I'm about 5'6" on a good day 5' 7" and I ride the EP Pro 185cm, Hell Bent 179cm and the '09 JJ in the 188cm length. Rockered skis ski so much shorter than they look since there is only like 100cm underfoot touching.
im 5'10 and i like a longer ski better. ive got 189 obsetheds and 181 addicts and they are perfect.
i had 176 chronics and those felt kind of short. i will never dip below 180 now. i kind of want to start looking at 190s
it depends on what ski and what you're using it for. im 5'8 and i ride a 183 stiff pow ski, and its not even close to being too big. i ride a park ski in the mid 170's, so a 181 would definitely not be too big for you
some of it depends on what 181 skis you are looking at
I'm about 5'10" and all my skis are 180-185 i consider the seth to be in the 180's the 179 is like a 183
also depends on how much you weigh and how strong you are