GS ski length-need some advice
Hi. I am in the market for my first pair of real GS skis. I would like some help with sizing, as I have never really owned a "real" GS before.
Age 26, 5 foot 9, 155 lbs, fairly strong lower body relative to upper (I get 200 miles or so on my road bike per week in the summer, so my legs build up as my upper body atrophies
). Been skiing since the age of 10, last season was the first running gates. Currently about 60 days per year, 20 are race training. Last season I only trained (didn't have the money to race, but will race USSA regional races this season). Training on "real" GS sets with the local college team-not quite as fast as those guys, but not too far behind, and quicker than most of the Masters in the group. Decent technique, can carve cleanly in GS sets. Last year I was on a Fischer World Cup RC in 180 (the racecarver version). It was a good ski stability and smoothness wise, but it was suggested that I get good enough angulation and therefore could benefit from a 21 meter GS ski, rather than the Fischer racecarver with it's locked-in 17 meter turn radius. I tried a Head laminate (i-GS, RS119) in 180cm and loved it-carried much more speed from turn to turn, while still carving a tight line. It was more predictable and easier to adjust a line-all in all a better ski at race speeds. Based on that experience, it seems that I definitely want to "move up" from a racecarver to a real GS.
What size of GS ski would you recommend for me? The coach is putting most of his guys on 183's, but I don't know if that is overkill for someone of my size. Obviously it may depend on the ski-a retail ski may ski shorter than a race-stock model. Any specific examples of skis that would likely work in a certain length for me? I don't really have a preference-I figure they are all good, it is more of getting something that is the right length and is a good choice for the lighter racer (vs. the ski for the 220 lb guy who quats 550).