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post #1 of 6
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A friend recently picked me up a pair of skis on sale that are 183cm Scott Mission (130-90-115). I am about 6'7 and 240 pounds.  I have not owned a pair of skis before but I feel like I usually rent out longer skis as I ask for advanced type and ski up to double blacks. The 183s are a little higher than my nose when standing barefoot. Should I stick with these skis or look for a 195cm pair that will probably cost me 2-3x more than the *sale priced* 183s?

 

I don't want to be a giant skiing down on toothpicks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 6

Well, you've already got 'em, so you might as well ski them. 

I would use them & get the feel of what they do well and what they don't do well. Then when you're comfortable with their attributes, I would demo a ski (or two) in a longer length to see if you really want to go longer. I'm 6' 5", 220 lbs & I've ridden a 173 Icelantic Shaman and a 181 Scott P4. Even though they were both short for my size, I had a pretty good time on 'em. I'm now on a 190 Liberty Double Helix.

 

The P4 was my daily driver for 2 years & I really loved them! A guy your size would be great on a 191 P4 - check this out:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/skis-Scott-P4-191-cm-108-underfoot-w-tyrolia-sympro-sp100-bindings-/121272813137?pt=Skiing&hash=item1c3c6c4651

Don't be afraid of the wider waist - you should be able to arc these edge-to-edge without any problems.

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by TooTallSkier42 View Post
 

 I usually rent out longer skis as I ask for advanced type and ski up to double blacks

The Scott Mission is a better ski than any 'advanced type' rental ski, it will be perfectly fine for you. Honestly.

post #4 of 6
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Okay, I will probably follow this advice and try out the Scott Missions before deciding anything else. Even if I move to longer skis in the future, I can use these as situational since they are relatively cheap. Thank you for the advice! Now on to finding that perfect size 14 boot...

post #5 of 6

You should also have a pretty good helmet at that height.  I foresee many "safety bars" conking you on the head in your travels hahahaha..

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Originally Posted by TooTallSkier42 View Post Now on to finding that perfect size 14 boot...

 

You actually want to use a size 11 boot, just stretch it to fit.       That's only 20% joking, btw.

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