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The right ski for a bigger guy

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Hello Everyone,

 

I am looking to replace a pair of 172cm 2010 Line Prophet 90's that were sold to me a couple years ago after taking a several year hiatus from skiing.  To put in perspective why I might have made such a mistake buying these skis it is becuase I had no concept of what it was to have a shaped ski.  I was told to go much shorter than my old skis (a pair of 210cm straight sided skis) and the LP 90 172's were sold to me.  Now that I have learned much more about myself as a skier and boosted my skills again I am having a hard time narrowng things down to a ski that might be best for me.  I am 6'4" and about 235lbs.  I am an East Coast skier and ski Jay Peak, Smuggler's Notch, and occaisionally Sunday River.  I am looking to buy a ski that is great in the trees and for the groomers.  I am looking at the Line Influence 105 or maybe the Icelantic Shaman and it seems these are great skis for what I am after.  I am wondering if people think this might be a good ski for someone with a build like me.  Also, what length might be good?  They seem a bit short for me and difficult to control.  Any constructive suggestions would be helpful!

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

Definitely look in the 180s (probably atleast 184/5 or 186-188 if rockered). I think you are looking at skis that are a little fatter than what you want. The Shaman is a lot of ski on the frequent occasion when you arent skiing powder. It would be nice on the deeper days at jay and smuggs but I'd definitely recommend something narrower. I'd look in the 180-190 length range and the 85-98 waist range. Also, I find lines to be on the soft side so probably not the best for a bigger guy.

post #3 of 6

My friends at 5'6' ski 182cm for all mt in the east, everyone one over 6' ski 190+. Look at Volkl Kendo, there many ski that would work for you.

post #4 of 6

It is true that skis got shorter in general with tech advancements, more tortional stability, etc..  Ideal length depends on what kind of ski.  A short turning SL ski is going to be under 170 even for big folks.  Powder skis can go up to 192.  But, you'd want something shorter, closer to 180 for tight trees.  And, a typical GS cruiser will be around the mid to high 180s for a bid dude these days.   A 192's going to be about the biggest ski available in the cruisers and powder ski categories.  170's going to be the longer SLs available. 

post #5 of 6

I would look at a race ski construction like a Mantra or Kendo, Fisher Watea 84 around 184, the Mantra is a good choice. if you are aggressive .

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I would look at a race ski construction like a Mantra or Kendo, Fisher Watea 84 around 184, the Mantra is a good choice. if you are aggressive .

I've got a pair of 184 kendos for sale....

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