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i dunno how far you plan on skinning/hiking, but i tell everyone who wants a BC ski this. you dont need a huge ski to ski BC. seriously, a huge waist is actually gonna be a bitch and a half to drag around. like i said earlier, if your hiking for like an hour, its fine. but a day trip, id definitly want somethin in the 90 range.
I've been using pocket rockets for a few years. Just sold em to get the new 1080 GUN. 175 length and 90 underfoot works great for me. they're pretty soft and flexible but I'm west coast so I like em. East coast you'll probably want something stiffer.
if you want a ski for strictly pow then go for the prophet 130. had a chance to try it last season in ellicotville ny in 3ft of fresh and they were awesome! better than the vicious in pow but not all mountain.
To anyone saying that phat skis are to heavy to drag around in the BC must be a stinky hippy. Think about it, why wallow around out there? You can surf the pow you are searching out.
I have people in the shops laugh at me when I get 130mm wide skins and then even out there in the BC. I do the laughing when I blow by those skinny ski folks, who are spending some time climbing out of their crash tub.
If you think I am retarded than you need to hit the stair master or ride your bike to hike like a man on the real deal setup.
thanks for all the feedback, i just looked at the jp vs julien and am leaning that way. the reason i liked those was the weight, they were soo light but at the same time didnt have a flimsy flex pattern. i love line skis and have been skiing on them for 5 years, but i think that 172 is too short for actually skiing powder.