Originally Posted by Caucasian Asian
I think your real problem is that you bought the wrong size. Nothing you do will make your skis 10cm longer.
Here is the sizing info from Evo.
169cm: 130 to 190 lbs - 5'4" to 5'9"
179cm: 140 to 220 lbs - 5'9" to 6'1"
189cm: 150 + - 6'1" to 6'5"+
Unlike most shops - they have a truly deep knowledge of the ski. Both based on years of experience riding it, and on interaction with the people who designed the ski. Even if the chart came from K2 (I don't know), if Evo took issue with it, that'd be noted.
Also note that K2's sizing of the Hell Bent is widely known to be slightly nuts. Add 5 cm to have a more accurate picture of the real size of the ski. So a 169 HB is really a 175. A 179 HB is almost exactly the same size as a 185 EP Pro. It is quite serviceable for people north of 200 pounds. And a 189 HB is just huge - and a less than optimal choice for most people and uses out there (a sentiment you might also hear at Evo)
Could the OP use the 179 in wide open spaces - probably. But really, the issue is probably not ski size. In terms of float, the Hell Bents, in their own way, are pretty substantial in all sizes. The issue is most likely a combo of mount point and skiing style.
I'll get back to BoF later