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its all personal perference. i actually am more of an all mountian skier, like 70/30 all mountain to park, and i have always preferred a shorter ski. im 6'2'' 175lbs and i ride the 179 08/09 k2 kung fujas. granted, they actually measure to a 183-4, but it still is a little short given my height/weight. but then again, when im in the tight trees on the east coast i dont want to get all tangled up with 189s or longer...
so, i would say that if you are skiing the open bowls out west then go for the 189 hellbents. i had the chance to demo the 179s last winter and they were unbelieveable. k2 is an insanely solid all mountain brand, especially considering the hellbents, obsetheds, and kung fujas. all of which shred all mountain and in park, but the hellbents give you that extra underfoot to keep you in control and floating when in the deep stuff. BUT, if you are not out west, then the 179s will work fine. good luck!!