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Longest slalom ski around ?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Does anyone know what the longest available slalom ski is ?
I have the feeling that my 200lbs and 6,4 are too much for regular slalom skis going up to some 170cm max

 

THANKS,

V.

post #2 of 13

A real SL ski will be 155cm or 165cm.  Fischer makes an SLC which goes up to 170 or 175, but it's def not a true SL ski.  I think HEAD makes something that's a 167cm, which is a "truer" SL ski.

post #3 of 13

Try and find some genuine race stock SL skis.  Those tend to be beefier and more robust.

post #4 of 13

ya a race stock is strong enough for the pros, its strong enough for you.

 

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post #5 of 13

If you're not racing why would you want slalom skis?  Have you tried any of the newer skis?

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Vronsky View Post

Does anyone know what the longest available slalom ski is ?
I have the feeling that my 200lbs and 6,4 are too much for regular slalom skis going up to some 170cm max

 

THANKS,

V.


Not. Flex of a ski function of cross sectional area + material. A real Sl will handle your weight just fine. OTOH, you'll have to be on your game to keep pressuring the tip correctly; you have a lot of leverage. If you can't find race stock, go for Stockli Laser SL or Head iSL SW, both FIS Spec, next best thing. More relevant question, as others ask, is why? Plenty of more logical choices for someone your size unless you actually wanna race. 

 

post #7 of 13

I know that my skis are not aware of my 202cm (6'8" ?). But are definitely aware of 95 kg (210lbs).

post #8 of 13

^^^^ Well, resistance to bending is the cross-sectional area, assuming equal materials. So you'll flex the same cross section a lot more than me (165 lbs). But race stock SL skis are seriously beefy, usually have extra metal around mid ski, really don't think that the someone 210-220 exerts enough force at comparatively low slalom speeds to turn them into noodles. In fact, plenty of excellent male skiers in the 150-180 range use female lengths (150, 155) for events not requiring the normal 165. And rec Stocklis or Head SL's are noted for being particularly close to the real deal. YMMV, obviously. But I bet your skis are aware of your height. They're just not talking...wink.gif

post #9 of 13

I have Head iSL RS 151cm w/ Vist plates weight 200#@5'10" no problemo........just stay under 40.

post #10 of 13

Kneissl White Star SL = 166cm   It's 1 more than you have on most real race skis...

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

As I mentioned, I like short-turn-/slalom-/wedel-style skiing best, so slalom skies seem most appropriate to me. Nothing to do with racing really.
YES PLEASE let me know if there are better choices for my preferred style (and physique), beside SL-skis.

For my weight and length, a longer ski is better, but there are no SL's in 185cm... , and GS' don't have the same short-turn easiness.

Closest perhaps comes the HEAD Supershape Speed SW3, which appears to be a compromise between SL and GS. Others here claim that race SL's are strong enough to handle even my size, and stay with them.

 

THANKS,

V.



 

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"[...] More relevant question, as others ask, is why? Plenty of more logical choices for someone your size unless you actually wanna race. 

 



 

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Originally Posted by FujativeOCR View Post

Kneissl White Star SL = 166cm   It's 1 more than you have on most real race skis...


 

biggrin.gif I used to have 195cm Kneissl White Star's before this carver-thing came up. Great skis, great skiing.

 

 



 

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

If you're not racing why would you want slalom skis?  Have you tried any of the newer skis?



Because they're a ton of fun when you ski mostly hardpack/groomers. They add enormous value to a local bump where you'd be down in 10-turns on a longer radius ski. The biggest percentage of my 60 days this year was on a pair of Fischer WC SLs (166cm in fact - the 2007 model was 1cm longer than minimum :) ) I'm 5'11" and 205lbs-ish - even skied a few laps on a pair of 155cm D2 SLs and they weren't too short either - wickedly stable in fact, although there's no slacking off on them.

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