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Blizzard Brahma sizing

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So after a post or two asking for help deciding on a new ski for the East Coast (Eastern Pennsylvania, Blue Mountain in particular), it seems the Blizzard Brahma will serve me well and fit my needs here. II've read quite a bit of debate on the sizing for this particular ski. I am a male with my height around 5'7"-5'8". About 180lbs give or take. Anyway I was originally going with the 173cm. But after reading some debate on this I am not sure. Anyone have any advice on this matter?
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Originally Posted by Tifosi View Post

So after a post or two asking for help deciding on a new ski for the East Coast (Eastern Pennsylvania, Blue Mountain in particular), it seems the Blizzard Brahma will serve me well and fit my needs here. II've read quite a bit of debate on the sizing for this particular ski. I am a male with my height around 5'7"-5'8". About 180lbs give or take. Anyway I was originally going with the 173cm. But after reading some debate on this I am not sure. Anyone have any advice on this matter?

You are kinda in-between sizes, but if most of your skiing is in the east, at Blue I would say the 173 (verses the 180) it will be a bit more nimble for the narrow and busier trails that you ski there. 

post #3 of 5

Based on your size and what you have said about yourself in the other thread ("Intermediate to Advanced," ambitions to improve technically) and the fact that you ski at a smaller eastern hill, I think the 173 in the Brahma is the right call - don't over think it.

 

For purposes of comparison, I'm 5'11", 185 and I ski in the PNW.  If I owned it, I'd ski the Brahma in 180 (I have a Bonafide in 180, Cochise in 185 - lengthwise, the 180 Brahma feels just like a 180 Bonafide).  Based on your size and what you have said about your skiing, I'd recommend that you ski the Brahma one click lower in the size run than I do.

 

Also, the Brahma is a 88mm all mountain ski with solid front side capability.  It is a metal laminate with full vertical sidewalls - it is super solid and will hold up at speed (although its shape and rocker profile amp up the fun factor by giving it a slightly looser feel than your typical mid-80 front side carver - if you want to break it loose).  Given your venue and purpose, I don't see the point of skiing it long.  If we were talking powder skis, or a more compliant ski will a more pronounced rocker profile (i.e., Sick Day 95, Rossi Sin 7 - both of which you'd probably want in the 179/180 options), different story.

 

Although there is a single post on EpicSki (from a typically reliable reviewer) suggesting that one might want to ski the Brahma a bit longer, I think that is an outlier perspective, not super well fleshed out, and likely based on unique circumstances (said reviewer is an industry professional, based at a wide open not super steep western mountain, prizes stability at speed, has provided reams of video footage demonstrating expert skills and is/was a professional cyclist). 

 

As a guy with more normal DNA (in terms of athletic ability and weight/power ratio), and based on my demo experience with the Brahma (and 60+ days on the Bonafides in a vast range of conditions), I neither share that perspective nor understand it.  So it is a data point, I suppose, but if you really look at the vast body of comments and reviews about this ski (and the rest of the Blizzard bull series), there isn't really a viable "debate" around sizing - most people agree that these skis ride pretty true to expectations for size, and hold up very well (from a stability perspective) in shorter, less aggressive lengths.

 

Stay with your instincts - get the 173 and don't look back.  You'll have way more fun and likely greater success in advancing your skill level across the whole mountain.  My take is that the 180, which would be (+/- 4 inches above head height) is way too much ski for this kind of ski, at a small eastern hill for a self-described intermediate to advanced skier.

 

Good luck and keep it fun.

post #4 of 5
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You guys rock. 173 it is. This forum has helped me tremendously in choosing my next ski. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
post #5 of 5
5'8/175 here - skied 30 days on 173 Brahmas last year and never felt them to be too short. 75% east coast. Added a pair of Latigos in 170 for this year but have only got one day on those but they felt right.


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