This is a great ski. I am 155 lb / 5'8" expert skier. I bought the 178 and mounted Fritschi Freerides. I was a bit concerned about the length, but in fact, they are exactly the same length as the K2 Outlaws they replace / supplant. I've skied them about 6-7 days, mostly groomed / hard pack because of lack of snow here in the Sierras. They are not quite as stable as the Outlaws on the hard stuff, and in fact chatter quite a bit when you edge firmly on packed snow. However, they turn easily, and carve beautifully, and in the few chances I've had to venture off piste (1 foot powder, and some serious sun-softened mashed potatoes) they skied beautifully, floating nicely, responding quickly, and despite their lightness, cutting through the crud and heavy stuff without hesitation. They beat the Outlaws off piste, I think, and are neck and neck on piste in all but the very hardest snow. Glad I got 'em.