What size should I go with? The 186 or 196?
I'm 5'11- 6'0 and weigh 205 lb.
I ski lots of pillows, trees, deep pow, steep lines and lots of cliffs and drops.
You are right in the sweetspot on the 4FRNT recommended rider heights for the 186.
Frankly, I wouldn't hesitate to go 196. In my experience, the 186 is really best for people (like me) who weigh below about 170#. Most of the people I know who say they don't like the Ren are people who weigh 180# or more and tried the 186.
If it's starting to feel like a Goldilocks situation and you're not sure you can handle the 196, also consider the 193 Cease & Desist or 191 Billy Goat from the company ON3P. Both are burly skis with a nice long turn radius...and they're made in the USA as well.
Love, love, love my Rens though!
Go for 196 cm 'long skis truck, short skis suck.- Glen Plake. Shorter skis lose stability at high speeds.
So it really depends on where and what style of skiing you are planning on doing. When I ski the bird exclusively and I am charging big turns and have time to stop I would hop on the 96's, but if I am ripping the tight trees of Alta or little billy goat lines the 186 will work perfectly
I found at 6'2" and 195lbs + gear the 186 was pretty good in tight areas like trees, however I found that I wanted more when opening up in bigger areas. Since I already have a tree ski I opted to size up to the 196. Don't be fearful of this ski - it skis effortlessly