I was just wondering how the icelantic shamans rode in powder. Can you really lean forward in the powder. Also what size would a 115lb guy and where would you mount them?
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I am 6 3" 185 and I ski the Shamans in the 184cm length. I have them mounted on the line (they have several lines but the alpine line is the BC line). They are wonderful skis and I find them very user friendly and easy to ski. I like sidecut and the 184's have an 18 meter turn radius which is very hard to find in a longer wide board without rocker. I also don't like rocker especially tail rocker so these ski are perfect for me. They float wonderfully and they turn on a dime due to the tight TR. I can bury the tips on any ski including those with substantial tip rocker if I get way forward and heavily pressure the tips. I find these tips hold up quite well and they are sufficiently hard to bury. They will allow a forward stance as long as you don't put as much pressure that would bend the tips on hard snow.
Away from powder, these skis really do carve beautiful arcs (again they have a very tight TR). They will never be quick edge to edge (110mm underfoot and 160mm in the tips) but they can be laid over quite nicely and other than the lack of quickness edge to edge they feel like skinnier skis when in a carve.
As for size, I'm not sure I can help you. Mine come up to my nose and they feel perfect. The ski is solid but not excessively stiff. I could ski them longer if they came in a longer size but I might choose the 184 over a 192cm version (if they existed) for versatility and the tighter TR.
I find the center mount to be perfect. I don't feel I need to be further back in powder and on hard snow I can pressure the tips plenty from this position. If I moved the mount I would most lilley move it back versus forward if that helps (It seems a lot of people have chosen a forward mount)
Hope that helps.