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Ski length..will 5cm really make a difference?

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I'm an intermediate level male, 6'0'', 185lbs, stay on groomed blues 90% of the time, and ski moderate speed.  I'm planning to buy some Fischer Progressor 800's after demo-ing them earlier in the season.  Tried them at 165cm, which felt fine since I was coming off of 163's (my beginner skis) but since I'm getting a little better and comfortable at higher speed, was thinking of getting them in 170cm.  I prefer making shorter turns and by no means am I a speed demon. 

 

I can get a pretty good deal on the 165's but if 170's would be better, I'd shell out the extra dough.  Will the 5 cm make a difference either way at my level?  Obviously, like everyone else I hope to improve in ability.  Thanks for the advice.

post #2 of 8
I'm leaning towards telling you to go longer. When I was your size, I spent about 8 years on 170cm skis. I'm 5'11" 195lbs now and ski a 177cm as my everyday ski, Volkl Kendo. Even when I get back on my old Volkl AC40's 170cm they feel great.

I think you'll be fine on the 170cm, they should be the same price.
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Originally Posted by jaycard73 View Post
 

I'm an intermediate level male, 6'0'', 185lbs, stay on groomed blues 90% of the time, and ski moderate speed.  I'm planning to buy some Fischer Progressor 800's after demo-ing them earlier in the season.  Tried them at 165cm, which felt fine since I was coming off of 163's (my beginner skis) but since I'm getting a little better and comfortable at higher speed, was thinking of getting them in 170cm.  I prefer making shorter turns and by no means am I a speed demon. 

 

I can get a pretty good deal on the 165's but if 170's would be better, I'd shell out the extra dough.  Will the 5 cm make a difference either way at my level?  Obviously, like everyone else I hope to improve in ability.  Thanks for the advice.

At your size, 170's for sure. 

post #4 of 8

I would lean towards going longer.. I am your size/weight.. I started on 172s, upgraded to 175s with tip rocker (fischer motive 76s).. now I have 3 skis I use.. 169 for trees (twintip), 180 as my everyday ski, and 187 when I have lots of fresh powder or heavy new snow.. I jumped from 175 to 187 (and a MUCH wider ski) and it took me a few weekends to adjust but I'm glad I did. When I did the jump to 187 I would have considered myself a good intermediate skier and almost never ventured onto blacks..

 

Most people tend to learn on camber skiis, but if you switch to a rocker ski it will ski shorter.. All my skis these days have some form of rocker.. my everyday ski has a rocker/camber combination..

post #5 of 8

The Progressor 800's are a fairly narrow, slalom-type carver.  If you were looking only for a real short-turn carver for small mountain, I could maybe see you on 165's.  But if you are going to use them more generally, I'd definitely go longer.  Your weight/height could even justify a 175.  Cambered, narrower skis tend to be skied shorter (often chin/nose high), but even then, the stability and solidity of a longer ski will help you grow and expand your terrain/turn preference.  

Of the two, definitely 170.  

post #6 of 8

170

post #7 of 8
Another vote for 170. Or the next size up, if you ski any cut up crud at all.
post #8 of 8

177

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