I'd like some advice on a first pair of skis. I'm pretty stocky and athletic at 5-11 and 230 pounds and have gone skiing a few times this year. As an ex-hockey player, I picked it up pretty quickly and feel very comfortable on most blues. I rented skis for the past season and had 165cm Atomics which were very narrow underfoot. I quickly came to realize that these were much too small for me.
A good friend of mine (who is an expert skier and the one who first taught me to ski) suggested that based on how quickly I progressed and based on my height, weight, etc. that I look for something around 175 cm long and 195-205mm underfoot. I've been looking based on these characteristics and have come up with the following as a list of potential first skis that would suit me and that I won't outgrow quickly. These are roughly ordered based on my initial thoughts on which ones would be most suitable for me.
Volkl 90Eight (177/98)
K2 Shreditor (177/102)
K2 Annex 98 (177/98)
Head Monster 98 (177/98) - too advanced?
Rossignol Experience 100 (174/100) - too advanced?
Salomon Q98 (172/96)
Also welcome any input people may have on first ski boots. I haven't done much research yet but am thinking 100 flex. Would 90 be better?
Thanks in advance!