Inside of the Trango 4
They're primarily your powder ski, so I'd go longer - 179's. If you ski fast and aggressively, you're going to want something longer...especially with the pin tail and rocker.
I'm pretty much the same size as you and ride around 170's for my normal every day ski, but 185's for my powder skis. Definitely worth going longer.
You shouldn't have a problem. I use a pair of the BD Ascension skins that have a similar tail clip on my twin tips. Occasionally the clip will slide off to the side, but it's never been an issue.
I'd recommend about 110mm width for full coverage on the Extremes. They are 118mm at the tip and a good rule of thumb is the widest part of the ski minus 10mm.
As for length, I don't really understand how G3 sizing works. It doesn't look like you can trim these down for length and the medium might be long (174-186cm).
Whether you're bagging a peak in the Chugach or ripping down the groomers (not ideal), these bindings do it. I've put five seasons on my Fritschis and they're still holding up to abuse. I've used them for dozens of tours and even a good amount at the resort (more than I'd like to admit). I've never had a problem with the heel releasing while skiing. They do raise you up pretty high above the ski, and they do get some play over time, but all in all they are a good choice. Three levels for climbing, lightweight, and reliable.
Somehow I manage to break or lose headphones frequently. I needed a quick replacement and these were cheap. All I needed was something for the afternoon, and I expected to be replacing them soon after. Surprisingly, they work pretty well. Great at blocking outside noise, decent base for the small size/price. For everyday use- I'd recommend them. I'm looking forward to trying out some of Skullcandy's better headphones.
I've been using this probe for four seasons now with no complaints. It's a solid length, it's lightweight, and it can be put together in just seconds.
Probably my favorite powder ski yet. I had never skied anywhere near that big previously, so I had no idea what to expect, especially being a small guy. I on threw a pair of Marker Griffons and put them to the test.
At first, I was reluctant to take them out unless it was a major powder day. Soon, I realized that they are fun in almost any condition. They're extremely soft...and can pretty much pop off anything with the tails. The more I skied them, the more I realized you could just look where you want to ski, and you ski it. No questions asked. It was the first time I could drop cliffs and launch rollers in deep power without feeling like I'd be thrown "over the handlebars".
Obviously, they aren't going to handle well on crud and hardpack, but they can definitely hold their own ripping down the groomers to get back to the lift.
The EP's are landing pads for your feet. Go get yourself a pair!
The Carolina is a great boat. I've gone on several multi-day trips in Resurrection Bay outside of Seward, Alaska with it. It feels great in the water and holds plenty of gear. I like to attach a deck bag in front of the cockpit for convenience.
I wouldn't use them as hiking boots. They're good for walking around town, shoveling snow, and small adventures. They definitely don't have the support you'd want for a real hike.
You can definitely get wide enough brakes- I have these on a pair of EP Pros, 127mm under foot.
I put a pair of the Marker Griffons on my EP's last year. I'm about the same size as you... never had problems- I was very happy with my choice.
I'd say that out of those skis, the hellbents are probably the most similar. The EPs are big and floppy. I absolutely love them for powder days and heck, they're even pretty fun for just ripping around the mountain. As for hucking cliffs, these things are landing pads. No more 'flying over the handlebars' in the deep stuff because the tips won't dive.
The easiest place to start is on the Thule website- http://www.thuleracks.com
You pick your car make, year, and model and choose the type of activities you need a rack for (ski, bike, kayak, etc).
From there, it will give you all the components you need for a complete set-up.
Quick and Easy!
I have an older version of the heli pack and I could usually fit a book and a notebook or two in it. It's fine for a few items, but it doesn't have a lot of room for books and binders.
Does anyone have tips for cleaning it? Both the inside and outside?
Great ski to play around on if you're sticking to the groomers. Holds a solid edge, turns on a dime, and speed is not a question. If you're not ripping hard on the corduroy, I wouldn't recommend it.
Great all around ski for everyday in bounds skiing. It was my go-to ski for non-powder days. It rips hard on groomers and charges through crud. For it's width, it's pretty fast edge to edge and has some nice 'pop' to it.