Sorry - another fit question...
Well, it is moot really since I've already bought the skis, but I thought I'd pick some brains. I'm new here, so sorry if I am bringing up one of those non-stop questions.
First off, I'm new here - just getting back into skiing after a 10 year lay-off - my 6 year old is starting boarding lessons this winter and I figured I'd pick up a fun pair of skis to get back into things. A local sportexperts is going out of business and they were having a big clear-out yesterday only - I went by and found a deal that was hard to pass up - a pair of one-use Bandit B2's with Axial 120 bindings for $300 CAD. For a little background, I am 6'2, 225lbs, athletic (hockey, biking, baseball), and I was a high intermediate skier when I stopped a few years ago. My main interests for these skis is accompanying my son on on-piste stuff while he's developing, but also having the option to go into the fluff and bumps when the opportunity presents itself and as I get back into it (I'll probably take a refresher lesson or two while my son is doing his boarding lessons). I ski East coast - mostly Quebec.
Here's the issue - while I don't have extensive experience on shaped skis, I was running 176 carvers when I rented the last time I skied out in Jasper (X-Screams) - I really enjoyed the shorter length. The store only had 174 B2's, however, so I am wondering if that 2 inch difference will have a huge impact, or is it something that should be easily adapted to. The guy at the store was about my size and he said he never skis anything longer than 174, and that the wider waiste of the B2 will make up for the slighter shorter length. Now, I don't need a tonne of flotation - even on powder days here you're not in any major fluff for long, and bowl action in my area is not only very limited, but my current form will keep me out of them for a while anyway. These have a pretty good resale, so I'm certain I can unload them and get something longer if needs be, but the Bandit line is exactly what I was after, so I'd like to to hold onto them. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.