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I'm 6'6 and im getting a pair of all mountain skis 178cm or 184cm

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im gonna order them and im not sure with what to go with i am an expert skier who's thinking about dynastar contact 4x4s dont know if the 184cms will be too big what do you think?

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post #2 of 22

184 unless you are George Hincappie and weigh 155 pounds.

post #3 of 22

184 or longer. Don't go with the 178's.

post #4 of 22

They ski a little shorter than marked because of the tail shape.

post #5 of 22

6'6' and weigh?  ski where and what?  by default you almost have to be on a 184. what's the concern as an expert you should be able to ski them fine

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

i weigh about 210

post #7 of 22

Definitely 184.  They make in that size for folk like you!

post #8 of 22

You're speed will be really limited in deeper snow if you don't get a 184 or bigger.  I weigh 175 and this year my 2 pair of non-mogul skis will be a 184 and 185. 

post #9 of 22

I'm 6'5", 215 lbs. 

 

My quiver is....

 

183 cm Kneissl Fly Star

185 cm Dynastar Distorter

188 cm Hart BarHopper

190 cm Elan Boomerang

191 cm Hart Javelin GS.

 

Go with the 184.

post #10 of 22

It's a relatively stout ski.  If you're intending to ski mainly on piste and would prefer quicker turns then you could certainly get away with the 178.  If you're looking for them to be a true all conditions ski then perhaps the 184 is the better bet.  Depends on your preferred use for them. 

post #11 of 22


 

Eat!  Eat!  Look at you, skin and bones!

 

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I'm 6'5", 215 lbs. 

 

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Eat!  Eat!  Look at you, skin and bones!

 

 



You're kidding right?

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You're kidding right?



By channeling grandma.   Yes.

post #14 of 22

I'm 5' 9" and I won't ski anything under 186.

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It's a relatively stout ski.  If you're intending to ski mainly on piste and would prefer quicker turns then you could certainly get away with the 178.  If you're looking for them to be a true all conditions ski then perhaps the 184 is the better bet.  Depends on your preferred use for them. 

 

I'm close to 6' 3" and 190 and a solid advanced skier- last year my quiver ranged from 172 cm to 191 cm, and I would have had a 165 if I was racing SL.  Guys on the WC go from 165 to 200+.  Point is, the right length depends on the ski and what you intend to use it for.  

 

My 172s were Dynastar Contact 10s (aka Ltd and 11 in prev years).  They were my shortest ski by 10 cm.  I debated getting them in a 178, but am very happy with my choice of the 172s but mainly use them when I will be spending most of my time on piste or in moguls.  I skied a few runs on JMDs 172 cm 4 x 4s and they were similar, but definitely stiffer than the C 10s- better for higher speeds, but more work elsewhere.   

 

+1 to sinbad7 and I will add that while my Contacts are very versatile for a piste oriented ski, there are better options if you are spending a lot of your time off piste in the West.  I saw a pair of new 184 4 x 4 in a rental shop in Summit and thought that would be virtually new at the end of the season as the number of skiers they made sense for would be very small- at your size and skill level, you might be one of the few ASSUMING you are looking for something with a bias towards on piste performance.     

 

post #16 of 22

I guess 178s could be used as ballet skis for the tall community.biggrin.gif Get at least the 184s or longer.  I use to have a 180 for about a season and a half, and they were almost given to me. If they had a fixed binding on them it would have been an even shorter stay.

Go long, you can't go wrong!

post #17 of 22

I agree with the rest and probably don't need to post this because it is redundant and you get the point but. Definitely 184.

post #18 of 22

you are no Expert if you even have to ask the question. 184cm, but if you are an intermediate (which I guess) maybe the 178

post #19 of 22
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im gonna order them and im not sure with what to go with i am an expert skier who's thinking about dynastar contact 4x4s dont know if the 184cms will be too big what do you think?



I'm 5'9.5", 145-150 lbs and I use skis that are 170-182 and typically ski on 179. I went to the 182s cuz I wanted more float in powder too. So you being a good 7 inches taller and about 150 pounds heavier you will want the 184s at least. Keep in mind that twin tips also ski shorter than there stated length

post #20 of 22

So Bigskruf, you haven't ended this thread with the BIG PURCHASE report. What did you get?

Any pics?

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I'm 5'9.5", 145-150 lbs and I use skis that are 170-182 and typically ski on 179. I went to the 182s cuz I wanted more float in powder too. So you being a good 7 inches taller and about 150 pounds heavier you will want the 184s at least. Keep in mind that twin tips also ski shorter than there stated length


Jake- He said he weights 210, not 300 and the 4 x 4 were not TT the last time I saw them (a year or two ago)...they are very similar, but sitffer than the 172 cm Contacts I did race camp on in Breck  

 

post #22 of 22

Hi BigSkruf ,go for at least the 184 in the model you're after .

I am 5'10" , 210 lbs ex Racer/Ski Mag Tester  from Australia , and Ski on 189 Stockli VXL among many , and they are the Best ALL-MOUNTAIN Ski I have ever used  !

They let you Fly when you need , 80 mph in the Resort down here in OZ on the Groomers , and Bust through everything off the Trails . 

There IS one other SKI that does this and more , but is more Work , that is the Stockli Scot Schmidt Pro , 2006/2007 . I have that in a 188 , it is Phenomenal !!

Good Luck , Happy Shopping 

Cheers FATTY.

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