Originally Posted by unsunken
Pacific Northwest. I've been snowboarding for 8 years. I tried skiing once and was working on parallel turns on easy green runs when the lifts shut down. I've watched less athletic friends pick it up pretty easily so I figure I can pick it up if I put the hours in. Is a 177 the size I should be looking at? The online charts I found put me in the 150-170 range based on height but I know it can be kinda off for snowboards, is that the same for skis?
I'm exactly your size 5'5"ish / 150ish I ski Line Prophet 98 172 and Salomon Rocker2 115 178, they are both about perfect size for me... I think you shouldn't have any problems with the Concept 177
You can talk to Keith at praxis he is pretty good answering questions and helping with ski fit... but the Concept is 115 underfoot but that shouldn't be a problem if you get good snow. the concept has quite a bit of splay according to the specs. That would be the size I would look for me in a ski like the Concept!
but you should be able to do some demos to see what size range you are more comfortable with... you probably can have some free demo days around this time which will give you the chance to ski many different skis and talk to reps which is always kinda cool!
here is a couple of skis you might wanna look at, these are some that I've an eye on for next year when I plan to buy a touring setup that will allow me to take some classes and get some education, it will really depend on how wide you want to go:
98mm underfoot Nordica Hell&Back 169cm
105mm underfoot Skilogik Yet 173cm
I also like about what I've heard about the on3p vicik tour layup but I think the 176cm is going to be too long and 161cm is too short for sure... Black Diamond Convert 172cm also looks interesting!
112mm underfoot 4frnt Hoji 179cm (I've heard rumors that Hoji is designing a new touring oriented ski, something like a little skinnier and lighter but similar to the Hoji
these skis are on my short list of demos for this year! I'm sure I will have a hard time finding the skilogik to demo but will try!
Edited by mfa81 - 12/12/13 at 7:11pm