I usually ski a 181-184 and these feel short. I would go with the 188 for me. I'm 5'8" and 175lbs.
I'm 5' 8" 175 and I thought that the 180's were a bit short, but that being said I like a longer ski.
Ok, so here's the deal, I'm from Utah and have a quiver of skis. I think I have six pairs of skis and that's if I don't steal one of the eleven pairs of skis that my brother has and to be honest on any given day I would rather put this ski in the car and not have to worry about what the conditions will be like. This ski can carve, it can float, it can kill the crud and at the end of the day after skiing all of the conditions that a mountain can have, you will still love the ski. I've had powder skis and they are only fun in the powder, I've skied World Cup skis and they are only fun on the groomers, and I've skied all mountain skis and this is a all mountain ski like none that you have ever seen. I felt like I was cranking out slalom turns on the groomers. It floats better than most of the old powder skis that I have and it charges in the crud. My only complaint was that the tip flaps around a bit, but over all I think I can handle the tip flap for how good this ski does everywhere on the mountain.
Well, it has a nice flex under foot, with a GS race ski side cut, so it can do well in the pow, as well as on the groomers.
hey, JRappGuru, it does have ear pads, or at least the Rant that I bought did, so pretty sure it does come with ear pads
so, I want to ride alpine on them, do they work for that if I throw on a back country binding