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Looking for advice on ski length

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to buy some new all-mountain skis, but not sure if I should focus more on weight or height in deciding on ski length. The options are Volkl Mantras, Line Prophet 98s, or Salomon Sentinels (others I should be looking at?). Primarily skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Skiing level is advanced. I'm about 6'1, but weight 170, so was leaning towards a length of 177. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 9

depends. you are advanced so you could easily go 180s. but if you like a shorter ski than go for it.

 

My advice is to get the volkl mantra 184. i heard the new one is pretty sweet, 

post #3 of 9

I would go with the Line Prophet in a 179.  This is a great ski and that length will give you tremendous versatility.  It's a playful, stable ski and could probably be a one quiver board if that's what your looking for.  Found this review and I think it is spot on.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOekomVnzQ&feature=plcp

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the great advice. The Line Prophet look like a great option -- looking into the 179s. Any advice on a decent (though not super expensive) binding to go with it?

post #5 of 9

177-186 should be fine at your weight.  

post #6 of 9

Prophet 98 is a great choice. I ski them in the 179cm and really like them for their versatility. I paired them with Look PX 12 which you can currently pick up for ~$149 if you look around a bit online--a good binding for the money and plenty of beef for a guy of your size and ski interests.

post #7 of 9

Kexlansheng -

 

I'm 5' 9.5" & 180# and upper advanced.and have demoed both the 2012 Mantra in 177 & 2012 Prophet 98 in 179.  I couldn't imagine myself going longer with either ski. 

 

By the way, I found the Mantra to be a bit stiff off-piste, but otherwise its a very nice ski.  Loved the Prophet 98: stiff enough to handle Pacific Northwest crud at average speeds, and the dampness was perfect for my tastes.

post #8 of 9

Reading the many ideas on ski length...well I mountaineer and ski for recreation. I have a nice older pair of German mountaineering boards at 178cm and they work powder and trees pretty good. ( maybe that's why I still have them). I also use K2s in 176cm and Dynastars in 170cm and they are pretty good all-round and good on the groomed. This year I am on 180cm Rossignols with Atrum 100 bindings (Din at 7 front and 5.5 rear) and having decent control, but I am skiing faster than with the others. I am 185lb at 5'9". I guess I am in agreement with others that it depends on height, weight, and ski surface with some personal preference and experience. I've been skiing since the 70s so try different skis whenever possible and weigh the differences. Ski fun...ski safe.

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Originally Posted by mikeybski View Post
 

I would go with the Line Prophet in a 179.  This is a great ski and that length will give you tremendous versatility.  It's a playful, stable ski and could probably be a one quiver board if that's what your looking for.  Found this review and I think it is spot on.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOekomVnzQ&feature=plcp

^^^ Agree. It's a fun, easy, and versatile ski. It'll handle what you throw at it and not leave you screaming for mercy as the vert starts adding up. I'm referring to the P-98. Haven't skied the P-90. 

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