You guys need to reread the original post. The guys is REPORTING his experience to you, that shorter skis are better for his style of skiing. You CANNOT tell him he is wrong--this is his first-hand experience--he has already proven that he is right and YOU are wrong, by his own experience.
You can try to explain why your own preconceptions are wrong. But you cannot tell him that he is better off in a longer ski. He is not.
Personally, I agree with the OP. I'm 5'10" 145lbs and I used to ski a 170, but I switched to 163, and felt instant gratification. Although since then, I've tried to go back to longer skis, which provide more stability at speed, I think short skis definitely have their place, and I can totally see where bbells is coming from.
Edited by mrzinwin - Tue, 03 Feb 09 17:23:15 GMT
That's like saying "I used to ride one of those olde tyme bicycles with the huge front wheel and the tiney little front wheel on rough dirt trails. But I recently tried a new road bike on those same rough, rocky trails. What a huge improvement!! I'll ride a road bike on rough technical trails from now on!"
Sure - a road bike's gonna handle better than some ride from the 1800's, but it's still not gonna handle anywhere near as well as a mountain bike. The OP went from a pretty short ski down to a ridiculously short ski. Without even trying a normal sized ski.
It depends on what kind of skiing you're doing. If you're trying to ski at speeds above 30mph, then longer is better. If you're skiing at slower speeds because you're trying to bring a tobaggan down the hill, then longer may not be better.
My point is that bbells is reporting his personal experience to you, which trumps whatever theories you may have about skiing. Clearly, you are wrong, because his own personal experience contradicts you.