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If you got Wailer 112's should you mount Chetlers as well?

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Thread Starter 

New as a member, but have spend years as a fan - I have made many of my ski buying decision based on the forum discussions here on epic ski....and truthfully I think all of your all enthusiasm is exactly the reason why I am in this dilemma in the first place :)...

 

Details about me: 41 female, too aggressive for my own good, 15 + years on a snowboard, 5 years on tele's and now second season on alpine...180cm (thats 5'10ish), 175pounds...ski level advanced terrain with mediocre technique (nothing a bit of rocker can't fix....just kidding am taking a lesson here and there). I ski at Whistler, which means a powder ski needs to be able to float some nice super sweet untracked deep fluff when hiking flute bowl, yet still get me home down a rowdy ski'd out harmony bowl...

 

The dilemma:

I had a pair of pow ski's I loved in tele ...174 armada JJ, but once I moved to Alpine the ski just doesn't seem to want to float as well when it gets deep (10+ inches)....I kept having to lean back to keep the tips out...figured its likely to small for me and decided to get some new powder ski's for this season...

 

I just bought a pair of 179 DPS 112 wailer (because it was a ridiculous opportunity -and I couldn't resist, especially after reading the feedback here about them)..they are mounted at 0 boot center......I LOVE THEM 

Last summer I bought a pair of Bent Chetlers for cheap, as I knew I needed a bit more float then my 174 JJ's provided. I deo'd them on a spring slush day and found them fun and not difficult to ski, alas I didn't really challenge them or me.

 

Its still early season, so we haven't had many big days, but I have had the DPS in 7-10" shallow slope and they floated just fine, much better then my 174 JJ did, I was able to lean into my boot and drive the ski (of course with a centered stance-something tele taught me :))....I'm now wondering....will I even need to mount the Chetlers? or will the DPS provide enough float...

 

I know there is quite a few guys on here that have skied both and I'd really appreciate some input on the float properties of both ski's..I will not be dropping cliffs or hucking big air or riding switch at all...I do however really enjoy boosting over soft powder bumps and enjoy my mini airs tremendously.

 

A little help please.....needless to say if I'm gonna sell the Bennies they sell better not drilled for a 25.5 boot :)...

Chantal

post #2 of 9

welcome, the bennys are not going to give you enough difference in float. they are different skis but its total overlap. Pick one sell the other. 

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FWIW, speculate that your problem with the JJs is/was length: too short for you. I am 40lbs lighter and 3" shorter, and i would be on the 174s. (at least)
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Thread Starter 

Yep, I kinda figured they were too small...in tele, your stance is so much longer that you get a bit more float out of a shorter ski....the JJ's are sold and I'm on to a longer pow ski :)...

 

Just trying to figure out if its worth mounting the bennies...I understand they will ski very different then the DPS (shape, flex and mounting point ..all are different)...my concern is more with float....and if the float is the same or similar for the 179 DPS and the 183 Bents then I will happily float the pow on my yellow bananas, cause I already know that they can handle the soft crud bumps on the way out ....

post #5 of 9

well, its 123 vs 112 in just width but the 112 provides excellent float and IMHO the DPS is a better ski. The DPS is a bit more nimble. neither are great crud busters. The DPS is more carveable if that matters to you.  

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Sage statement: you can't have too many pairs of skis!  Mount 'em.  11mm is a substantial difference in pow ski width. though not essential as 112 is pretty nice already.  Ask Rossi Smash about overlap....no problem.  wink.gif

 

Finn, you agree right? havin' TWO pairs of DPS, right? heck yeah!

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

Sage statement: you can't have too many pairs of skis!  Mount 'em.  11mm is a substantial difference in pow ski width. though not essential as 112 is pretty nice already.  Ask Rossi Smash about overlap....no problem.  wink.gif

 

Finn, you agree right? havin' TWO pairs of DPS, right? heck yeah!

 

well,,,,, far be it from me to ever suggest fewer ski's however, as a former chetler owner, I have to say I still prefer the 112 over the chetler and haven't noticed a demonstrable difference in float.  Now, Yes, I do own a 112 and a  Lotus 138 but those are 2 very different ski's. icon14.gif

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Thread Starter 

Wow wow wow, lets not get carried away - nobody said anything about reducing the quiver..Ski out -Ski in....I am all about diversity in my quiver....just waiting for my moment PB&J's to arrive, which are replacing a pair of TST's (which I by the way thought I would love, but ended up hating???)....

 

Thanks for the feedback _ I may keep the Bennies in the garage for awhile ; but for now will stick with the DPS as my go to "weebit of pow to bigtime pow" stick....25 cm by tomorrow morning and the alpine looks to be closed all day- looks like I will get to test the DPS float capabilities tomorrow :)

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let us know what you think. I found the benny's to be a lot of fun but the DPS's proved to be more nimble and stable; a somewhat unusual combination. I also just liked the feel of the 112's. It may be the length 183 vs. 190.  

 

PB&J is a ski that interests me.  

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