Originally Posted by ssh
I dunno about that. I skied the 170 as my only ski for 2 years here in Colorado in everything from spring refrozen to 18" of fresh and crud. Loved 'em in all the conditions and I weighed about 180 at the time. The tip is wide enough for reasonable float, the torsion and sidecut sufficient for great edge hold, but they'll also feather nicely. At 185 lbs I would suggest that the 170 is more versatile while the 175 is more long-turn biased.
Been skiing on the RX8 railflex 170 length, since 2004 (red & white on black), first shaped skiis for me. I moved from Dynastar G9 in a 200 length.
As you can tell from the length of time on RX8's, I have a one word discription "nice". I ski primarly midwest flatlands, but make a western trip almost every year. The last few years to Utah. The RX8 was always the one ski quiver I enjoyed. "took it every where" greens to blacks, corduroy to crud, ice to powder, wide open bowls to trees.
I'm 5'10" 180# more or less, and getting older, 66 last summer. This year in Utah we hit it right 42" in of utah light in 24 hrs, probably about 24" at nite on top of 18" the day before. Now I looking for a pair of wider ski's, the RX8's took alot of effort, they would float but would dive unexpectedly. One of my ski buddy's told me it's not only the skis but the person on top of them. That sounded like a challenge. And this years snow is coming, I have no problem early on, but come late winter and deep western powder, I want to be on a wider ski and we'll see who is on top. Is there a wider ski that I should be demoing, the problem is, "in the midwest no powder so the demo won't be in conditions that I want". Do you have a idea of a ski that will ski similar to the RX8 and float better?