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Blizzard bushwacker sizing on fence for rusty skier

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am 5''8"(barely), 165lbs, 38 yrs old..ski a week or two a year on west coast (I live in Houston). I have committed to the bushwacker's but am on the fence on sizing between the 166 & 173. I am a very out of practice advance to expert skier. Due to work, family, kids, ect its been 8 years since my last trip....but getting back into skiing looking forward. I used to be able to ski the entire mountain but its been a while. I'm planning a mix of groomers, bowls, bumps.

My last set of skis were 205 Rosi. Super G skis from early '90s.

My local shop is recommending 166's but I have read a lot of reconditions to upsize to 173 with the bonafide/bushwacker line. Any suggestions are appreciated.
post #2 of 14

Bushwackers have a pretty aggressive up-turned tip and they're fairly soft; they definitely ski short.

 

I'm 6'2" and ~170, so a bit taller and about the same weight as the OP, and I ski it in the 173cm length.  I definitely wouldn't want to try skiing it shorter.

post #3 of 14
I'm 5'9" and 160. I also ski it in the 173. I wouldn't want it any shorter. KevinF, I would think you could go up a size (depending on ability and so forth). OP, either length could be fine. However, if you really are skiing advance and expert terrain, then you'll probably be happier with the 173. However, after 8 years . . .
post #4 of 14
Your local shop doesn't know much. I'm about 5' 7.5" and ski a comparable ski in a 170, 166 is too short for you.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

I don't have a lot of confidence in most of the staff at my local shop. (other than they have good inventory, and very good pricing.  (main reason I am buying locally is they are clearing out their ski inventory already to make room for summer).  Their "pro" is supposed to be in today and I am going to check with him versus the regular floor staff.  I have bought the 166 but have not had the bindings mounted (griffons)and need them to switch to the 173 before they  mount.  (likely next week).

 

My gut is the 166 is right for the first day or two but assuming I get back to form the 173 might be the longer term ticket.  I know I am rusty but I've been skiing for 30+ years...just not in the last 8. 

 

One of the reason I picked the bushwacker is the narrow waist & relative lightness compared to the bonafide.  Based on this the extra length is probably a plus.

post #6 of 14

And they are pretty nimble skis. Just go with the longer one - you'll be happier.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

I think that is what I will do.
 

post #8 of 14

I will add some reassurance about the 173, since I was in your shoes while chosing the right size Bushwacker. Just to put things in perspective I'm 5 5" x 155-160sh lbs, intermediate skiing Norther NY, VT, and E. CA. The advice I received from a few of these folks was go 173cm, I also contacted Blizzard , they agreed. The ski is extremely easy to use, and does ski like my 165 legend on groomers, but with more edge hold. While in fresh or uneven firm snow and crud I benefit from the added length. I will suggest the griffon demo if they have it. You can play with the boot center and change the feel of the ski.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by DSloan View Post

I'm 5'9" and 160. I also ski it in the 173. I wouldn't want it any shorter. KevinF, I would think you could go up a size (depending on ability and so forth). OP, either length could be fine. However, if you really are skiing advance and expert terrain, then you'll probably be happier with the 173. However, after 8 years . . .

 

I'm sure I could handle the 180cm length (or whatever the next length is, I think it's 180?), but when I'm skiing the Bushwacker's, I'm invariably heading towards bump runs or glades.  I've always tended to ski skis on the "shorter" end of the spectrum.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

 

I'm sure I could handle the 180cm length (or whatever the next length is, I think it's 180?), but when I'm skiing the Bushwacker's, I'm invariably heading towards bump runs or glades.  I've always tended to ski skis on the "shorter" end of the spectrum.


I totally understand. I wasn't trying to tell you to go up a size (sorry for being unclear - I think it was late when I posted). I guess I was thinking about your height and wanted to reiterate to the OP that going up a size would be okay.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by vwr1vwf View Post

I will add some reassurance about the 173, since I was in your shoes while chosing the right size Bushwacker. Just to put things in perspective I'm 5 5" x 155-160sh lbs, intermediate skiing Norther NY, VT, and E. CA. The advice I received from a few of these folks was go 173cm, I also contacted Blizzard , they agreed. The ski is extremely easy to use, and does ski like my 165 legend on groomers, but with more edge hold. While in fresh or uneven firm snow and crud I benefit from the added length. I will suggest the griffon demo if they have it. You can play with the boot center and change the feel of the ski.


good advice.  I also called Blizzard and they suggested the same.

post #12 of 14
I will add that they are very receptive to straight ski technique, even bad straight ski technique at that.( I can't believe I said that... )
Edited by vwr1vwf - 1/31/13 at 7:59am
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Well, I went back to the shop and talked to their pro this time.  His first answer was why did the other guy sell me a 166...it was too short.  There was no question in his mind that I should be on the 173.  He did suggest going a bit wider for west all mountain skiing. 

 

The net is I also ended up switching to a much wider ski that was also on my short list with the Line Sir Francis Bacon in the appropriate length. 

post #14 of 14

Nice. Hope you are happy with your purchase! Glad the pro made a good recommendation.

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