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post #1 of 9
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First post. Back into skiing after nearly 20 yr. hiatus (now with teenage sons who are into skiing).  Looking to buy a pair of K2 Rictor skis.  I'm 6' 1" and 190 lbs.  Intermediate skier looking to advance.  My question is 174 vs. 181 length.  I've been skiing on 177 Head Xenon 2.0 skis.  I'm more into groomers than bumps but would like to improve on the moguls suggesting smaller would be better.  However, I have an opportunity to get 181's at a really good price.  Would I be making a mistake to step up to 181 or should I step down to 174 size?  Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 9

The 181cm length isn't too long for you, but a 'really good price' on a ski that isn't quite right just isn't a good deal at all. Take the price out of the decision, if you think the 181 is going to be OK, and you would choose it anyway then take advantage of the price, if you wouldn't choose that length then don't throw away good money trying to save a small amount.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

The 181cm length isn't too long for you, but a 'really good price' on a ski that isn't quite right just isn't a good deal at all. Take the price out of the decision, if you think the 181 is going to be OK, and you would choose it anyway then take advantage of the price, if you wouldn't choose that length then don't throw away good money trying to save a small amount.

+1  Sort of like someone saying I got a really good deal on these boots, of course they're a full size too big and also too wide, but it was a really good price.  Ugh.
 

 

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

The 181cm length isn't too long for you, but a 'really good price' on a ski that isn't quite right just isn't a good deal at all. Take the price out of the decision, if you think the 181 is going to be OK, and you would choose it anyway then take advantage of the price, if you wouldn't choose that length then don't throw away good money trying to save a small amount.


QTF

 

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Agree completely.  Taking price out, I'm still left with the dilemma - 174 vs. 181.  As an intermediate skier who skis 5-10 times per year, mostly groomed runs, looking to improve in the moguls, I'm asking for recommendations of going shorter than my current 177's to the 174's or longer to the 181's. I don't want to be purely basing this choice on advice from salespeople who might be pushing the only size they have in stock. No disrespect for salespeople intended - they are certainly more knowledgeable than I.  Again, 6' 1" and 190lbs.

post #6 of 9

Sounds like either size will work for you.  Any chance you could demo?  I would go with the 174 given your ability and that you primarily ski groomers.  If you're looking for better performance in crud and powder, I would go longer. 

post #7 of 9

Your physical size, the fact that Rictors have a bit of rocker to them (making them ski "shorter"), and the fact that they are softer than some other skis all suggest the 181 size would be right.  I would be trying to decide b/w these sizes myself -- but I'm 4" shorter and 20 pounds lighter and I like stiffer skis.

But I'm only some dude on the internet.

 

BTW, there is a school of thought that says slightly longer skis are better in bumps -- there's more to length to support and forgive you fore and aft if your center of gravity cycles off the sweet spot.

post #8 of 9

Your height and weight say '181' to me, your "intermediate, 5to10 days a year" says '174'. The 174 will be better at first, and at 5 or 10 days a season will probably always be better for you.

post #9 of 9

i would go with 174cm. if you want to ski on moguls its always better to ski on shorter skis...

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