Seeing as i'm lazy, (sort of) with 29 days on the hill so far this year, i still havent pulled the trigger on a new pair of skis, but the only real question is 184 or 191.
for background, im 6'2" 215ish 25 years old, solid level 9 skier live in breck. I'm looking for hard charging fattish all mountain ski, crud busting and stability at speed most important. currently running on mostly 190 gotama and 186 mad trix mojo mounted true center. LOVE the gotamas for anything deep, like them pretty well for chop, but too fat, not enough shape, and a touch too soft for all mntn all the time. Mad trix are also a blast, but with the center mount they're too squirrley for wide open speeds, and they dive in the pow. I know i could probably pull the bindings back, but i want to keep a fat jib ski, and dont want as much shape in my all mtn/wide open speed skis, so i would prefer to leave them as is.
The main down side to the 191 vs the 184 seems to be in the trees, but after a season on the gotamas, i really dont mind having to throw them around more when things get tight. granted the tails on the gotama are much easier to slide than the mantras and the twins ski short, but i'm not sure that i want to trade stability at speed and chop busting for ease of use in tighter spots. I also know that the tails on the mantra are going to be stiffer, so i dont want to go so long that i'm muscling everything. also, with the extra length i'm thinking that i can mount a 191 at the mark, whereas i think i would be pulling the 184 back 1.5cm, bearing in mind that the Gotama will always be the go-to-ski when it's deep, so i'm not looking at an exclusive powder ski. Still, I definitly want something robust for variable conditions, and wonder if 184 is a touch short.
Anyway, i would greatly appreciate any and all input, and thanks in advance!