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What ski length should I pick?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

What ski length should I pick if going for a Head X-Shape MTX, or Head Icon TT500?

 

Intermediate/advanced skier 178cm tall 78kg? 

 

minimum & maximum for piste skiing? Could I go for a 163 or to short?

post #2 of 9

you should post what ski lengths on what skis have you skied already and did they feel long/short or what

 

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

I've skied on various hire skis but the ski's i own are Volkl V2 carvers, 177cm, 105-63-92. width.

 

Personally I thought they felt a little to long. My eye level is 170cm as I was told is a rough guide to go off. But i hear of people the same height going down as far as 160cm.

 

I'm looking at piste skis 68-78mm waist preferably head.

post #4 of 9

This is also very dependent on your turn radius. If you like to make short turns, a ski with a shorter turn radius is a size of roughly 160-170cm would be a good choice. If you like to make large, faster turns, a longer, stiffer ski would be a better choice.

 

If you want it to be a piste ski that you can take all over the mountain (i.e. bumps, carving, short turns, etc.) then 170cm in the X-Shape MTX would be a good choice. 

 

If you feel comfortable skiing a ski that's a little longer, faster, and slower to turn, then the 177cm in the MTX or the 176cm in the Icon would be good choices.

 

Overall I think that in both the MTX and the Icon 170cm would be the most versatile length for someone of your height and weight. 

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for replying IKabrex, the difference between the 2 skis's radius is 12.9m MTX & 14m Icon.

 

Now I've been told the radius only really comes into it when carving & not so much when doing short turns at speed.

 

One of my concerns, I don't know which way to look at it, on steeper slopes & moguls, because I need to improve my turning technique would it be better having a ski like the MTX where I'm able to to do tighter turns more often to help me keep my speed down, or would it make no difference between the 2 ski's if I'm not carving?

 

Also when carving nice long blues & reds, is it more fun having a larger radius like the TT so you don't have to put in as many turns. A friend thinks it could get quite tiring  if your constantly turning. As I've never tried these type of skis I don't know what to expect. But the descriptions do sound like they are for my level.

 

which ski out of the 2 would be better for powder or would the difference be marginal?

post #6 of 9

I haven't tested either of the skis, so this would just be my $.02 based on their specs and personal experience on other skis.

 

The difference in turn radius between the 170cm TT and MTX isn't huge; I'd say you could make nice turns of any shape with both without working too hard. Obviously a longer turn radius will make larger turns a little more naturally and vice versa.

 

As far as float goes, the difference is negligible in anything deeper than a couple of inches. Statistically, the MTX looks like it would offer more float on resort powder with the wider waist and significantly wider tip.

 

I personally own a pair of Fischer 165cm RC4 World Cup racing skis. I'm 6'3 and 210lbs, but I still find I can lay them down on some nice GS style turns if I have the mind. Obviously if I'm going out to actually ski bigger turns and only that I take a different pair of skis, but the point being is that a shorter ski can ski larger turns more comfortably than a longer ski can ski shorter turns.

 

Demoing is always the best way to find what's best for you, but its not always possible (personally I'm too lazy to demo most stuff). If you can't demo different lengths, I stand by 170cm being a good, middling length that would be good for all types of skiing all over the mountain. 

 

As for which ski, think about your skiing and then look at the ski's intended descriptions. Search for some reviews and make sure the user performance matches what you want to get out of the ski. Just from looking at the specs, I'd go out on a limb and say the MTX looks like it could get more mileage all over the mountain with its shape and still offer some great carving capability.

 

Hope this was helpful.

post #7 of 9

I'd put you on a 170cm ski and tell you to take some lessons with it.

 

What do you have for boots and how do they fit ?

 

The boots are the most important part. Good fitting boots even more important. If you want to take you skiing to the next level, find a great boot fitter.

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

I'd put you on a 170cm ski and tell you to take some lessons with it.

 

What do you have for boots and how do they fit ?

 

The boots are the most important part. Good fitting boots even more important. If you want to take you skiing to the next level, find a great boot fitter.



I'd agree with max to a certain extent. I wouldn't go as far to say that boots are the most important, but I think you can break equipment into a 40/40/20. That is, skis and boots are equally important and make up 80% of what counts. Bindings are also important and make up the other 20%.

 

 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ikabrex thanks for taking the time to reply and the advice. I agree & think the 170cm will be best for myself. I'm going to try & see if I can demo a pair in the next week, I've also got a friend with some Head chip ski's which are very similar spec to the icon TT just a little faster but it will give me a feel for them. I'm also going to try a friends Elans which is a wider ski just to see how that feels.

 

I'd have to check my boots but I'm sure they are Tecnica Rival X9 HotForm Ski Boots, the fit was fine & no heel lift.

 

The bindings on my current ski's are marker & I had a lot of problems with them last time & really didn't like them, felt like I wasn't clipped in correctly or m foot lined up straight, kept checking for ice on the bottom but sometimes they were fine other they weren't.

 

I'd probably just go with whatever bindings were on the Head which are PRD and P11.

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