Originally Posted by gyro
I'm no expert, but I've been through this process recently... my $.02 is that doing good research will always put your perfect fit between two actual sizes. Then it's time to test them.
You're taking a trip out by air, right? Do you really want to travel with any skis at all, let alone an untested pair? I'd say get the best fitting boots you can (a whole 'nuther kind of anguish), then demo your short list of skis/sizes at the mountain. If you can make some kind of reservation for the skis, that should help the peace-of-mind factor.
I tested the 168s yesterday, but when I returned the 5* today, the local shop informed me that is the only
size they offer in the 5* to demo.
BTW, I have my own boots, Lange GX9.
My trip out west is not until mid-March so I am worried about the availability
of demos and the available inventory of skis to purchase.