I bought a pair of B5's for 229.00 on EBay in 152's. No one wanted that size. The 165's were close to 700.00 at the time. I figured I would give it a chance. I was extremely elated to say the least. I came from a 187mm Atomic Beat Ride ski so I wasn't sure what to expect. These skis are heavy and very stiff. However, at 215lbs. and 5'8" I had no problem flexing them and getting them to turn. The biggest assett to having small skis is that turn effortlessly in the glades. Miss a turn and your eating bark but with the smaller skis I had confidence like I never had before. My longer skis forced me to make longer turns and would get caught up at times. The same thing in the bumps. Small skis rock. I had a felling this would be the scenario. However, I was most worried that I wouldn't have any stability at high speed. I'm always waiting for everyone in my group. Several times I let the skis goes and hit the Apex of speed meaning I stop going faster. I'm sure if I was on steeper trails I would have needed to turn and wouldn't have been able to max out my speed. Anyway, the stability was there. I had no problems and felt very confident. All in all I love this ski.