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Im a very similar size, 5'8" 165lbs. And Ive been trying to figure out the same exact answer... 178cm or 185cm?! I currently have the 2010 line Blends 173cm and they have zero early rise and full length camber and I really like the length those feel. So I was thinking the 178 opus would be nice, but every review and forum says they ski short... And I dont want the ski to be too short. But Ive also never been on anything long like the 185 and I dont want it to feel too long.
And sice im on a 100mm waist ski now I was thinking the 178cm would be nice and quick in the trees and groomers with the tighter turn radius than the 185, since im getting a little fatter ski. I was in love with the bacons and I wanted those, but im getting into some sidecountry/backcountry so im def going with the opus. Especially since I hear they slay groomers and whenever im on the groomers it's nothing too serious for me so just as long as they hold a good edge and can turn just fine ill be happy, and I read that they do that and more! So178 or 185?!?! Advise?
Yeah I havent been able to demo them... Ive seen the 178 opus and it looked the same size if not shorter than my Blends which is why I started wondering what size to get. I know with the early rise it's gong to make them look shorter when standing them up from the ground and I havent seen a tape pull on the 178 opus yet. I know Blister gear showed the 185 opus at 183.4 tape pull. Cool, thanks for the advise guys!!! Now please hurry up and get the 2013 available to buy!!!! haha