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no way. they are 87 underfoot but thats not enough to have fun in deep pow in the BC.
you're shorter but have a little weight on you so you can go with a larger ski, maybe consider the 185 arv, its 95 underfoot. and you're only gonna be on it for park 65% of the time.
really i'd go for somethin truly beefy underfoot. maybe look towards a pair of lizzies. they aren't very tall if you didn't want to go real big but the 110mm underfoot will slay in teh Bc.
you could also take the route of something like the 4frnt msp. at the 181 size you've got 92 underfoot, so not a whole lot but still enough for a little floatation. i throw this out there because its stiffer than the two skis i've recommended already.
I doubt he'll be spending 30% of the time in deep backcountry snow. What he will be skiing is probably:
15% DEEP POW and backcountry
20% deepish snow that doesn't need anything more than 85-90 underfoot.
I know this because he is my brother and we ski at the same place and unfortunately we don't get that much deep powder and shit. The longest ski he needs is 174 and that is pushing it. The skis he needs are line Anthems. Most likely in a 171.
ARVs or Seths. Seriously, you can debate it with yourself forever in search for the "perfect" skis but anything soft-ish 90-100mm is going to work. Go with whatever you can get a good deal on, ski them and enjoy.
sorry to be a dick and that, but this strikes me as a perfect example of an advice seeking thread where 80% of people have completely ignored the info the guy gave about himself and what he wants out of a ski.
he's 5'8" and wants a ski for 65% PARK!!!
i.e. park performance is most important with the added all mtn capacity. and yet...
ep pros- 185, 127 underfoot...
bacons- 182, 115 underfoot...
jp vs juliens- 188/178, 103 underfoot...
come on people, pay attention.
so like I said, 175 arvs perfect.
if you wanted to go a bit bigger, 178 scratch bcs
a bit smaller, 171 bcs, anthems would work too
176 scratch sprayers would be good too.
in conclusion, 175 arvs, 176 sprayer bcs i think- or one of the alternatives i suggested and ignore the sfb, ep, jj lunatics...
alright then well ill say right know a good choice would be the scratch BC's, I think ARVs are abit to soft but i depends if u like soft or not, karmas are also good but u might find them too stiff like the chronic blends...yah thats a bunch of random there
He's more like 5'6/5'7 and has been skiing on shorter skis so I think 174 would be a good length. Just my opinion, and I know how he skis and what he skis because he's my brother and I ski with him sometimes.
i have the ar6 and the are a great park ski they can do all the other stuff to and they float in powder a bit there not powder skis but they do float they have 82 waist on mine but mine are 161 and they increase in size as u go up in the line