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Did I buy ski's that are too long?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I have skiied probably 10 times in my life, stopped completely in 8th grade when I started snowboarding. Now several years later I have decided to get back into skiing, so I guess I am starting fresh as a beginner.

 

Last night, out of impulse, I bought a set of used Big Stix for $50.

Length on them is 185 which might be a bit big for a beginner. I am 6'2" 210lbs and just plan on all-mountain. Looks like my range is a bit shorter at 170-175. Are these going to be too long?

It really is no big deal, I can always unload them but just thought i'd ask.

 

 

Question 2: Skis came with railflex2 plates but no bindings. I know the purpose of railflex plates and adjustable bindings. Will these add any frustration in jumping back on skis?

 

Thanks much!

 

 

post #2 of 8

Don't worry about it.  If you have been riding a board in the snow you will adapt fairly quickly, and no those skis are not too long for you.  You could get by with a shorter ski, but for the type of snow and skiing the big stix were meant for, you want longer.

post #3 of 8

Yeah as you progress you'll appreciate longer skis, I started out with rentals that were about chin length and the ones I bought were nearer my forehead and I could tell the difference big time.  I'll probably migrate to something slightly larger just depends on where my weight ends up now that I  can get back into a exercise routine again after 9 months of migrating due to work.  Got a little plane seat flab going on due to travel and it's time to banish it :)

 

My advice is to go get a performance rental at the length you're looking for and see how you like it, then try a shorter one and see which one fits your style.

post #4 of 8

eh, for 50 bucks experimenting is fine.

 

The length is less of a problem for a relative beginner than the design of the Fischer Big Stix---they were fairly cumbersome planks-big guys like yourself were the targeted audience provided you knew how to really drive them.  As a ski to improve on...I'm not sure they were worth even your 50 bucks.

 

I would say, at 6'2", 210-you'll always appreciate a longer ski (in the high 170's to mid 180's)-you're a full-sized man, you deserve a man-sized ski!  But, try to get something with more sidecut and a slightly softer overall flex (which describes just about every ski between 72-94mm waists on the market these days)-you'll make up for lost time in your ski progress a lot faster.

post #5 of 8

the way i see it is im 6 foot 205 and i have 2 skis. a 168 and a 180  i would think the short ones are easier to to turn and can make much shorter turns.  this being said the big ones are plenty easy to control.  im not sure what you bought but my skis are race skis which take a whole lot more energy to turn than something else may but with all that being said, it may take a you a little longer and it may be a little more of a battle with your skis than something shorter may be but in the end it will most likely be worth it.


Edited by skisalot - 7/10/11 at 5:35pm
post #6 of 8

Several years of skiing on one big fat ski with your feet one behind the other has given you a big advantage over someone who has not skied in years and only "skied" 10 times.  How many times have you gone out riding on your board?

 

Short skis are easy to turn using the wrong technique, fighting the skis.  Almost all skis are easy to turn using the correct technique, even my old straight 208 SG skis (and I was only 140 lbs when I first got them).

 

You won't find them easy to make SL turns on, and they won't be a race ski on boiler plate, but you should have a blast making GS turns on most types of snow.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

well that is good to hear. I've snowboarded probably 5-8 times a season for the past 6 years. I went to the mountain with my girlfriend last weekend and borrowed her brothers skis. They were 177's and I got along just fine. Hit some blue runs and only fell twice during the day, so my confidence is way up.

 

Heading to Whistler this weekend and I'll ski the 177's everyday to really nail my technique (perhaps the rest of the season) outfit my big stix over the summer and go at it next year.

 

thanks for all the advice! Again it's only 50 bucks. I wont skimp on boots, so I can always just ski these for a season and get something quality for the 2013 year.

post #8 of 8


 

How new/old are those 177s? 

 

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Originally Posted by sphynx88 View Post

well that is good to hear. I've snowboarded probably 5-8 times a season for the past 6 years. I went to the mountain with my girlfriend last weekend and borrowed her brothers skis. They were 177's and I got along just fine. Hit some blue runs and only fell twice during the day, so my confidence is way up.

 

Heading to Whistler this weekend and I'll ski the 177's everyday to really nail my technique (perhaps the rest of the season) outfit my big stix over the summer and go at it next year.

 

thanks for all the advice! Again it's only 50 bucks. I wont skimp on boots, so I can always just ski these for a season and get something quality for the 2013 year.



 

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