Don't be afraid of the midfat !
Originally Posted by fishEH
Thanks for the reply. I'll check out those skiis too. I'm just nervous about going THAT wide. What about length? Stay at 170 or should I go longer?
I was used to skiing a 200 cm pencil, (and the narrow waisted K2 Mod X) so I was skeptical of the claims that the AC4 users make about making short fast slalom turns and holding on ice. I can tell you that it's true ! When I looked at the beefy 82mm AC4 I had my doubts, but it's very close to the feel of a narrower ski. You do need to angulate ( roll the ski up on one edge ) a tad more than a slalom ski , but not by much. It's much faster edge to edge than you would expect, and it has great edge hold.
As outstanding as it is on hardpack, it's even better on soft snow !
I'm roughly the same size as you, and when I bought the AC4 I went with a 170, but I'm an east coast skier and I wanted the quikness and tighter turning radius of the shorter ski. If you're west coast, I wouldn't be afraid of the 177. It will give you that extra float and crud busting omph, but at the expense of some of the quikness. Try to demo both sizes if you can.
I'm not saying don't consider the AC3, Just don't be afraid of trying the Midfat. You may be very pleasantly surprised.