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Are 170cm skis too small for someone 6'6"?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I have skis from around 4 years ago. I'm not sure how much I've grown since then but I don't think it has been very much. I weigh around 185 pounds and plan to add some weight to around 210 pounds. I haven't skied for two years and am in my final year of high school. I want to get into telemark skiing this year. Here are the stats of the skis:

 

  • Head C210
  • Lange = 170
  • Turning radius = 15.7
  • F-Index = 1362
  • Dimensions = 110 66 98
  • Tyrolia SL-10 binding

 

I have a feeling that these skis are way too small for me. If they are not too small for me, can I set them up with some telemark bindings. I've also read that they are not made for powder. I plan to go out west to whistler this winter 2011-2012.

 

What should I do? Should I sell them and use the money towards telemark equipment? How much money could I get out of these?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 13

A friend of mine does this, 10 years ago this may have been wide enough but, these days most telemark skis are 90+ underfoot and even touring skis are 75+.

 

Find somebody in a beer league, like me, to buy them for GS or rock skis, I use the I.C180s for Slalom. I like the binding too, it is not too difficult to adjust between me and the wife, although lately she has been hogging them.

 

Spacecase

 

post #3 of 13

They may have been fine to learn on but I would think something longer would let you progress more, at your height and potential weight you will probably be able to over power that ski. They look like beginner ski from what I just read on them, not sure if any one is going to want them for a beer league ski.

 

As for tele some one else will have to chime in, I know very little about it. The only thing I can throw in is that I saw the bluehouse antic  was awarded some tele award last season, and bluehouses can be had for very little money comparatively. 

post #4 of 13

Yes, they're way too small unless you just want to ski groomed and nothing else. 

post #5 of 13

Those are a good quality intermediate ski.  Likley too short for a guy of your size.  If moving to Whistler and you want to get into Tele, well, you can put tele bindings on anything, but I wouldnt reccomend it.  If you are planning on actually heading back country with your tele set up you will want somthing lighter, for skinning up hills, and wider for coming down.  I am no tele expert either, but these dont seem what the guys are using.

 

Resale:  Maybe $40 for skis and bindings.

 

 

That is a good and bad.  Ski gear has low resale value.  But that is good too because it means if you look you should be able to buy a good second hand tele set up for cheap also.

post #6 of 13

I'm guessing as a guy in HS, cash isn't all that plentiful. The skis are probably fine for learning tele, but you'll eventually want something a bit longer. Any ski swaps in your area or places that sell on consignment? Craigslist?

 

Have fun.

post #7 of 13

Just looking at facts: The skis are too short especially if you are looking to do anabolics in order to gain 25# unless you just are looking to eat a lot of Benny & Jerry's.  You are looking to change out bindings so I would suggest you find a swap sale and look around at a local shop and get some good advice for yourself. It sounds like you are serious about getting back into the game so take the time to get the right gear for tele. 

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Haha, I thought so. Would these skis be a good option for someone like me, the 191 cm size?

 

http://www.evo.com/skis/atomic-access.aspx#image=42920.Size.LengthCM_191_Image.jpg

 

I like the partial twin tip because I want to get around the park a little this winter.

 

Thanks

post #9 of 13

Check out the new generation of skiboards. They run 120 or less in length and are pure fun.

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by liamcanada View Post

Haha, I thought so. Would these skis be a good option for someone like me, the 191 cm size?

 

http://www.evo.com/skis/atomic-access.aspx#image=42920.Size.LengthCM_191_Image.jpg

 

I like the partial twin tip because I want to get around the park a little this winter.

 

Thanks



Dude!

 

So you want a teleski that you can jib in the park with also? 

 

It doesnt really work like that.

 

My advice.  If you are moving to Whistler, forget the tele idea, unless this is somthing you really want, but it doesnt seem it.  You can get all the pow you can handle here off the lift with short hikes and high traverses....you dont need tele stuff.  99.5% use regular alpine gear.

 

Do this, get yourself an "advanced" level all moutain ski.  Somthing likely around 95-105 wide.  No reverse reverse.  Get a regular camber underfoot with early rise.  Get twin tip if you want.  Length is hard to say, you are in kind of tough spot at 6'6".  Tall definatley, but at only 185lbs you are pretty weedy.  190 is alot of ski.  I would say target 185s, if the juice works and you get to that 210 of muscle, ok go bigger....you will need somthing to compensate for turning your grapes into raisins.

 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Telemarking is something I really want to do though. I love the way it looks and must feel. It's also supposed to be better for your knees, which is a huge plus for me. I was 210 pounds before the summer started and I was eating alot with a great macronutrient ratio and in the gym consistently. I lost a ton of weight over the summer because I had to work and my daily caloric intake was less than half of what it was before. I will be bulking in the off season but want a ski that I won't grow out of if I gain 25 pounds between now and this time next year.

post #12 of 13

If you really want to get into tele then go for it.  But get stuff for that.  You wont be park and pipe with your tele gear....at least not for awhile.  If you make too many compromises to try and do too many things you will end up with stuff that is not good at anything.

 

Also you need to decide if you want to tele from the lift....or actual ski touring with tele gear.  That will change your set up a fair bit as well.

post #13 of 13

Liam, you got a lot of good advice here so take it!  Especially watch that the nads don't shrink up too much biggrin.gif

 

free-heeling is cool but once you make the investment, there's no going back financially so why don't you see if you can demo some gear and see if this is really for you?  Best of luck to you. 

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