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Kastle RX-12. How do you know if you made a mistake in buying wrong length

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I was looking at getting a pair of RX 12 or the MX78 for about a year for boilerplate ice and happened to see new RX 12 with plate/marker bindings for $600. in 160 length... So I got them. I am 5'4, expert.  My last pair of skiis were 169. Atomic Crimson and when I demoed the 161 vs. the 169 Crimson----the 161 was wishy washy and chattery and not so stable at fast speed and the 169 felt like an attachment of my body (which is what I'm looking for in a ski) At that point I was between 165-145 pounds.

   To the present....- I tore my ACL and gained weight (a lot) and was at 270--now 245. just starting to ski normal again and lose weight. Skiied the 160 Kastle today for the 1st time. My question is- do you think the chattery--significantly unstable at fast speed (could not even ski at half the speed of my 169 Atomic Crimsons without getting nervous), not enough edge on the boilerplate....?will that all go away and it will be plenty of ski when I'm back at 150 or 140?  I had read in this forum that usually people ski the RX-12 short?

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160 should be ok once you get back to normal weight.  Skiing a 160 cm RX12 at 245 lbs is insane though.  At that weight you went two or three sizes too short.  Don't make any judgements about the ski until you lose that weight and get the knee back close to 100 percent.  Any 160 cm ski is going to feel like a snowblade or kids ski when you got 245 lbs riding on it.  Best of luck in losing the weight and rehabbing the knee.  The 160 should be fine once you're back to normal.

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Thanks for the input. i was inclined to think the same thing. I was a bit suspicious (actually pretty nervous about the length) before I opened the plastic and asked at 3 shops before I got the bindings put on--but everyone takes one look at you and is like..'."Oh, plenty of ski for you. More than enough! " Because they assume you're a novice/intermediate when you look how i do right now. And you can't actually get any factual information or even opinions. It is actually unbelievably astonishing.  I literally had 2 people in a shop (one of which was the owner of the shop) say in a patronizing/reassuring way as if I was literally an absolute beginner when i asked the same question, "Well, It's an adult's ski, not a children's ski. So it doesn't matter what length or what ski it is. You'll do Juuust Fine on any adult ski." then goes on to say..." Boy, I haven't seen a Kastle ski since I had a pair of long skiiny ones as my first skis back in the 70's. I thought they dissappeared since they weren't very good skis."  
 

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Hopefully you have more than that one shop close by.  That's god awful.  

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Originally Posted by standinsnow View Post

 I literally had 2 people in a shop (one of which was the owner of the shop) say in a patronizing/reassuring way as if I was literally an absolute beginner when i asked the same question, "Well, It's an adult's ski, not a children's ski. So it doesn't matter what length or what ski it is. You'll do Juuust Fine on any adult ski." then goes on to say..." Boy, I haven't seen a Kastle ski since I had a pair of long skiiny ones as my first skis back in the 70's. I thought they dissappeared since they weren't very good skis."  

... and some people bemoan the loss of brick and mortar shops....

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