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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I know that there are more than a couple of threads on choosing the right length Bonafides and I've looked through most of them. For various reasons, I've settled on the Bones, but am still on the fence regarding the right length. Rather than bump someone else's thread, I decided to ask the question directly.

 

My particulars: 5'7" and about 195 lbs; probably an advanced intermediate (meaning that if you don't consider form, I can ski mostly anything except for the really steep or bumpy); live on the east coast but am doing more skiing out west these days. I'm coming off of 179cm LP90's, which seemed pretty close to ideal for my mix of 75% west/25% east. I'm also in reasonably good shape - managed to cycle over 1,000 miles so far this season, including a couple of centuries (even if one was a metric) and will get on the stationary bike when the weather turns too uncomfortable.

 

I'm thinking that 180cm may be right for me. They may be a bit more work back east, but would be the better length out west. My goal is to spend more time in the trees and if the weather cooperates, in the loose stuff, which again seems to argue for the 180's over the 173's. But I'm still not certain, and hence the post.

 

Apologies in advance for plowing at least some of the same ground again.

post #2 of 9
At your height, 180 is an upper limit. You'll be able to flex them, but tip pressure is another story. And one that depends on skill set. So IMHO, 173 if u r happy skiing like u do, no plans 4 lessons. 180 if u plan 2 get significantly better this season.
post #3 of 9

not trying (too much) to miss-direct you, but if you do set on Blizzard, you might want to try Blizzard Brahma (it could be more close to LP90, unless you don't want to keep LP90 in your possession, then get Bones).

 

P.S. Blizzards are not skiing short, even with rocker, so 173 probably would work fine especially in trees and tight terrains.

post #4 of 9

173cm. The Bonafide does not lack for stability, getting the 180cm will only be better at speed in the wide-open... which isn't what you want "in the trees". Choose length based on need, not ego, and as much as I agree with Beyond's post- be careful with 'planning to get better'... we all 'plan' to be better. very few carry through with the necessary steps it takes to actually improve at skiing (or anything in life, really). If you make substantial improvements this season (if you do the 173cm will still be a great choice) then maybe think about getting a different ski the next season.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
 

173cm. The Bonafide does not lack for stability, getting the 180cm will only be better at speed in the wide-open... which isn't what you want "in the trees". Choose length based on need, not ego, and as much as I agree with Beyond's post- be careful with 'planning to get better'... we all 'plan' to be better. very few carry through with the necessary steps it takes to actually improve at skiing (or anything in life, really). If you make substantial improvements this season (if you do the 173cm will still be a great choice) then maybe think about getting a different ski the next season.

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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks all. I have a confession though. When I posted this earlier today, I already had phoned my local shop and asked them to put a pair of 173's on hold for me (they had several 180's but only one 173). I won't get there with the boots to get bindings mounted for a couple of days, and in the meantime, wanted to see what the advice was. Most of the posts I saw seemed to advocate going to the upper end of the range.

 

Even though I plan to ski more often this season and hope to get better (for the first time in many years of skiing,I'm planning on lessons when I'm at JH in Feb), that's an iffy proposition at best.

 

Sounds now like the pair I put on hold is what I should bring home.

post #7 of 9

Sounds like you've got it, but I'll add one more data point.  I'm 5'7" and 175 and I skied the Bonafide for two days at Big Sky @173.  It was more than enough ski for the harder/cruddier snow we had, and would have been even a bit strong for deeper stuff or powder.  I see no reason to go 180: that's a whole lotta ski at our height.  

post #8 of 9

pull the trigger on the 173's that size is plenty of ski for your present ability and even if you do get better down the road.

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Originally Posted by Old fart carver View Post
 

pull the trigger on the 173's that size is plenty of ski for your present ability and even if you do get better down the road.


Done - brought my boots to the shop this morning to have them mount some Pivots on the 173's.

 

Thanks again to all.

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