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Blizzard Bushwacker 166 or 173

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I'm looking at buying a new pair of Blizzard Bushwacker but not sure weather to go for a 166 or a 173.

I'm 74kgs about (160lbs) and 179cms tall (5'101/2).  I'm currently skiing on a Volkl AC 30 177 which are speed machines.

I want a ski that is lighter and more manouverable. Can handle 50/50 frontside / backside, something a bit different.  I have thought of Kendo but is quite heavy.  Any thoughts?

post #2 of 6

Definitely the 173.  The Bushwackers have some early rise and ski short.  I tried out a friend's 173's and they felt short for me at 6' 1" and 185lbs.

 

Mike

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Thanks Mike C,

I think the 173 will be manageable.  I just don't want to make the mistake of going too long again, I love the AC30 but at 177 they can get away from you when you get tired.   If anyone out there can help me - I am looking for a ski that will go hard on the corduroy, and will be exciting off piste, but not heavy and hard to manage, something that is about 82- 88 under the boot, something fun.  

 

Ive got the speed machine, now for something different?

I want to build a quiver.

 

Any help would be appreciated. - Jimdoggy 

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Originally Posted by jimdoggy View Post

If anyone out there can help me - I am looking for a ski that will go hard on the corduroy, 

 

I urge you to get the 173.  Quite frankly, you should buy the 180.  The 166 Bushwacker skis like a children's ski.

 

Believe me, get the 173 of those two.  You won't be disappointed.

post #5 of 6

Welcome to EPic.  Take a look at the Nordica Steadfast.  It doesn't have any metal in the sandwich so it is lighter than a lot of skis.  It's 90mm underfoot with camber and great edge grip so it handles groomed runs quite nicely but it also has an early rise tip so it will rip through crud and soft snow quite nicely.  I demoed the Bushwacker, Line Prophet 90 and the Steadfast and bought the Steadfast.  To me it seemed quicker in the trees and livelier which inspired a lot of confidence in it.  I probably ski 75% off piste and unless the snow is really deep, like over 24" it is my first choice for just about any day .  I'm 5'7" and ski the 170.  Try them if you can.  I think they may be what you're looking for.  At your height you can easily handle the 178 version.

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Thanks mtcyclist, nice to get some feedback.  I had a look at a few on line demo videos and I must admit they look pretty good - a nice, light, versatile sort of ski which is exactly what I'm looking for.  Ill see if I can get a demo on some ASAP.  Thanks again.

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