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vinp436402 wrote an answer about on March 3, 2013

I am 5' 5" and 155, strong expert skier, but never competed. I ended up on the 173. I was hesitant to go down that short. I've been on a 178 BD Megawatt for the last three years and loved those. However, the 173 Shiro is way more stable and also cranks quick turns with little effort...really a lively but stable ski. I'm amazed. I've skied them in hardpack, bumps, dust on crust, heavier pow, chunder, and full on blower, and they rocked it all.I would only get the 183 if you always make big turns in the wide open, like the Upper Cirque in three turns,you know?