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Are these right for me?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

 Hi,

 

I'm about 5'8.5 143-5lb's. I just recently got into skiing from snowboarding and decided to pull the trigger on some Atomic Theory's. I got them local and they had 168cm's. They asked what position I wanted my bindings, "traditional" or "centered", I wasn't sure and they chose traditional for me. They felt really big on the mountain... I have a 30 day exchange for a different ski 'guarentee', so should exchange these for something smaller?

 

I should add that I ski a small local 'mountain' and try to travel either east or west 2 times a year. All mountain twin is my best guess as to what I need in a ski. I just wonder if it's too big for me.


Edited by skeeyee - 2/2/13 at 11:24am
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by skeeyee View Post

so should exchange these for something smaller?

I just wonder if it's too big for me.

 

NO to both.

post #3 of 6
Hard to say without knowing more about your ability. Definitely not too long for an experienced skier of your size. (You're close to my size, which is why I'm responding.) You are new to skiing. Take a lesson before the thirty days are up and ask the instructor what s/he thinks.
post #4 of 6

Since you are 5'8.5 and 143.5# you should have gone for the 168.5's but the 168's should work. wink.gif

 About the mounting--centered is for park skiing, traditional is for everything else. A center mount puts the boot further forward on the ski. Since you are used to snowboards, which are usually mounted centered, the extra ski in front of the boot may feel strange to you. If you decide you want to use them a lot in the park they could be remounted in the future.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, I'll keep them. They probably just felt big compared to crappy rentals. Im sure I'll get used to them smile.gif

post #6 of 6

On the off chance they're set up with a demo binding you could try setting the bindings 10-15mm (or so) forward of their current mount point.  This can sometimes help with the "feels too big" thing - especially in harder snow conditions.  If not, you'll become more at ease with them after a few days.

 

Best of luck.

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