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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by NordtheBarbarian View Post


 

exracer 

How much do you Weigh?

Remember your giving ski size advice for a 145 pounder. That's about the weight of Female WC skier.

 

 


True enough, but most slalom skis these days I find to be fairly soft in flex (but stiff torsionally) and I doubt a competent light-weight skier would have any difficulty flexing them. 

 

I'm 188 lbs, btw, and just spent my first day of the season (Saturday) on a pair of Stockli race stock FIS slaloms.  In my opinion, FIS slalom skis make fantastic all-round skis, and the Stockli's are particularly versatile, easy to ski, and can go from short slalom arcs to clean, fast GS arcs without a hiccup.

 

post #32 of 34

I have to disagree with some of these responses.  A stock 165 cm SL ski is designed for a 190lb 25 year old who only races.  I think a consumer 160 cm slalom ski will work better for a 145 lb 48 year old.  Especially if he wants to cruise or hit bumps.  

 

I'm facing the same decision next year, and as a 145 lb 45 year old former racer, I'll go for the consumer slalom 160s. (If I can find them.)


Edited by hirustler - 1/2/12 at 1:33pm
post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by hirustler View Post

I have to disagree with some of these responses.  A stock 165 cm SL ski is designed for a 190lb 25 year old who only races.  I think a consumer 160 cm slalom ski will work better for a 145 lb 48 year old.  Especially if he wants to cruise or hit bumps.  

 

I'm facing the same decision next year, and as a 145 lb 45 year old former racer, I'll go for the consumer slalom 160s. (If I can find them.)



 

 

Your choice and your $.

 

However I am with  Exracer  (and, like him, I have actually skied on a wide range of both race stock and non race-stock- unlike a lot of others offering advice here!) and @ 165# and 57yo, my experience is that the race stock version is light years ahead and much more useable all-round and a better overall ski than the consumer version if you want to ski a variety of stuff.  So far this season i have spent > 12 days on race  stock SLs, skied 4 different skis,  (155 and 165 Blizzard WC and 158 and 165 Atomic D2) and have switched from 155 to 165 for racing as well as free skiing. YMMV.

post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by eastskier44 View Post

I would say go with the Dynastars primarily because of the length difference, as the 165 will definitely be more stable and easier to cruise on.


Amusingly I was just thinking 165 is too much ski for this fellow at 5'6 at 148lbs. Keep in mind it's a pisted slalom ski, rather than an all mountain or off-piste. 

 

I just bought the Dynastar Omeglass WC SL in 165 and I'm 6' at 160lbs; will post a review once I have a chance to ski them for a few days. 

 

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