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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

looking to pick up some 2011 Legend Sultan 85's... don't know if I should go 172 or 175 with the wider skis... coming from some 2005 Dynastar Skicross SC 09 (69mm waist) in 178... not sure if I can go 172 with the wider 85mm waist or if I should stick with 178... me - intermediate to int-adv skier, 6'-2", 200 lbs, ski Tahoe, mostly front side but want a ski to get better on... thanks for any help.

post #2 of 12

I think you have to go 178cm. otherwise it will be too soft and you will give up fore-aft balance. also, the shorter ski has less effective edge, so will not hold on firm conditions as well. 

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Originally Posted by tapar1 View Post

looking to pick up some 2011 Legend Sultan 85's... don't know if I should go 172 or 175 with the wider skis... coming from some 2005 Dynastar Skicross SC 09 (69mm waist) in 178... not sure if I can go 172 with the wider 85mm waist or if I should stick with 178... me - intermediate to int-adv skier, 6'-2", 200 lbs, ski Tahoe, mostly front side but want a ski to get better on... thanks for any help.


I have the same ski, chosen after quite a bit of demoing. Love them. Good choice. They won't be too much for you as an int-adv. I am 135lbs, 5'7", and am on the cusp between the 165 and the 172. I skied them both and liked them both - different strengths. At 6' 2" 200lbs, the 172 is too short for you. You need at least the 178. My two cents.

post #4 of 12

 Your height and weight suggest giving that ski a miss altogether, even the 184cm is aimed at sub 200lb skiers but if you have your heart set on it or can get a real good deal on it at least get the 184cm.

 I doubt you will notice that much differance in the waist of the ski and the extra length will add stability.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

wow, never would have figured a 178 might not be enough ski... if the Legend Sultan is not enough ski at 178, does anyone have other suggestions for a ski that is easy to ride and still a good performer that is suitable for a 6'-2", 200lb skier... the Blizzard Magnum 8.1 perhaps, or the Fischer Motive 84?

post #6 of 12

models more suitable for aggressive skiing. though they will be more difficult to release the tails. Dynastar's Legend Pro series is twice as stiff as the Sultan or Legend, and the Outland series is pretty stout. The Rossignol Experience 98, Salomon Shogun, Volkl Mantra and Katana (2012 and newer), Kaestle MX or BMX, Stockli Scott Schmidt Pro, of the brands I am familiar with. The turning point for needing a stiff ski may be around 200#, but may be a little higher, I don't know that. 

post #7 of 12

 The sultan 184 should not be more than you can handle, it's aimed at intermediate-intermediate advanced skiers as per your description of yourself at the top.

  Have you considered Head titans? Advanced intermediate through to expert rated it would allow you to progress, it's a little narrower through the waist but has big enough shovels to cut through the crud. With your build and mainly frontside skiing they may be worth checking out. I'm sure someone else will give you some other ideas, there are a lot of great skis out there.

post #8 of 12

I'm 195, 5'10" and I wouldn't even consider a 178.  I suggest something in the 185ish range...if you like your SkiCross, try to demo some other Dynastars.  Given your size maybe the Cham 97...I believe that ski has 2 layers of metal and the same core as their older Legend Pro which was a great ski for a heavier guy. I know it is a little wider, but that width is very versatile...still nimble for carving on groomers and still able to hit powder at high speeds. I ski on the Legend Pros and love them, so I'm anxious to get on the Cham 97 this weekend at the demo day.

 

Also, if you can take the time to hit up a demo day and try a variety of skis...it is worth the effort.

post #9 of 12

My sultan 85 2011 where the skis with which I became able to ski almost everything at Jay. I made really good progression on these... see my review:

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2011-dynastar-legend-sultan-85-ski/reviews/2430

 

I'm 6 feet;210 pounds and my skis are 178...

post #10 of 12

I have the 178 Sultan 85s and I am 5'11" and 210lbs. They are my really easy skis, meaning very easy to ski. I like that shorter length (I had 184 Mythic Riders) for when I am trying difficult (steep or moguled) terrain for the first time. I may ski a bit better than you from your description and I do consider myself an advanced, but not a double black diamond skier in most cases. On runs that I have done a few times, I do prefer a bit longer ski, which based on your size, I would normally recommend to you. I use a pair of Movement Source skis in a 185, which are similar in shape to the Sultan 94, but lighter with more pop as my daily driver. I think any newer ski in the waist range of 85-99 and 178-185 would be an appropriate upgrade over your old skis. Lots of really good skis out there.

post #11 of 12

I have the 85 in 178----and the 94 legend in a 178----I am 5-10---180 lbs, I love the ski. With your weight  and being 6-2--I would probably go with the 184, especially because you said you are mostly font side. If you did a lot of bumps and trees, I would then demo a 178, and decide from there. Either way, you can't be that far off.
 

post #12 of 12
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Thanks to all for the feedback... just pulled the trigger on one of probably the last new pair of 2011 Sultan 85 w/ PX12 Fluid bindings out there... looking forward to trying out in Tahoe...
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