Great review, too bad H.S. has to hijack the thread.. I guess some people just did not get enough attention as children.
I agree that the shape of the tip and tail are changing the rules concerning length. I no longer depend on the factory stated length alone. I consider the running or contact length. Here is why;
Sidecut: Coomba 135 -102-121mm, Watea 134-101-124mm
Turn radius: 22 @174cm, Watea 25 @ 192cm
Running length: 174cm Coomba has a 152.5cm Running length, the 192cm Watea has a 162cm running length.
the 192cm has only a 9.5cm longer running length than the 174cm. In this case its the turned up tail on the Watea that shortens the ski.
Another compairo... The RX8 pictured below is a 175cm size.
It's running length is 7cm less than the 192cm 101.
And the RX8 has a turned up tail also.http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=67514