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Slalom ski - what length? - Volkl Racetiger Speedwall SL UVO

post #1 of 15
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Hi guys,

 

I was thinking of getting these skis and wondered if you had any thoughts on the best length for me?

 

http://www.voelkl.com/skis/alpine/racetiger/rt-speedwall-sl-uvo.html

 

I am 186cm, light at 62kgs and an advanced skier. I would like these skis for some fun on the piste and the odd bit of slalom training.

 

Any thoughts you have would be great!
 

Ben

post #2 of 15

You're tall and light, it's a non-FIS ski... 165 off the top of my head.

post #3 of 15
I am the same weight at 62kg but only 168 cms. Which length would you suggest for me?

I am also looking at racetiger SC and Code UVO L was thinking 161 in the code.
post #4 of 15

I'm 5'8" and 155 lbs.  My Fischer Superior SCs (rec SL ski) is 165cm and I find the length works well for me.  I use the ski for hard snow days here in the Northeast, not for racing.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by nzfmgrl View Post

I am the same weight at 62kg but only 168 cms. Which length would you suggest for me?

I am also looking at racetiger SC and Code UVO L was thinking 161 in the code.

If you get the code L I suggest you go a little longer the you normally ski . I ski a 174 but bought the code in a 178. I have not skied it but from all the reviews I read if it is skied short is is not as high performance. It can be a groomer ripper carver in the right length. You can buy them at a very good price right now.Not the UVO but the non UVO which is the same ski. The Racetiger SC and RC have great write-ups but were not brought into the USA. I always wanted to try one.If I bought one it would be in a longer length because they are softer beer league/cheater skis.

At 136 lbs your first choice for the Code L is 164 and then the ski goes to 171. Part of it has to do with your ability and the other part is how you are going to use the ski. It is a 80/20 ski. 


Edited by levy1 - 4/25/15 at 5:16am
post #6 of 15


^^

Thanks of the reply. I am in New Zealand and we do have the racetiger SC 2016 available. I had a couple runs on them last year and was really impressed. I'm looking for a ski to train for NZSIA level 2, so not racing but want a technical carver which also has some ease of use. WE get a lot off icy conditions here. The Code might be a more versatile ski, but I'm possibly picking up a 2 year old ex-rental model of the Code UVOX (which is green all over) for teaching. I rented them last year for an exam in 161 and they didn't seem too short. So I might look at the SC as my good training ski. The rep actually recommended 155 but I liked the demo in 160. I Have no experience racing myself, but have been told to go quite short on an SL type ski. however I realise the codes have tail rocker.  

The Code S 2016 which is available to me locally is in these size options 159 -166 -173 -180

There aren't any 2015 skis left here, and we can't buy online from overseas due to distribution rules.

 

For reference, I currently ski on a Kenja 163

post #7 of 15

Readding many reviews on the RC Volkl I tried to buy a pair in but as you say they would not ship to USA. That was 2 years ago. Then last year I could buy the ski out of Canada. I did not and bought the Code L. I do not know if it will work for you but this is a dealer out of Canada. Very good prices and a great company if there ever is a problem. 

ASOGear

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by nzfmgrl View Post
 


^^

Thanks of the reply. I am in New Zealand and we do have the racetiger SC 2016 available. I had a couple runs on them last year and was really impressed. I'm looking for a ski to train for NZSIA level 2, so not racing but want a technical carver which also has some ease of use. WE get a lot off icy conditions here. The Code might be a more versatile ski, but I'm possibly picking up a 2 year old ex-rental model of the Code UVOX (which is green all over) for teaching. I rented them last year for an exam in 161 and they didn't seem too short. So I might look at the SC as my good training ski. The rep actually recommended 155 but I liked the demo in 160. I Have no experience racing myself, but have been told to go quite short on an SL type ski. however I realise the codes have tail rocker.  

The Code S 2016 which is available to me locally is in these size options 159 -166 -173 -180

There aren't any 2015 skis left here, and we can't buy online from overseas due to distribution rules.

 

For reference, I currently ski on a Kenja 163

A Code S in a 180, sounds sweet at my weight. I wonder what the difference would be skiing the S in a 180 or the L in a 178? I love long swooping high speed GS turns so I probably have what I need. 

post #9 of 15
If you are looking for a slalom ski, I would not recommend the Code.
post #10 of 15

^^^ This. Far as I know, Codes are fully rockered, as in, no camber. Whatever you think of a fully rockered carver - and apparently Volkl has thrown in the towel - it ain't gonna perform like a normal rec racer, let alone a real race ski, in terms of precision and grip. Most instructors and coaches, and many decent rec racers at my mountain ski FIS spec SL's on firm days. Head RD SL's seem most popular, then decent number of recent Volkls (UVO's seem the rage) and Rossi Heroes (also the rage), then the usual smattering of Blizzards, Fischers. 


Edited by beyond - 4/29/15 at 7:53pm
post #11 of 15

I would go with 160s if I were your weight.

post #12 of 15
I was under impression that all Volkl under 100 waist have gone back to camber for 2016, does anyone know that for sure?

I'm not really comparing the code to an SL but rather trying to decide between the two for myself, and trying to figure out what length for either.
post #13 of 15
According to Volkl's website, all three versions of the Code have camber plus tip and tail rocker.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Fraybentos View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I was thinking of getting these skis and wondered if you had any thoughts on the best length for me?

 

http://www.voelkl.com/skis/alpine/racetiger/rt-speedwall-sl-uvo.html

 

I am 186cm, light at 62kgs and an advanced skier. I would like these skis for some fun on the piste and the odd bit of slalom training.

 

Any thoughts you have would be great!
 

Ben


Get the racetiger. 

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

^^^ This. Far as I know, Codes are fully rockered, as in, no camber. Whatever you think of a fully rockered carver - and apparently Volkl has thrown in the towel - it ain't gonna perform like a normal rec racer, let alone a real race ski, in terms of precision and grip. Most instructors and coaches, and many decent rec racers at my mountain ski FIS spec SL's on firm days. Head RD SL's seem most popular, then decent number of recent Volkls (UVO's seem the rage) and Rossi Heroes (also the rage), then the usual smattering of Blizzards, Fischers. 


This!  sound advice!

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