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SFB Length advice please

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Going for a pair of Line SFB's, weigh 220, 178cm tall, aggressive good skier, changing out from Scott Mega Dozers 185cm which are a bit hard to handle in trees - fairly sure SFB's are the right lightweight choice for me for snowy days in trees at Lake Louise and the occasional cat skiing trip.

 

In the past I made a mistake by buying 170 cm Mantras and they felt far too short but 177's were just right - question is should I go for 178's or 184's, don't want to get them too short but also want quick turning in trees. Mantras are my daily drivers btw

 

Rob 

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Originally Posted by Technopauper View Post
 

Going for a pair of Line SFB's, weigh 220, 178cm tall, aggressive good skier. . . .

At your size, 184 SFB for sure.  I found the Bacons to ski pretty "short."  184 was the right size for me at 5'11", 185#. 

post #3 of 7

SFB skis very short.  At your ht and weight definitely the 184 or maybe consider the 190 if you're looking at this years model .

post #4 of 7

Not really the ski for a 220 lb skier IMHO, but different strokes for.....

post #5 of 7

Shorter length does not necessarily equate being quicker in tree's. You should get the longer size as you are a bigger guy. realitically as stated you would be happier in the end on a ski with more backbone.

 

But this being EpicSki. No one looking for advice will actually take it. And then will come back complaining that their new (too short) pow ski doesn't float as well as they had hoped.

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Thread Starter 

But this being EpicSki. No one looking for advice will actually take it. And then will come back complaining that their new (too short) pow ski doesn't float as well as they had hoped.

 

Have just ordered the 184's longer ones to beat the trend :-) thanks for the advice guys

 

Last piece of advice I asked for here was asking about why my new mantras (177) were longer than my last mantras (177) and the advice was .................... wait for it ................ measure them again, as I clearly couldn't work a tape measure or put them side by side, this advice I did however choose to ignore :-)

 

Rob

post #7 of 7

you did right! the 184 is the correct length. For tight trees the overall length can become an issue simply due to the amount of space you have to navigate and the amount of skier input it takes to turn them. However; that length is not too long. For tight trees you gotta be on your game; most people get behind the turn and not with it and it makes it very hard to get into a rhythm and link up multiple turns. If you are finding yourself only making 2-3 turns an then having to stop this is my guess. I know this from my own learning curve. keep the pole plants going (keeping your body moving into the new turn and in the fall line) Once you get get caught behind the turn, its over.  

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