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Help me decide: 165 or 172 (Sultan 94)

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I'm planning to buy 2011 Sultan 94's.

 

I'm 5' 5" and 145 pounds, 44 yrs old.  Ski pretty fast and aggressive.  Demoed 165s and liked them a lot, but thought they were slightly unstable at high speeds, and tips had a slight tendency to cross in thicker crud, mainly at high speeds.  However I do prefer shorter radius turns.  I also like skiing in trees and tight spaces.

 

This will complement 167 cm Supersonics, and replace 170 cm Mantras.  Both seemed about the right length.

 

The 165s come up to my eyes barefoot and my nose with ski boots on; the 172s are slightly overhead.  168s would be perfect.

 

Will the 172s be more stable at speed?  (I know they'll be less turny.)  

Is it too much ski for a guy my size?

 

Thanks!

 

By the way will be unable to log on for about 36 hrs, if any one has questions.

post #2 of 7

Considering you prefer tighter turning skis for the trees I'd go with the 165. 7cm longer in the 172 won't help stability that much, it will be better but not significantly, and if you find that in cut up snow the tops are crossing in the 172 you'll just have a worse experience. Good luck with your choice!

post #3 of 7

You could go either way and likely be happy.  The answer really comes down to personal preference and where you will ski them the most.  I personally go for the longer length if I'm between sized because I typically like my skis a bit long.  I would consider going shorter if I was going to use them mostly in the east on harder snow or tighter trees, but would go longer if they were primarily for use out west in softer conditions.

 

If you really liked the 165 then you should probably go that way.  If the limitations at speed are really an issue, go with the longer length and you'll adjust to the longer ski without much problem after a few days of skiing.

 

Mike

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses.  Now to track the skis down.

post #5 of 7

How about buying from a fellow Bear?

 

http://www.dawgcatching.com/ecommerce/control/product/~category_id=dynastarVP/~product_id=lgnsult94VP-11

 

You won't find a better price!

 

Mike

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Thanks for the responses.  Now to track the skis down.



 

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Mike,

Definitely considering that option, see PM I sent you.

post #7 of 7

Most likely the shorter skis are narrower @ tip & tail. (quicker edge to edge)

If your bending skis just by putting on edge & side cut the shorter skis will make a little tighter turns.

If you also bend the skis by for/aft presure as well as edge angle & side cut you will notice a little less difference in how tight turns are between lengths. (Of course the little widder tail will cause more leverrage you must over come in bending the ski in aft)

 

If your a high energy short turner that likes to have fun getting air between turns a little longer ski is kinda nice for landing.

 

If snow a little soft longer ski will sink a little less more responsive. Also if plowing through corn or powder the longer ski might have a little wider tip resulting in more surface area plowing through snow for bending the ski. ( the difference is most likely to small a couplee MM it would not be noticable)

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