My 2 Cents...
skier stats: 6ft, 220lbs, level 7/8...quiver: 9sl's from 158cm-166cm & 8 high end carvers from 158cm-165cm...conditions: ne hardpack/boilerplate/sugar & ice...
the b5 is a bunch o' ski! i like to cruise w it BUT i don't relax! it is NOT the happy go luck cruiser some would have you believe...
i ski the 162cm (04-05 cause i WANTED the additional weight)
: w neox demos. for my conditions, it wants to turn, turn, turn (wasn't that a song from the '60's?) on the edges, doesn't like skidding much, nor being flat.
i seriously, can NOT imagine (for my conditions) man handling a 172cm. now for those of ya'll who have access to powder on a regular basis, a 172cm may be much easier to maneuver...BUT then you really aren't using the edge of the skis as much as the volume to 'float'.
so, as has been said many times, many ways (wasn't that a song from the '50's?)
on these forums, depends what you what to do/use it for.
have fun, boyz & grlz,