Originally Posted by skier_j
84 wide just might not be to wide for eastern conditions for 74skier---assuming the edge grip is decent.
Briefly he says to remember that a "wide" waist is relative. I'm 5'5 and 150 in ski boots. Floatation for me might occur on a 70 waist in a 160.
The SAME floatation for 74skier might have to be 90+ and 190 or more in length.
Thanks for helping to clarify my feelings on this!
I can definitely make a ski that is 75 waist do things that a smaller guy can't get it to do... And I would equate it to a ~65 waist on a guy 75-100 lbs lighter than me...
That said, it reminds me that I wanted to expand on my "class" of skis statement above.
I definitely don't think that I want to get into the 90 waist. I did ski on the Pocket Rockets out west, but those conditions would have been PREMO conditions in the east (they weren't powder, but they certainly weren't boilerplate!)
And I could make that ski edge, but that's just it. I had to MAKE it edge. I think that the Pocket Rocket would be more work than fun for me in the east. If I could buy a second pair in the 90-95 range for 'easter powder days' those would be awesome...
So, I think I could look to the following:
Class as 'low waisted' as a SX11 (66) or a 9X Oversize (68) or similar
Stick to what I know in a Monster iM 75 (74) or Recon (78) or similar
or go bigger Xtra Hot (80) or M:EX (84)
or go to a very 'progressive' shape in the Metron B5
Doesn't seem like I've narrowed it down much, but I think I am getting a better handle on my options (Then I can narrow further based on availability, price, etc)