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2014 Volkl Bridge proper ski length question

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I am banging my head against the wall at this point, so hoping someone can give me a steer in the right direction.  I am 5' 6", 155 pounds, aggressive skier, ski everything, love the trees, ski mostly in the East but get out West a few times a year.  I was on 154 cm skis (I know, way too small) for years because I found it a lot easier teaching my three boys to ski on shorter skis (putting them between my legs at times, etc..).  I am debating (driving myself crazy) between 163 cm and 171 cm.  I have been told two different things by ski sales people.  Anyone around my height/weight ski on Bridges?  If so, what size?  I know they are full rockered skis and I should go bigger than usual, but a little over 3 inches of length could be the difference of clipping a tree and not clipping a tree when turning in the woods.  I'm leaning towards 163 cm, but don't want to regret not having the length of the 171 cm when on groomers.  Thank you.

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It sounds like the 171 is for the conditions you might get,skiing out west and the 163 is for the conditions and terrain you Usually.. I would suggest the 163. If your are concerned about catching the tail, you will be catching the tail.
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I'm 5'7" and 15 pounds heavier, and I wouldn't even consider going shorter than 171.  I vote 171.  You get used to the extra length quickly and it pays off in stability.  I don't think length is the most important element in skiing trees myself.  Even in tight eastern trees, it's quickness that counts, not necessarily length.

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It sounds like the 171 is for the conditions you might get,skiing out west and the 163 is for the conditions and terrain you Usually.. I would suggest the 163. If your are concerned about catching the tail, you will be catching the tail.

I'll have to remember that...:)

 

 

I was tempted by the Bridge a lot but when I finally saw them, I decided not to buy them because of the rocker that I find too pronounced for my taste for all mountain skis ... it would have made me go to a  size bigger (187 cm) to keep some stability on piste... But I also  have heard really nice things about these skis...

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I'm 5'9" and 175lbs - Type II skier and purchased the Volkl Bridge 2014 without demo'ing them at 179.  I have the Volkl RTM 84 at 171 but sized up for the Bridge.  

 

I did a ton of research and talked to a bunch of local shop guys who all said the same thing about sizing up as the tip and tail rocker are going to take away from the effective edge.  I'll add more once I get out there, but it doesn't look like that will happen before January.

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171, I'm the same height but ~30lbs lighter, 171's never felt too long, super easy to ski. Don't get 163's!

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Originally Posted by mogsie View Post
 

I'll have to remember that...:)

 

 

I was tempted by the Bridge a lot but when I finally saw them, I decided not to buy them because of the rocker that I find too pronounced for my taste for all mountain skis ... it would have made me go to a  size bigger (187 cm) to keep some stability on piste... But I also  have heard really nice things about these skis...

 

If you haven't already, definitely try to demo these bad boys one day. I think you will be surprised at how well the ski performs including on-piste (even in the shorter length). Are there tradeoffs? Sure, but its one of the best jack of all trade skis imo. If I absolutely had to be limited to a one-ski-quiver, it'd be in contention for sure.

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