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Some of you may have read my thread from earlier in the week (A-Bangs vs. Rockers). I have decided to settle on the Rockers. But now the question is, what length should I get? They come in 171 cm and 181 cm. I am about 5'9" - 5'10" (175-178 cm), so I thought it would make sense to get them at 171, but someone said that due to the rocker and subsequent shortened running length, I should get the 181. I will be using these for park, playing around, and the occasional pow day. I am a bit wary of buying a ski that is taller than I am. Here are my concerns:
-The skis will be too long for me to butter; I will not be able to get my body weight up over the tips.
-The increased length will make the skis unwieldly and hard to handle, especially in the air.
-I will not be heavy enough (roughly 143 lbs) to flex this ski properly, so they will lose their playfulness.
*the playfulness of these skis is a huge concern for me. My Chronics are not playful at all, so I'm looking for a big departure from that.
However, if 171 is too short and keeps me from using these skis to their full potential, then I suppose I'll have to go up. What should I do?
I'm 6 ft 180 and have the 181's. I wish they were longer. I would honestly not mind them being in 185 or even a few cm bigger.
Go for 181, they ski really short, and are really soft. I guarantee you wont have much problem buttering them, the rocker and soft flex will help you out. They are also really light skis so you shouldnt have a problem being too heavy to maneuver in the air.
Im about the same height/weight and im getting the rockers. Think im gonna get the 171 just cause i have 171 invaders and i like the length. I like soft/playfull skis. Im guessing the rockers arnt softer than the invaders
i would get 181s...they will take awhile to get used to, but once you do it will be worth it. I'm 5'8" and ride 181 jibs and i'm really happy i went for those instead of 171s. Plus, as you said, rockered skis feel shorter because of less effective edge, so a longer ski will probably feel more natural.
Go 181. I'm 5' 9" and it's what I have. You already know how the 181 affects me, with the pm I sent you. Check out videos of me on them if you want. It's the best size, I even chose to get them over the 177 Ced skis, because I thought 177 would be too small. I'm happy with my choice.