Hi everyone, this is my first post here.
I am 22 and competed actively from the age of 11-18. When I stopped competing, I sold all my skis except for my Rossignol SL WC 165cm skis, which I have been using as my only pair the last couple of seasons. The edges are now so thin that I can't tune them anymore, and so I need a new pair.
I love the edge grip and short turn radius of slalom skis, and almost decided to just buy a new pair of SL race skis, but for several reasons I have now decided I want to go with a pair of Kastle MX78. They seem to be excellent groomers while still being versatile, and the slightly longer turn radius won't make me as exhausted as SL skis will. Lastly, I have basically only ever skied race stock skis, and thought it would be fun to try something else now:)
So to my question (as I don't have the opportunity to try these skis before ordering): Which length should I choose? Here are my measurements:
Height: 181cm (5'11")
Weight: 63kg (140 pounds)
My height suggests the 176cm model (labeled 178) would be a good match, but consider the following:
- I am very light weight
- I generally prefer SL characteristics to GS (let's me carve like crazy without having to reach insane speeds)
- I live in Norway and Sweden, where mountains and slopes are smaller than in Colorado, the alps, etc.
Would 168cm be a better match for me then? Or does the MX78 "lose it's awesomeness" if I try to treat it and ski it more like a slalom ski? It seems like most people ski these in quite long lengths, is that the only way they are designed to be used?
Thanks so much for taking your time to read this. I'm really looking forward to get some advice:)
all the best,