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Line Prophet 98 - length

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi

 

I'm 5'9'', 160 pounds, 28 year old male. I am an intermediate to advanced level skier. Like blues and blacks, but no moguls.  I go skiing maybe 8-10 days a year.

 

I am looking to purchase the Line Prophet 98s to go skiing out west.  Want something that can "do it all" (powder and groomers). I currently own Blizzard Magnum 7.6 (170 length) for east coast skiing.

 

What length do you think I should get for the Prophet?  172 or 179?

post #2 of 9

Have you actually skied the P98?  I demoed the P90 and found it heavy and sluggish.  I'm about 5'8" 150 pounds so similar size to you.  I ski in the trees a lot and the last thing I want in there is a heavy sluggish ski.  I also demoed the Nordica Steadfast and bought it.  It doesn't have a metal sheet in it so it was lighter than the P90, much more responsive, quick in the trees and has terrific edge grip.  If that sounds like something you want, try the Nordica Hell and Back which is a 98mm version of the Steadfast.

post #3 of 9

You have 10 lbs and 4" on me and I ski the 172. You can go for the 179 and don't look back! I find it light and easy going... good for off piste skiing. Wish it was a little bit more stable sometimes, but I can't really complain about it! Great everyday ski for me

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Yeah I've demoed the Prophet in a 179 length, but in firm, icy conditions.  It was acceptable to me at that length, but just wanted to know if 172 would offer any advantage.

 

I typically ski 170 length skis here in the east coast, but my understanding is that you are supposed to go a little longer for a fatter, more powder oriented ski. Is that true?
 

post #5 of 9

It really depends on the ski... but the P98 is an easy going ski, easy to turn and control! For myself I wouldn't wanna go for the 165, I don't think I would need it to be any shorter than the 172 that I have. Also they measure short tip to tail, mine is 170 cm. 

 

I think you will be happy with the 179 when you get some fresh snow!

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Yeah I didn't think it was that difficult of a ski either. I'm leaning toward 179 but just want to make sure I can turn properly when there is more snow.

 

Am I right though in thinking that you want a longer ski than normal when buying a fatter ski?

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by overbayy View Post

Yeah I didn't think it was that difficult of a ski either. I'm leaning toward 179 but just want to make sure I can turn properly when there is more snow.

 

Am I right though in thinking that you want a longer ski than normal when buying a fatter ski?

Generally but not necessarily--still depends on what you want.  More length for better float and higher speed, shorter for easier and quicker to turn.  I look at where in the spectrum of lengths for a given model a given length falls.  Your Blizzard Magnum 170 is the second longest ski in that model. The Line Prophet at 179 is the second longest ski in that model. I assume you're happy with the Magnums. So if I were you I would go for the 179, but I'm not you. 

post #8 of 9

I just bought the P98s in 179cm after demoing 2 full days. I'm 6-1, 175, and a high-inter to advanced west coast skier and don't feel they ski short even though some people say that. I find them very fun and forgiving. I didn't demo the 186cm as I saw no need to--the 179cm was plenty for me even straight-lining down the hill. I skied them on week-old groomers, as well as fresh, packed, and cut-up powder and loved them. They went thru soft bumps great. I think you could ski the 179 out west (if that's your plan) as you'd get more float and the early rise rocker will help your turn initiation. I probably could've got the 186 for out here and still been happy though. I still like to bang off a lot of shorter-radius turns, so that's probably why I trended toward the 179s.

post #9 of 9

I'm 5'8", 170 and 50 years old.  I dont have any problems skiing the Line Influence 105 in 179 length.  You should be fine with the 179, especially if your not dealing with any moguls
 

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