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Blizzards 8.5 174's or 181? Help!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi All can someone give me some advice on which size to buy.  Purchasing the Blizzards 8.5, but don't know if I should get the 174 or 181?  I am skiing on Volkl Kendo's 177 now and am 5'8/190 Athletic build, turning 50 in June (if that makes and difference?) and oh yes, above average skier!  Thanks, Italrunner

post #2 of 11

do you ski more open high speed longer GS runs or prefer short radius turns?  The 181 doesn't ski all that long and I prefer it mounted +1 but if you want something more SR oriented, go shorter. If you are comfortable on the 177, I would think the 181, with the early rise would be close in effective length 

post #3 of 11

I'm right about your size and went with the 174s. Shortest skis I've owned in a while, but have not felt the need for more length on these.  Only have 4 days on them, but great skis so far. I never thought I'd consider giving up my MX78's but these have me at least thinking about it.

 

And since I turn 50 in May I am 1 month wiser than you.wink.gif

post #4 of 11
Since you are in the east, it would say the 174. You will be happy with it, it is a strong ski.
post #5 of 11

Don't rule out the Magnum 8.0Ti either. Great New England ski

post #6 of 11

I would normally ski stuff in the 180 range but found the 181 to be a freaking bear in the bumps. the 174 is plently stable.

 

I have a pair for sale cheap....

post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post

I would normally ski stuff in the 180 range but found the 181 to be a freaking bear in the bumps. the 174 is plently stable.

 

I have a pair for sale cheap....

 

 

Amen Brotha'  icon14.gif  (an angry bear at that)

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi Finn...thanks for replying, I like the wide turns as much as the short turns, maybe since I have the 177 Kendo's the shorter 174's won't be so bad to use for short slalom runs.....

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Guy's you are the best for replying so quickly!  Thanks for the heads up!!!   Matta where were you when I already put a down payment on the skis!!!  :)  I will keep you posted all!  Ski-ONNNN!

post #10 of 11
FYI. The 174's will happily make wide fur s too. I have t found a a speed limit, but I am no ex racer.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the heads up sounds like you really know your stuff!  Ski ON!

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