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155 vs 165 cm WC SLs?

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I find 155s so much harder to ski on than 165s. Is that just the nature of these skis or is it due to my lack in technique? For example,
- it's difficult to stay balanced on quick short speedy turns
- i get bucked off sometimes
- i feel very unstable at speed
- my leg and lower back muscles get exhausted sooner

I know the answer...combination of both. Nonetheless, please share you war stories with 155s vs 165s.
post #2 of 5

155 are just too short IMO.

They are good for lighter, shorter, and less powerful skiers but if you're over 5-8 and weight more than 160lbs I would never use them.

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I ski a 151 Head WC and enjoy it. Two exceptions. Over 50mph and or  deep soft snow. 

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I tend to ski on 155s for the first couple days of the year, then on 165s for the next several, before progressing to GS boards. I think the difference between the two is pretty negligible, if you're in balance. 155s tend to be a bit softer, and are obviously shorter, so are less stable at speed ... but they're SL skis so they're not designed to be at speed. 155s force you to be centered over the ski and be more precise with your movements.
 

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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

I find 155s so much harder to ski on than 165s. Is that just the nature of these skis or is it due to my lack in technique? For example,
- it's difficult to stay balanced on quick short speedy turns
- i get bucked off sometimes
- i feel very unstable at speed
- my leg and lower back muscles get exhausted sooner

I know the answer...combination of both. Nonetheless, please share you war stories with 155s vs 165s.

 

Sorry man, it's not the ski's fault. Good skiers can carve on 9m radius snowblades without getting bucked off, feeling overly unstable, or getting exhausted in their back. (note: I'm referring to good skiers, not the novice skiers one generally sees on snowblades.) A 155 SL ski is significantly stiffer and allows for faster skiing than a snowblade. 

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