Can The Shoguns Handle the East Like Colorado? I Lived in Colorado in 2009-2010 and skied the 182 Shoguns through anything, including packed, ice and crud, and feel like they could handle the terrain in the east. (I'm 5'9" 155 lbs). I'm living on the east coast now and am tempted to purchase the 173's.
I'm coming off a pair of 184 Salomon Sentinels, which were too long given their architectural characteristics (flat tail would clip bumps and prohibit me from making tight turns in the woods).
Would you recommend the 182 or 173 for the east, and occasion trip out west, if I'm skiing maybe 10-15 days a year. The thing that turned me off most about the Sentinel was the fact that I'd always be tempted to stop my line in the woods because they were too hard to move around.
Of course, I could rip the 182s, and they may be a bit better for the mountains out west, but for ripping groomers and skiing bumps and glades in the east, would the 173 be a better weapon? I definitely ski aggressively and charge, which is why I wonder if the 173 will provide sufficient stability while screaming down a groomer at 50 mph.
I initially wanted to try the Salomon Rocker2 108, but after learning about its instability at high speeds due to its design, I think I can rule that ski out for the east -- would you agree?