I was wondering what length one would suggest for a 185-190 lb male skier at 5'9"..level 8. I voted as a ' do not own a pair yet' and would be interested in purchasing a pair as a second ski. Currently on midfat.
Snert, what AltarGirl said. Be suspicious of hard and fast "rules;" you'll want to ski them.
I'm 6'1," 195 and on 177's (81 waist)with a stiff flex and am happy as heck with them in all situations except ice, which a fatter ski isn't made for anyway.
Snert, I ahve the same spec as you, and went with a 180 this year, the shortest ski I have been on since I was 12. All my other skis are 198 or longer, so it was a big change for me. I went with the Kneissl tanker, and so far it is incredible. I generally ski all terrain, but spend most of my time in the backcountry.
The longer, the better, the faster, the bigger... Damn if only they´d still sell those 250´s...
I´m 178 (this, being the metric system) and about 78 kilos. I bought a pair of 188 Völkl G4´s and I was like : / : when I heard they have them in 198 also.
Sure, they´re not the quickest ones but a damn fast Caddy ride... :