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Great "quiver of 1" ski
Now that I have more than 10 days on this ski, I can say with confidence that this is a great quiver of 1 ski. I've skied these in 2+ feet of fresh, light pow and they float great (if it's any deeper though, I'll probably go to my Megawatts). When the groomers turn hard and icy, they rail sweet GS turns. There is a bit of a speed limit to these skis, however I rarely hit it and when I do, all it means is that I have to use a bit more steering movements rather than just hard edging in my turns. Still, they don't flap around, have a fairly stiff flex and feel like a solid pair of skis on every condition I've found so far. I definitely love these skis and highly recommend them.
Can someone recommend length of ski? 5'10",...
Can someone recommend length of ski? 5'10", 185 lbs, advanced but not extreme skier. Plan for touring, back country telemark and some resort. Grew up skiing long boards (210 +) so going short is unfamiliar. Would 168 be uncomfortably short or ackward? Is 181 the more "normal" length?
Go for the 181. Given your size, ability, and previous skis, the 181 seems like the right call. I am 5'4" and 130 and the 168 was a bit shorter than I would have liked when I demoed it.
The month of April always seems to bring some of the best storms of the year. I always look forward to this time f the year as coverage is usually good and the snowpack is pretty consolidated and safe. Here's a little bit of the spring madness.
A good work horse ski
This is my go to ski for the days in which I have no idead what I'll encounter for snow condition. I've put more days on this ski then any other in my quiver. Icelantic bases are super durable and can take a beating. Trust me, P-tex point at the Bird won't phase these skis.
Great all around ski
Initially had a pair of the 08-09 design mounted with some Freerides, but decided this ski could be better utilized inbounds. Have the 168's, so length is a tad short for my size (5'11 185), but makes them more versatile in tight trees and especially the bumps. 105 in the waist has become a happy medium for me as its wide enough to enjoy in 12-18 inches of new snow and still manueverable in anything except the iciest of moguls (which suck anyway you look at it). When Colorado goes through a drought, they can still hold their own in the comical dumps down the road in Little and Big Cottonwood.