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Are shorter skis ok?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm a teenage girl, 5'7" 130lbs. and a very aggressive and advanced skier. I just ordered a pair of K2 Missbehaved skis and I am very excited for them to arrive! The problem is, I ordered the 159 length, and my friends are telling me I should've ordered the 169s because of my height. The crappy skis I have been skiing on are Rossignol RocX size 150, and I was afraid to make too big of a jump in length. Could someone please reassure me that the 159s were the better choice?

post #2 of 11

The 159s are the better choice for your weight and height.

post #3 of 11
Originally Posted by norway3317 View Post
Could someone please reassure me that the 159s were the better choice?

Sure!  They were the right choice.  


As you get more advanced though, I would look at moving up a size.  You're probably going to start to feel hindered by the length of them, so the next ski you buy should probably be taller.  


post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

how would i feel hindered by the length?


post #5 of 11

Stability if you're really charging hard.  IMHO, always better to make an error on the short side.  Too long car feel like 2x4's and need 40 mph to start working.

post #6 of 11

If you leave holes instead of tracks when you ski powder they are kinda short. If you get 30 feet or more between porpose you will find most  powder skis short.

post #7 of 11
You will like them just fine. I'm your size an d would pick the same 159 length
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

thanks guys. actually, i exchanged them for the 169s but thanks anyway!

post #9 of 11

I'll go against the grain here and support your exchange. My wife is 5 lbs heavier than you, skis a much stiffer 88 mm in a 168, is also aggressive advanced. You'd have hit the envelope fast with a 159...


Put another way, IMO women tend to go too short and men tend to go too long...eek.gif

post #10 of 11

Were you happy with the move? In general it seems eople outgrow their skis quickly, especially when you are literally still growing.

post #11 of 11

I think you did the right thing by exchanging them for the 169s, especially since the K2 Missbehaved is a powder ski and it would go against the point to buy a short powder ski. Also it has a rocker which makes it feel shorter than it is when skiing on hard snow. I myself am shorter than you are and I ski a 172cm long ski. 

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