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dmcdmcAt your height and weight and with the copious amounts of rocker that the JJs have, they are likely on the smaller side for you.
The JJ definitely isn't a directional ski with it's relatively forward mount. Really depends on your style. Could always mount them, try them and see. A JJ UL setup with shifts should retain its value pretty well if you only use them a few times.
I definitely wouldn't try to conform my skiing style to the skis. The gear should serve you, not the other way around. Who knows, you might find them fun though.
natski37So I recently bought a pair of 185 JJ UL (I am 6'3" and ~215lbs btw). .... I would have gotten the 192 but ... I prefer directional skis due to a bad habit of mine of landing backseat and washing out on large drops and jumps etc. My main concern is that they will be great for uphill but ill struggle doing anything but open pow fields on them. Or should I just practice landing more forward and centered so I can enjoy the skis as they were designed.
cydwhitYeah, what Kid said.
I'm 6' 190 lbs and a very not-directional skier, and the 185 JJ UL is borderline to short and soft for me. I'd personally size up to the 192 myself, and highly recommend that you do too. Even for straightforward open pow I'd want to be on more ski if I was your size, especially if you were overpowering the big Catamarans.
I'll second that Wildcat Tour recommendation, it's got 90% of the fun, playful attitude of the JJ UL, while being way, way, way more stable and capable at higher speeds and in worse snow.
Another option would be something from ON3P with a touring layup. A 186 cm Jeffrey 118 with a tour layup would be pretty slick
natski37I bought these skis to pay homage to my favorite skier when I was a kid. When I was 9 I watched All I can and was understandably blown away. I'm frustrated that they might not be the ski for me, but I guess I didn't buy them to be. It made a lot of sense to me when I bought them especially since the money went to the Canary Club and that JP had made the artwork himself. Part of me never wanted to mount them, and they might not be mounted at all. Apparently, only 35 of these were made and I read that someone else who bought them planned on never skiing them either because they had bought them in the memory of somebody personal that they had lost who also looked up to JP.
cydwhitAnd that's super cool. If there were ever a ski that was worth paying for just to use as a wall ski, this is a good one.
Sorry, wasn't trying to say anything about whether or not you should have bought these, was just trying to offer insight into how they'd potentially ski for you.