Hello, new to the forums here. Looks like a nice community. I have a quick question regarding ideal ski length of some Head Monster 78's I am looking at. There is a store nearby that is closing down and they are selling these at an excellent price of $220. They only have one size left (171 cm) and I am thinking of snatching them up. I am 6'-0", 180 lbs and my other set of skis are a well used pair of Volkl Vertigo G21's that are 178cm. I ski out west 60% groomed, and venture of piste the rest of the time. I don't usually luck out to make it to the REALLY deep powder days but I do like to hit the powder when I can. I don't really hit the bumps as much these days but still like to ski chutes and other off trail terrain. I would say I am probably expert level, about an 8, but bumps would be my weakness (I'd like to get better though). I am 37.
My question is whether, at my hieght and weight, a 171cm would be notceably limiting compared to the Volkl's at 178cm? Do you think a 171cm ski would be ok for someone my age/hieght/wieght. I certainly don't feel like I need more length when skiing the Volkl's, but the certainly don't feel too long either.
The store also has a pair of Rossi Bandit B78's in a 174cm. Should I pick those up instead? (Reasearch seems to point me to the Monster 78 as the better ski)