jadavisWhen it comes to powder skis I find myself wondering how many of the people here on NS just pull stuff out of their asses. You can't go wrong with Bent Chetlers, Pettitors, or JJ's. They are all excellent pow skis and their construction is top notch because Atomic, K2, and Armada are good companies with good ski presses. Like I said before, the 2015 Bent Chetlers aren't worth blowing the money on, though. Also we're talking about POWDER skis, not crud skis.
I wholeheartedly disagree with your statement about the 2015 Bents and here's why:
They ski nothing like the previous BC models. Like I said above, they are much more stable at high speeds in every type of terrain than the earlier models. They don't make you feel like you're going to get bucked when you hit a bump weird and they hold an edge like no other when busting through the crud after the first tracks are gone. Granted, you could spend less money on another ski and be very happy, but I'm glad I spend the money on these skis because they are better in every way than the previous models. They're much poppier thanks to the SPV inserts and they charge so much harder. I don't have to work nearly as hard on the 2015's as I did on my 2012's. The ski does everything for me.
So OP, if saving up for the 2015's is an option for you, I would highly recommend you do that. They're stiffer than the K2 Pettitors and Obsetheds so they don't noodle around as much, but they are still very playful.
Depending on how you ski you could pick either the 185's or 192's. I would pick 185 if you're more into playful skiing and riding trees. But go with the 192's if you mostly do really big, steep lines.
I'm 6ft, 140lbs and I find that the 185's ski really well everywhere. But be sure to check out some other skis too.
That's my opinion on the Bent Chetlers. I can't speak for the other skis you're looking at but I just wanted to tell you what I know about the skis I'm on.