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sizing confusion with my atomic blackeye ti 167...should i keep or sell and go down one size?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

 

 

problem: i'm unsure if to keep my current 167cm atomic blackeye ti (2011 version with stepdown sidewall)

 

i've had these 2011 atomic blackeye ti out about a dozen times... enjoy the ski as despite havng 'Ti' it's not overly stiffhad for about a dozen runs....unsure if to keep or sell and go down to a 160cm pair

 

i'm 5'6" (168cm) age 49, and weigh a chunky monkey 185lb  rolleyes.gif (trying to get down to 160-165lb) doing lots of ski fitness this year to up my ability etc...ski mostly at cypress mtn (north vancouver bc) and whistler bc

 

i am an intermediate, ...mostly doing blues and lighter blacks...got out 50x last yr...took alot of instruction

hope to repeat this yr too. (for off piste I have the atomic access in 171 ...wow , great ski)

 

when reading various sizing guides, it's a bit confusing (and i haven't found any sizing chart or guidelines on atomic's own website either...so doesn't help)...some generic retailers suggest from chin to nose for intermediates...others from nose to forehead...then you add cm based not only on skill but also on weight (and i am overweight, afterall) which is why initially i chose the 167 vs 160.

 

but would going down from 167 to 160cm make a difference in 'ease' of skill development?  there are those who might suggest keeping my current length as my ability continues to 'improve' ???

 

any feedback from retailers familiar with this ski or atomic reps would be appreciated, ...of course fellow seasoned bloggers from epic always welcomed too.

 

 

 

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Edited by canali - 11/12/11 at 6:20pm
post #2 of 6

Don't ask me. I am the guy that is always saying "go longer" unless your a super fly weight. Yes, a shorter ski may be marginally easier for you to turn, but what you have sounds good to me.  Get out there, ski em 50 days and make em your b!tch.wink.gif

post #3 of 6

I have the same issue.  I have a pair of volkl bridge at 179.  I am 5'9'' 180# and felt that they might be a bit too long.  A friend of mine said to just stay ahead of them because what I described to him was that I "kept getting in the backseat"  with the skis.  I have only used them twice so I will give them (ME)  sometime to come around.  If I was lucky enough to do 50+ days, I think  I would definitely stay longer, because at the end of the year you will probably going even longer.

post #4 of 6

I weigh 170 lbs.  I have skis in lengths of 165 (SL sidecut), 188 (GS sidecut), 190 (Molant Machete about 23 m radius), and 208 (old school Super G).

 

If anything those skis are too short for your weight.  You would find it easier to bully and force the ski to do stuff using improper technique if it were shorter, but there is no need to do that.  Keep 'em.  Ski 'em.  They won't seem too long for long.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

thanks....i think i  will keep them..esp if my weight doesn't go down as far as i'd like...hey the apres period beercheer.gif afterwords is a killerwink.gif

post #6 of 6

http://www.rei.com/sizefinder/Atomic_Ski_Sizing_2010.html

 

This the semi-official size chart, the one I would use.  I would advise you to get the 174.  Because of the early rise rocker they will ski "a bit shorter".  the ski doesn't really care about how tall you are, but the ski "knows" exactly how much you weight, with ski boots and a backpack, you will still be heavy even if you meet your weight loss goals.  I'm waaaay more of a novice skier than you, but I've been looking at this exact pair of skis and was just going to through my 2 cents in.  I ski in Washington state so, I kinda know what kinda conditions you will experience.  I think this is the easiest ski, I've used so far.  Good luck.  I'm 210 pounds, and almost 5,11 height, so for me it looks like the 181 is the way to go.

 

I also liked the rossignol experience 83, demo them, they have an early rise tail and tip, and it is WAAAAAy easy to smear, and skid, in the steeps, to get rid of speed. 

 

Enjoy.

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