I have Explosiv's in 165 (beat) and 173 (new). I loved them until I got the Squads, 165, which do everything quite a bit better. I'm no longer a big fan of older ski design (the burgundy buddha model explosiv's are a throwback to the very first explosiv's Volkl made, about 10 years ago.)
I'm about 163cm tall.
My 08 Legend Pro's are 176, and they rock in every situation for me. So, heck yeah, that 'long' ski rocks.
I'm going to inheit a pair of 176 (ish?) S-7's. I'm stoked to give them a spin on a deep day.
Skis used to be all pretty similar, maybe 5 or 6 designs. Now, with at least a dozen designs, there are far more considerations.
One advantage of skiing solo is that if you want to ride a long ski that is most fun on big open lines, you aren't forced (by following the posse) to ski narrow and confined lines or tight bumps.
Some trad long skis are more work on the knees on inappropriate lines.
Originally Posted by Jer
As for jump turns and pedal turns and all that mountaineering stuff - I personally don't get into that at all anymore. Same thing with firm snow. I know - some times it's unavoidable,but I don't seek it out anymore.I think in those situations (ski mountaineering) a fairly short ski is a good idea.Rocker allows you to slarve and slide ass,but you're not locked into doing that - at least not in powder. You can ski straight down the fallline just like on a normal ski if you want to. That's why I gotta laugh at some of the guys here who state that they don't like skiing sideways, thus they don't like rockered skis. I think a lot of people, when they start skiing tight trees, instinctively try to "ski sideways" in an effort to control their speed. I mean - even with regular skis a lot of guys go ridiculously short. You've gotta overcome that instinct. With rockered skis (and especially R/R skis) you can change directions and stop a lot faster and there's no need to ski all uptight.
edit: FWIW - I'm 5'11" and most of my skis are in the 193-195 range (one with normal camber,three with no camber, one with reverse camber). Truthfully, I've never looked to see how far over my head they are. I think for the most part it's a matter of personal preference. I've always liked long skis. Dav - what size are those Explosivs you've got? I'd think you could easily go10cm longer than that in a rockered ski.