Sammy D wrote an answer about Volkl Katana Alpine Ski on September 4, 2010
i'm an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than you. i skied the 190 last season and really liked it. To answer your question on length. yes the rocker does make the ski seem a little shorter on the hard back. it skis more like a184, but in the powder(were it matters)it skis just as long as a traditional 190, but floats even better. if you are only skiing it on only powder days, i would maybe think about the 197, but i think the 190 would be better. i had a metal binding on the ski and the set up is not light. that 197 will be the heaviest ski you have ever owned.