Having received them they seemed short, I measured them from tip to tip and they are 178, although it says 183 on the sides.
Could I be measuring them wrong ie length is not the vertical height but includes the total edge length (ie including the arcs at the end)?
Has anyone come across this problem before, although rare it is possible that factories mislabel things?
Lastly should I be concerned at this shorter length? I am 6"4, 210lbs and have never had skis shorter than 188. I don't ski fast and would be happy with a shorter turn, but am concerned about potential lack of float. I will be using them as an all-mountain ski on fresh snow days rather than a powder only ski - which was the main point of getting the '09s rather than the more powder orientated '10s.
I would be grateful for advice on this last point as I don't want to ruin their resale value by drilling them and trying them out.