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HELP: What length to get???

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

So i'm looking at getting the 2011 Dynastar Contact Groove but i'm not sure what length to get it in. I'm 172cm (5"8') 75kg (165lbs).

 

I'm a competent skier, ski and teach all year round and have my Level 2 NZSIA. I like to ski fairly aggressively.

 

These will not be my main teaching ski's, I have the Rossignol Alias Carbon for that in a 166cm (slightly rockered tip)

 

I'm not sure whether to go with the 160cm OR 165cm. I've skied my mates 165cm Contact 9's and while they skied longer than my Alias they weren't unmanageable and after a couple of runs i was pretty confortable on them. I'm just not sure which way to lean on this.

 

Any ideas or feedback would be much appreciated. :)

 

post #2 of 6

165 at least.


 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

I can't get them any bigger than a 165. Why bigger?

post #4 of 6

Why longer?

 

They come in 155, 160, 165 and 172.

The 172 is made for heavier guys or normal sized guys who ski fast, you say you ski aggressively, so I assume you ski fast.

You ski all year long, teach, and have NZIA L2, so I assume you have the skills and know what to do with them.

You have a softer, more sedate ski, so these would be used for full throttle fun.

Longer will give you slightly more versatility (it's still a short radius skij), and a welcome longer fore-aft platform on which to recover when you get a little out of sorts from skiing too fast for conditions. and the longer ski will allow more snow to hold you in the curve when you push the envelope on softer snow.

 

I own a 165 cm 13 m radius ski (Fischer WC SC), and weigh about the same as you (my weight goes up and down, but includes periods at 165 lbs), and though there have been times when I would rather have been on a longer ski, I've never felt I would rather have been on a shorter ski.  (I also own skis up to 208 cm)

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Cool, nice info. I know what i want out of it and am sure that i could ski it at any length. it's good to hear other people's ideas and thoughts though Thanks smile.gif
 

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Why longer?

 

They come in 155, 160, 165 and 172.

The 172 is made for heavier guys or normal sized guys who ski fast, you say you ski aggressively, so I assume you ski fast.

You ski all year long, teach, and have NZIA L2, so I assume you have the skills and know what to do with them.

You have a softer, more sedate ski, so these would be used for full throttle fun.

Longer will give you slightly more versatility (it's still a short radius skij), and a welcome longer fore-aft platform on which to recover when you get a little out of sorts from skiing too fast for conditions. and the longer ski will allow more snow to hold you in the curve when you push the envelope on softer snow.

 

I own a 165 cm 13 m radius ski (Fischer WC SC), and weigh about the same as you (my weight goes up and down, but includes periods at 165 lbs), and though there have been times when I would rather have been on a longer ski, I've never felt I would rather have been on a shorter ski.  (I also own skis up to 208 cm)



 

post #6 of 6

You could get away with 165 no problem; I've skied my 165 WC SCs in conditions ranging from ice (after three days of freezing rain) to over a foot of heavy wet snow, and at speed up to 65 mph.  165 would be better for hard snow short slalom turns at SL and lower speeds.  170 would be better for everything else.

 

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