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Ski length question

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm new to the forum but have been looking for a good answer to this - and this seems like the right place.  I am looking to buy a pair of new skis and have narrowed it down to the Rossignol Experience 88's.  I'm 44, 5'8" and 170 lbs.  As for skiing ability, I'm an aggressive skier in the advanced to expert category but I haven't been skiing as much as I did through College and post college.  I've been demoing ski's in the mid 170s for the past year so I have no real basis for what a comfortable size is for me. 

 

The ski's are only available in 172 and 180 lengths.  One seems short and one possibly long. Any recommendations as to which one to get?

 

Thanks in advance,

post #2 of 13

I've skied that ski as well and like it a lot. While both would work for you I think 180 would be the length (they do come longer but I think you meant to say for you those two lengths would be the candidates). One of the ski pals has that ski; he's maybe 5 or 10 lbs lighter than you but in his late 50's.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 


Thanks for the quick response and yes - I meant to say between those two lengths. 

post #4 of 13

If demo is a possibility, you'll find your answer there.  Where do you ski?

post #5 of 13

Solid hard packed snow 172, deeper softer snow or crud 180.  Since it makes no sense what so ever to use that ski on solid hard snow, 180.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Live and ski mostly on the east coast in vt.
post #7 of 13

Yeah, I might consider a different ski.  If you're anywhere near Mount Sunapee in New Hamphire on Saturday, Bob Skinner's is holding a free demo day (you need a credit card).  They have Rossignol, Head, Volkl, Nordica, Dynastar, Blizzard, and Fischer.  Should be able to find something in that mix, and the snow will probably be pretty typical.

 

Edit: I was confusing this thread with another.  Mea culpa.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'd be happy to listen to recommendations.  I haven't bought yet - probably will next week,  My demo options are a bit limited unfortunately so I might need to make this decision somewhat blind. 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cooper77 View Post
 

I'd be happy to listen to recommendations.  I haven't bought yet - probably will next week,  My demo options are a bit limited unfortunately so I might need to make this decision somewhat blind. 


Not near Sunapee, huh?  It's free!

post #10 of 13

Agree with lakespapa that maybe that ski won't work for you, especially in VT. The 172 isn't a bad choice for your size and terrain, but they're not ice skates to begin with and with your background you might find that bothersome. 180 is too long for back east. I'd suggest Fischer Motive 86's or Head REV 85's as an alternative. 

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

Agree with lakespapa that maybe that ski won't work for you, especially in VT. The 172 isn't a bad choice for your size and terrain, but they're not ice skates to begin with and with your background you might find that bothersome. 180 is too long for back east. I'd suggest Fischer Motive 86's or Head REV 85's as an alternative. 

This is interesting.

I demoed the E88 and REV 85 back to back and found the edge grip on the E88 much better. Don't know why, but it was significant. I ended up buying the E88 for that reason.
post #12 of 13

Buy the longest available.     You can always trim them shorter with the chop saw.  

post #13 of 13

If you do manage to demo, and you want edge grip, you might try a Rossi Pursuit.  I've skied the 18 on western hard pack (I'm 5' 6", 170) and liked it (better than the Rev 85 on that surface), but the Pursuit HP is a bit wider (81mm, I believe), and also a stiffer ski.  Might be worth a look.

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