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post #91 of 95
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Originally Posted by fisch2332 View Post
 

 

Yeah, you'd think so.... If the 166 wasn't designed for someone 5'6 and 145lbs, then what's the point of making that length?  No one would ever use that length.

I'm not the heaviest guy around but there are plenty of guys < 145. Check out UFC, they have 2 weight classes in the 125 & 135 range). 166 might be perfect for them. ;)

post #92 of 95
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Originally Posted by lott42 View Post
 

I'm not the heaviest guy around but there are plenty of guys < 145. Check out UFC, they have 2 weight classes in the 125 & 135 range). 166 might be perfect for them. ;)

You make a good point.. Blizzard really knows how to create products for the large <145lbs market.. maybe the 166 is designed as a child's ski that is meant to be outgrown

post #93 of 95
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Originally Posted by tore06 View Post
 

Hi All!

 

I need a recommendation on size, and I didn't see anyone with similar Height and Weight to me.

 

I'm 5'6'', weigh 145 lbs, and skiing resorts on east coast in NH and Vermont such as Cannon, Killington, Jay, and whoever else has good snow.  1-2 trips out west to Colorado or Utah per yera.  I ski everywhere and like the trees, moguls, and carving.  Probably 50% carve, 25% moguls, 20% trees, and 5% pow if it ever hits the east coast.

 

I just put an order in for 166cm Brahmas, but now think I should be at 173cm, and it's probably not too late to change as they need two weeks to mount the bindings and tune.

 

I just don't want such long swing length for maneuverability in the bumps and trees.  I am currently on an old pair of K2 Apaches which are 172, and my primary complaint with them is the they felt heavy and hard to maneuver.

 

The key question is should I stay with the 166, or change to the 1


I'm 5' 9" 160 lbs. 55 years old, ski day trips to Mt. Snow and spend a lot of time at Jay (friend with a condo woohoo!) and I've had the 173 for the last season and a half. We stay in the trees at Jay for the most part where the conditions can vary from powder to icy bumps, sometimes on the same run and the length is perfect for me. I also took them to Breckenridge for a week and had just about every condition imaginable while we were there and had a blast.

 

I agree that the Brahma turns quick and aggressively but for me and the terrain we ski I don't think you need to size up necessarily. The rocker does make them turn quick but it also makes them ski longer and very stable when you get conditions that normally make a quick turning ski squirrely (crud, heavy wet etc.).

 

My guess is the 173 will be fine considering the places you ski it sounds like you on the aggressive side and the swing weight is actually very light but the 166 would probably be fine too at your weight.

 

I've been lurking for a couple of years and thought it was about time I gave input on something I had some experience with, hope it helps.

post #94 of 95

The 166 is a great ski and it is definitely not a kid's ski.  Everyone skis differently and has different preferences; only you know what works best for you.  

 

I demo'd the 166 at Snowbird three days after a storm in steeps, bumps, trees, cut up snow, groomers, etc. and they were spectacular everywhere.  They were happy to be laid over on a high edge angle at speed on groomers, were quick in the trees, steeps, tight spots, bumps, and I did not find any speed limit.  If you want a ski that will rip high speed GS turns in 12"++ there are better choices, but for everything else I thought they were brilliant.  BTW here on the east coast we don't often see 12"++ :-(  

 

I am 5"7" 155 lb.


Edited by joejoejoe - 11/6/16 at 12:42pm
post #95 of 95

Size up.

 

I am 5'6 but 170 lb. Not a particularly skilled skier. I went from 163 carvers to 173 Brahmas and found them absolutely fine. The are very responsive but really well behaved and forgiving. The stability underfoot actually makes them an easy ski. so does the the rocker on tail.

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