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post #91 of 98

Thanks Seg, but I'm in this unfortunate holding pattern - no skiing until Feb due to recent lower back surgery (yeah I may like to rip up the bumps but I imagine that they've been also ripping up my back).  So for now I can only get my skiing jollies through shopping, and $250 seems like a deal worth risking for a ski in the length (166cm) I think will be closer to my comfort zone than the 173cm some would have me in.  BTW - Is your daughter my size and how does she feel about the ski?

post #92 of 98
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

My GF who is basically your size and probably just alittle below you skill level just got some of those sierra trading post bushwackers in 166. we both have the same BSL lenght and honestly on groomed snow it was not that short in fact it felt very carver like in the "too short" of lenght for me.


Thanks for the input Josh.  Yeah a stiffer ski will just feel more like a hockey skate blade in a shorter length (think about a 155cm WC SL ski under a 150lbs. racer - not a fair comparison to a metal-free ski with rocker, but not unreasonable either).  Anyway, of all the things I've read about this ski it appears its a relatively stiff ski that gets its friendliness from the generous tip rocker (and lack of metal).  Heck, even BushwackerinPA's 165lbs. of skiing excellence said in his post on the BW's that "I could have honestly gone either way with this ski buying either the 180 or the 173.", "Bump skiing is still fun but not as mindlessly easy as the 173cm. If I skied at MRG I would have for sure went with the 173cm.", and to confirm this ski's stiff personality in a short length "173 felt like it had more edge grip...than the 180".

 

I'm a short turn radius bump/tree kind of guy and groomers are where I relax on the way get back to the lifts, so the 166cm's are on the way and I won't be able to report back til February over whether these feel too short or not.


Edited by ski-ra - 12/14/13 at 9:49pm
post #93 of 98

Yeah, makes sense to buy soon, at that price. I was thinking you could just hang on to them (not mount) until you were able to try some, if you wanted to. STP has a generous return policy. 

 

My daughter is almost 5'9" and about 115 lb?  not sure. So yes she is a lightweight. She really likes the skis, a lot, but she's 15 and not a ski geek so that's the only description you'll get out of her. 

 

And sorry to hear about your back! ow, hope you are feeling better sooooon

post #94 of 98
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Yeah, makes sense to buy soon, at that price. I was thinking you could just hang on to them (not mount) until you were able to try some, if you wanted to. STP has a generous return policy. 

 

My daughter is almost 5'9" and about 115 lb?  not sure. So yes she is a lightweight. She really likes the skis, a lot, but she's 15 and not a ski geek so that's the only description you'll get out of her. 

 

And sorry to hear about your back! ow, hope you are feeling better sooooon

 

Sounds like a plan (and thanks for the best wishes for my back).  So, for the reasons you mention I don't intend to mount 'em up until just before a get back to skiing, so maybe there will be a chance to try hers and delay the mount until after that.  Otherwise I'd could postulate that her added +4" over me kind of neutralizes my +10-15lbs. over here,  so maybe that another sign that the 166cm should work out, but it never hurts to try 'em first.  My first day back on the slopes would probably be Copper so I'll PM you about hooking up.  Happy Holidays!

 

BTW - my BSL is 295mm, so will that work?

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Sounds like a plan (and thanks for the best wishes for my back).  So, for the reasons you mention I don't intend to mount 'em up until just before a get back to skiing, so maybe there will be a chance to try hers and delay the mount until after that.  Otherwise I'd could postulate that her added +4" over me kind of neutralizes my +10-15lbs. over here,  so maybe that another sign that the 166cm should work out, but it never hurts to try 'em first.  My first day back on the slopes would probably be Copper so I'll PM you about hooking up.  Happy Holidays!

 

BTW - my BSL is 295mm, so will that work?

 

I think she is a 285, so yes, should be adjustable.

post #96 of 98
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

My GF who is basically your size and probably just alittle below you skill level just got some of those sierra trading post bushwackers in 166. we both have the same BSL lenght and honestly on groomed snow it was not that short in fact it felt very carver like in the "too short" of lenght for me.

 

I had the same experience on a 163 Kendo that was two sizes too short for me at 5'11" 180lbs.   I spent a day playing around with it while skiing with my nephews, and it ripped firm groomers and was super quick in firm bumps.  I wouldn't want to take it into soft snow, though.   

 

That's the only ski I've ever tried in four(!) lengths, 163/170/177/184.   It might as well be a completely different ski in each size.  Folks really should demo different sizes of skis rather than being stuck on what they think is the right length.

post #97 of 98

Great! A purchase.

ski-ra you're now engaged to a pair of 166 Bushwackers!

An arranged marriage. 1st date and wedding is in Feb.

Don't worry, it's a polygamist society with no divorce.

post #98 of 98
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Great! A purchase.

ski-ra you're now engaged to a pair of 166 Bushwackers!

An arranged marriage. 1st date and wedding is in Feb.

Don't worry, it's a polygamist society with no divorce.

Um...thanks again...I think.  They're on the way and I'll be fondling them regularly until I can consummate the marriage....

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