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alpha.mooseI am really torn about wheter to buy the 190 cm or the 184 cm Line SFB. I am 6' 3", but only weigh 170 lbs. Someone recently told me that weight was more important than height. I am an advanced skier who is trying to get better at butters and spins. I am really wondering how much stability I would be giving up at the 184 vs the amount of manuverability I would be giveing up at 190. Anyones thoughts would be super appreciated.
patagonialukeAny time you ask about ski length, it's always useful to also include the skis you've used in the past, which lengths, and if any of them felt particularly long or short.
That said, I'm pretty confident you'd prefer the 190. It's a very light, pretty soft, very rockered ski — all things that make it feel a bit shorter than many comparable skis. Personally, I'd only size down if I was primarily using it for the park, skiing a ton of super tight terrain, or maybe if the other skis you've used are in the 180-185 cm range.
alpha.mooseThanks for the feedback Luke! I currently ski the 188cm Atomic bentchetler 100 mounted at +2 cm from recommended and the Atomic benchetler 120. I have really loved my 188 cm and haven't felt like they have held me back in terms of maneuverability, but they definitely do have a speed limit whenever I try to mach one down grooms and put down a hard edge. They have been way better than the 186 cm Black Crows Camox I had the year before. I felt like the camox was not quick enough edge to edge and found its float to be lackluster.
My only hesitation is that this spring I was able to demo the Moment Wildcat 108 at 190 and 184 and preferred the 184. My favorite ski of the day was definitely the Deathwish at 184 cm. I thought about getting those skis but decided a 107 mm ski would be a better addition to my quiver than a 112 mm. Due to my height, I have never skied anything shorter than the longest length available for a given ski model and so I am just unsure if a shorter ski would actually work better for me. Also, if you had any thoughts about SFB vs Deathwish for my quiver that would be awesome. Seriously, thanks for the help:)
patagonialukeGotcha, that helps a bunch. I think the 190 SFB is the right call for sure in that case.
Vs. the Deathwish, the SFB is much softer overall, is lighter, and has a much tighter sidecut radius. The SFB is much better for carving tighter turns and much easier to butter, but less stable at speed. Neither ski is super heavy but the DW's stiffer flex and longer radius help it track better and get knocked off track a bit less at high speeds in rough snow. For getting better at butters and spins, the low weight, forgiving flex, and convex tips & tails of the SFB are excellent, while the DW is still really easy to spin but more difficult to butter.
I get along with the 184 SFB, 184 Deathwish & Wildcat, and the 188 BC 100, but I think for someone of your size the 184 SFB would feel too short and I don't think you'd lose out on a lot of playfulness / maneuverability by going with the 190.