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K2 lotta luvs 2011 length

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Hey guys, I have one question that keeps bugging me. few days ago I bought K2 lotta luvs without demoing, they were almost sold out so I bought 156 cm size. I'm 5'9 and I'm not an expert skier, I can say I'm somewhere in the middle of an intermediate to advanced skier, the last ski I rode was Volkl attiva star, which was of the same size, but it felt unstable sometimes, but I thought this ski would be different, since they are way wider and stuff. When I hold it upright it touches my chin. Did I make a mistake?  This is the ski I wanted for a long time . another thing that keeps bugging me is that this ski has a rocker tip, so it should be a bit longer, or maybe it doesn't matter? Will I be able to ski in a powder?

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Thread Starter 

Hey guys, I have one question that keeps bugging me. few days ago I bought K2 lotta luvs without demoing, they were almost sold out so I bought 156 cm size. I'm 5'9 and I'm not an expert skier, I can say I'm somewhere in the middle of an intermediate to advanced skier, the last ski I rode was Volkl attiva star, which was of the same size, but it felt unstable sometimes, but I thought this ski would be different, since they are way wider and stuff. When I hold it upright it touches my chin. Did I make a mistake?  This is the ski I wanted for a long time . another thing that keeps bugging me is that this ski has a rocker tip, so it should be a bit longer, or maybe it doesn't matter? Will I be able to ski in a powder? I forgot to mention my weight, I'm 65 kg, 143 pounds.

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Well, the rocker tip is going to make it ski even shorter... and typically, yes, a longer ski will give you more stability.  Many fitters say beginners should have skis at their chin, intermediates at their nose, and advanced skiers head high.  Of course, it all comes down to personal preference.  Not sure if there's any difference between men and women - I don't think so.

 

"Will I be able to ski it in powder?"  - Sure, you can ski anything in powder, different skis just have different results.  It's not like this is a powder ski you're talking about anyway.

post #4 of 7

This quote is from a very well regarded ski store.

 

“Going to the next longer size will add stability and smooth out the ride a little, at the cost of low-speed maneuverability. When you drop a size, the skis feel more responsive, but less stable at high speed. The bottom line is that you should ski the shortest size that you’re comfortable skiing fast on. Anything longer is just unnecessary extra effort, and using skis that are too big can force skiers to develop awkward technique to compensate. The skis should be short enough to turn easily at the speeds you ski at, and long enough to feel stable when you open it up.”

One size larger would probably touch your nose but I doubt if you'd notice the difference in stability. If you're a little unstable because you're going too fast that just normal stuff but the better your balance and the better your skills the more stable you will be. Enjoy your new skis and if you outgrow them in a year or two just celebrate your improving ability.

post #5 of 7

I guess it depends on your definition of fast, since the longer skis will go faster.  I've heard (and tend to agree with) the opposite, that you should ski on the longest skis you feel comfortable on.  In the end it just comes down to how you like to ski... I'm sure ninakkk will like the skis she bought and the difference is probably not that big of a deal either way.

 

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
 
The bottom line is that you should ski the shortest size that you’re comfortable skiing fast on.


 

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

thanks guys! Your posts made me feel much better :)

post #7 of 7

Heya Ninikkk, I'm your height, and I have the exact same skis, in the exact same length. I love them :)

I think Steve hit the nail on the head. At high speeds, they can feel a little shaky, but only when I'm straight lining something, and even then, never enough to make me fall, and again, it comes down to balance and skill.

 

I do find myself now, having progressed a lot in the last season, wishing I had 163s, or a little longer, but they're still very fun, and I really, really enjoy skiing on them.

 

I really think (and hope) you'll enjoy them a lot!

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