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Liberty helix (and sizing) vs Armada TST vs Atomic Access

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Hi I'm just looking for opinions on these three skis that I have narrowed it down to.  I'm 5'8" about 145, in my low 20s. Advanced but probably wouldn't call myself expert skier, although hoping to get there with the amount I'm trying to ski this year (50 days), the large majority of which are at Jay peak or Sugarbush, 90% of which will be skiing trees/bootpacking for powder in trees.  Mounting with barons, although I don't know how much backcountry ill be able to get to do this year.. 

 

Quickest in trees and poppy and fun is what im looking for.

 

Im leaning towards the helix, but my worries are size (167 comes up to top of nose, and 176 to top of head) and turn radius (22m compared to shorter with the other two skis)...does the turn radius not matter with quickness unless im on hardpack?...  I was told the 167 is too small, but I'm coming off a too-short carving ski so something head height feels big to me and Im worried about it getting caught up in trees, whereas the TST and Access are 174 and 171 respectively.

 

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated

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Don't worry if the ski is a little big, if its got rocker, it'll ski way shorter than you think it will, and in the trees it'll be extremely nimble.

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Originally Posted by cal22 View Post

Hi I'm just looking for opinions on these three skis that I have narrowed it down to.  I'm 5'8" about 145, in my low 20s. Advanced but probably wouldn't call myself expert skier, although hoping to get there with the amount I'm trying to ski this year (50 days), the large majority of which are at Jay peak or Sugarbush, 90% of which will be skiing trees/bootpacking for powder in trees.  Mounting with barons, although I don't know how much backcountry ill be able to get to do this year.. 

 

Quickest in trees and poppy and fun is what im looking for.

 

Im leaning towards the helix, but my worries are size (167 comes up to top of nose, and 176 to top of head) and turn radius (22m compared to shorter with the other two skis)...does the turn radius not matter with quickness unless im on hardpack?...  I was told the 167 is too small, but I'm coming off a too-short carving ski so something head height feels big to me and Im worried about it getting caught up in trees, whereas the TST and Access are 174 and 171 respectively.

 

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated



 

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I am 178 cm tall and my TSTs are 183. Should be perfect right???  I am worried I should have got the 192, as the cambered portion of the 183 ski is smaller/shorter than my sisters 158 Dynastar Edenseek.gif  So as previously stated, rockered skis ski short. Go longer.

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I am 5ft 6" and 140 and using the 183 TST. Only had 1 day so far and that was 8 inches heavy pow over messy bumps/tracks/etc and horrible visibility

 

Plus I had a flu or something and was fatigued

 

With all that I never felt the 183 was too long.

 

But for a carver I prefer shorter - prob. 160 - more fun by far

 

So, 183 is my call too

 

Enjoy

 

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Thanks a bunch.  Ended up going with the helix in 176 over the TST.


Edited by cal22 - 11/27/11 at 3:28pm
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