For the past few years I have been spending a fair amount of time on a pair of Blizzard Titan Cronus (173 cm @ 125/88/111). Great ride in most all conditions - except serious hardpack and ice, which I am quite accustomed to as a Mainer.
I got a pair of Hart Pulses (180 cm @ 124/77/110) last year which I was not able to ski following a crash on Valentine's Day that put me out for the rest of the season. But I got them mounted up with VIST plates/bindings and will be ready to go this year.
I plan to get out west this year and would plan to bring one of these. I may not have the chance to use the Pulses in anything deep to do a back to back comparison with the Titan's before I go. So I am wondering, in general, whether a longer ski gives better flotation (if that is the right word) than a shorter one that is wider. The Harts are 7cm longer but 11 cm narrower at the waist. I do understand that the stiffness of the ski, materials, geometry and assembly can make a substantial difference. But these skis, I think, are pretty close in some respects - both wood core and no metal top. And they are on the soft side, I think. But the geometry is quite different. The Harts have considerably more side cut, which I assume means that the Titans may have more overall surface area.
So just on the numbers, which would have a better pedigree in the deep?
Would particularly like to hear from someone who has skied the Pulses in the deep.