snow amounts. Just as important is how stiff a ski, soft means floaty but not great in crud, charger (stiff) means good in crud but not as floaty. I bought a really wide charger oriented type of ski and I like it. I don't do freestyle, for more freestyle you want softer.
The turn radius is not that big a deal. I like it on the small side, but I would suggest you get a typically one, like around 20m.
Bindings, Look Pivots are good, but pricey and different (turntable heel). I like the Salomon STH 13 and the Tyrollia Attack 13. The Tyrollia's are very light which is nice. Most bindings do their job, so its mostly personal preference.
The bonafide or enforcer would be excellent choices for your narrow ski. I don't know about a powder ski, I have a Ski Logik Depth Hoar. The width doesn't seem to bother me (143mm) but it freaks out smaller people who hear the number. It sure floats me well and I think it skis fine. I am a little surprised it skis so well, but in the end it is still a ski made by a company that makes good skis.