I'm new to the site, so please have patience with me After skiing over 12 years on some old Salomons, I decided it's time to buy some new equipment. Did some research and Salomon Lord came out as clear winner.
However, I can't decide what length is right for me. I'm 5'8'', 170 pounds and I would rate myself somewhere between level 7-8 according to the PSIA rating (http://www.realskiers.com/symbol_def.htm#ability), meaning I can ski pretty much any trail and go more and more off-piste.
Initially, I thought 169 would be right for me, but the guy in the shop told me I should go for 177 as the twin-tip adds some 5cm and also the rocker adds in a little bit. I'm not afraid of long skis (my current are 185 although with almost no carve), but would really like to get other opinions. Do you think it's reasonable to go with 177, or should I stick with the 169?
My other question is what binding to choose. They sell them bundled with Salomon Z10 or STH12. Which one would you recommend? Or should I go for some Marker instead? I'd really appreciate some advise on this as my knowledge of bindings is quite limited.