go with the smaller size i think its a 176, youll have more fun on it. instead of asking if it floats and carves well, just look at the specs. obviously its going to float better than a salomon spk but not as well as a volkl gotama. its also going to carve better than a line elizabeth, but not as well as a stockli gs ski. so if youre skiing on the east coast 90% of the time get a different ski, no matter how much you want a slightly fatter ski for your week at breck every year. if you live in colorado, utah, or anywhere else where youre going to need a bigger ski, then go for the big trouble but dont expect it to carve and perform in the park like other skis will
you obviously have never ridden them. I am about the same size as you and have the 186 mounted about 3cm back from center. and they do everything really well. the only thing is is if you want them mainly for powder and not so much park mount them further back then I did. But yeas they are a great do everything ski.
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anyway, definatly a great ski in the EC and if you ski any POW its awsome... carves through anything... definatly get it in a 176 though youll love it. even does a ton of park
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