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Head Absolut Joy 163 or 168?

post #1 of 20
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I've asked and received a few recommendations on which size to get and thought I'd throw it out here and get you all's opinion.

I'm 5'6" 179 lbs, intermediate skier, between a Type I and II. I love skiing blue groomers and easy blacks when I'm feeling confident. I have rented for years and have been on 156s (only because that's what I thought I was and that's what the rental techs would give me). They would hold up the skis to me and say they'd be fine. Now I've learned the primary factor in picking out a length of ski is weight not height. I only get to ski about 3 days a season. With all that said. Which size should I purchase, the 163 or 168? I'm hesitant all the way around because I've never skied in that long of a ski, but know this is the range I should be in. Thanks for your comments.

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post #2 of 20

I'd go with the 163cm, unless you prefer longer turns and higher speeds. The 163cm will be more maneuverable, making it probably more fun.

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Originally Posted by allyant View Post

I've asked and received a few recommendations on which size to get and thought I'd throw it out here and get you all's opinion.

I'm 5'6" 179 lbs, intermediate skier, between a Type I and II. I love skiing blue groomers and easy blacks when I'm feeling confident. I have rented for years and have been on 156s (only because that's what I thought I was and that's what the rental techs would give me). They would hold up the skis to me and say they'd be fine. Now I've learned the primary factor in picking out a length of ski is weight not height. I only get to ski about 3 days a season. With all that said. Which size should I purchase, the 163 or 168? I'm hesitant all the way around because I've never skied in that long of a ski, but know this is the range I should be in. Thanks for your comments.


Welcome to EpicSki!  What region do you ski in?  A blue in the midwest is not the same as a blue in the Rockies.  Where does a 156cm come up to you?  Shoulder, chin, nose?

 

Note that Type I, II, III is not exactly an ability level.  It's somewhat related and used to determine how to set the binding (DIN).  For skiing technique, a common rating scale has 9 levels.  Sounds like you are a 5 or 6.

 

http://skiing.about.com/od/downhillskiing/a/abilitylevels.htm

 

Have you already bought boots?

post #4 of 20
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In recent years, I've only skied Colorado, but I hope with skis to ski California. Embarrassingly I just realized that a 156 would come up differently on people of the same height. With that said, I'll have to get back to you on where a 156 actually hits me. I can say that a 168 is exactly my height. Also, so far from all the information I have gathered (reading and talking to people) I should be in at least/starting point, a 165.
I appreciate the comments and input. Thank you.
post #5 of 20

Paging @Trekchick for advice.

post #6 of 20
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Thanks @marznc. She has already responded to a private message I sent.
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Thanks @marznc. She has already responded to a private message I sent.


Great!  Thanks for letting me know.

 

By the way, to @ message someone, you need to pick the username from the drop down list that pops up as you type.  Notice that in my post the username is in blue and is a link to a profile page.  Your mention is simply text.  But obviously no big deal in this case.

 

I demo'd the Head Absolute Joy at my home mountain (little hill in northern VA) in Jan.  Really nice skis!

post #8 of 20
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Good to know. I like what I've read and heard about them. They sound like they would be a good ski for me. Now to lock down a size.
post #9 of 20

I would say 163.  I am a similarly sized skier but advanced skill and I ski a 163 Great Joy.  I could easily handle the 168 but I like the mobility in bumps that the 163 brings me.  

post #10 of 20
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@marznc So using a tape measure and in my barefeet, 156 came up just above the bridge of my nose (even with my eyebrows), 163 came up to the top my forehead and 168 to the top of my head. And I didn't answer your question about boots, but I have the Atomic Live Fit 80. Thanks
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
 

I would say 163.  I am a similarly sized skier but advanced skill and I ski a 163 Great Joy.  I could easily handle the 168 but I like the mobility in bumps that the 163 brings me.  


@allyant sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.  I've been working some crazy days at the store. 

 

I think CoSkiGirl is pretty accurate on this.  I think the 163 will be nimble for you and give you some growing room. 

 

Have fun!

post #12 of 20
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@COSkiGirl Would you still recommend the 163, even though I don't ski trees, powder or moguls, but mainly stick to blue groomers and easy blacks? Also, they have me at a starting point of 165. Also, I recently came across the opportunity to pick up these skis in 168, brand new at very good price. I hate to pass on the deal, but I will to get the best ski for me.
post #13 of 20
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@COSkiGirl Would you still recommend the 163, even though I don't ski trees, powder or moguls, but mainly stick to blue groomers and easy blacks? Also, they have me at a starting point of 165. Also, I recently came across the opportunity to pick up these skis in 168, brand new at very good price. I hate to pass on the deal, but I will to get the best ski for me.


Based on your description of your skiing and your desire out of the ski, 163 is fine.  

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@COSkiGirl Would you still recommend the 163, even though I don't ski trees, powder or moguls, but mainly stick to blue groomers and easy blacks? Also, they have me at a starting point of 165. Also, I recently came across the opportunity to pick up these skis in 168, brand new at very good price. I hate to pass on the deal, but I will to get the best ski for me.

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Based on your description of your skiing and your desire out of the ski, 163 is fine.  

I would still say the 163. Who has you at a starting point of 165?
post #15 of 20
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With my research and asking knowledgeable people as you all, I have decided on the 163.  Thank you all for your advice and insight. Now to find some to buy! :yahoo:

post #16 of 20
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Thank you for your help.  It was very helpful.  I appreciate it!

post #17 of 20
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165 was based on a few different sites that had ski length finders.  Based on my weight and height and level.  I've decided on the 163.  Thanks for your advice!

post #18 of 20
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Success!  I purchased some online.  I feel good about it.  Thanks again everyone.  :)

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Success!  I purchased some online.  I feel good about it.  Thanks again everyone.  :)


Quick work!  Are you going to have some fun with them soon or waiting until next season?  Curious to hear how you like them.

post #20 of 20
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There weren't a lot to be had that I could find. So felt I had to jump on it. Unfortunately they'll have to wait til next season. I'll come back here and posT how I like them. Thanks all.
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