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What Size ski should I get (K2 ObSehed 2010-2011)

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Looking at a pair of 2011 K2 ObSethed.

 

I am 5"9 and 190 lbs, ski advanced with good speed. Will use this skis a lot in the tight trees, and in the bowls of CO.

 

I can buy the 179, or 189cm, 179 is substantially cheaper.

 

What do you guys think?

post #2 of 6

The 179 skis short!  If your skiing the bowls in Vail, I'd definitely go with the 189.  Because flat out motoring is the only thing that will make them interesting!

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I disagree with the always go long theme that keeps popping here with this ski. I weigh a bit over 200 pounds and skied the current Obsethed design in a 189 for about half the season when it came out. If I had to do it again, I'd get the 179. 

 

Nothing wrong with the big one. But I think the 179 is plenty of ski for most people and will ski most things just fine. For me, the trade off would come down to two things - terrain and speed. If I were doing big open spaces really fast most of the time, I'd probably go 189. For normal speeds or more clucking about skiing, 179 is plenty of ski and is a bit more nimble.

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^^^^ Cannot speak to the Obsethed per se, but very much agree with the idea that not all moderate flex (I notice that no one ever says "soft" anymore, too many negative connotations) skis have to be bought long.

 

First, keep in mind that a longer ski won't necessarily be stiffer, it'll just take more energy to deliver the same pressure to the tip. So that can feel like greater stability if you're running at speed. But that length may be more of a pain, not less, to control or turn because the tip will still get jolted around at speed, and you'll be less able to do something about it with any mechanical efficiency. 

 

Second, IMO this is mostly about style: Do you typically make more turns with quick reactions to the ski's feedback, or do you ski flatter and like longer arcs, and prefer to let the ski do the work? And how much powder will you be in, which will determine a rocker's functional running length?

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^^^^ Cannot speak to the Obsethed per se, but very much agree with the idea that not all moderate flex (I notice that no one ever says "soft" anymore, too many negative connotations) skis have to be bought long.

 

First, keep in mind that a longer ski won't necessarily be stiffer, it'll just take more energy to deliver the same pressure to the tip. So that can feel like greater stability if you're running at speed. But that length may be more of a pain, not less, to control or turn because the tip will still get jolted around at speed, and you'll be less able to do something about it with any mechanical efficiency. 

 

Second, IMO this is mostly about style: Do you typically make more turns with quick reactions to the ski's feedback, or do you ski flatter and like longer arcs, and prefer to let the ski do the work? And how much powder will you be in, which will determine a rocker's functional running length?

 

Great post/insight. Its hard to say, I ski a lot of trees on the northeast, and bowls/trees in CO. In the trees I make a lot of turns obviously, and one the bowls a little of both, I had thought I need to spread out my turns on the bowls next year.


Edited by rumtreerunner - 7/18/12 at 12:24pm
post #6 of 6

Even the 179s are gonna be taller than you. These do ski short, but I feel like unless you KNOW you prefer them longer, 179 will be plenty long.

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