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Lightweight Twin Tip Skis and Bindings?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, 

              I currently own a pair of 164 cm 2013 K2 Recoils w/ Squire Schizo bindings but am looking to add another pair of skis (and bindings) to the collection. The Recoils are big skis on me; sitting an inch or two above my head, and are a great all around ski for some of the rougher snow that I deal with in East Coast conditions. However I've noticed over the past couple of years that while very solid the Recoils are pretty heavy and the extra length makes them extremely difficult to control in tight situations.

     I currently live in Arizona for almost half the year and with the access to the Rockies close by I'm trying to get another pair of skis. I've done some research but I'm having some difficulty finding some lightweight twin tips that I like. I'm a small guy and decently advanced skier but am looking for some lightweight, responsive, all mountain twin tips in the shorter range of 155-159 cm. Anybody have any suggestions on models to look at?

 

Also any suggestions on lightweight, responsive bindings to go along with the skis?

 

Additional Info:

 

Height: 5' 7-3/4"

Weight: 140-150lbs.

Level: Advanced

I Ski: 40% Ungroomed, 30% Groomed, 20% Pow/Off Trail, 10% Park

 

Much Appreciated.

post #2 of 10


Something with your numbers is wrong.  You are 5'7" 3/4 inch tall, which is 170cm and your skis are 164 cm long.  They cannot be taller than you are.  Hence, one of the two numbers is wrong. 

post #3 of 10

What - for you - is the difference between 'Ungroomed' and 'Pow/Off Trail'? If these two categories are the same and that is what you will mostly ski with these new skis, why a twin-tip? You allready have a pair for your park sessions...

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

First off I meant 174 cm, not 164. That one is on me. Thank you.

 

As for the difference between Ungroomed and Pow, well for all intensive purposes they can be considered the same thing.

 

The reason I want a new pair of twin tips rather than a pair of regular old shape skis is I do like to jam out off trail a bit and while I don't find myself riding down the whole mountain backwards I do end up backwards from time to time. Plus I just want the option just in case. 

 

Any suggestions?

post #5 of 10
170cm Salomon Rocker2 100 is one suggestion to stay narrower for some of your intended usage in the West. If you want Salomon bindings, the Sth2 WTR 13 is a good companion.

Don't go short, something in the upper 150's is crazy short for you. The quickness in the 170 may surprise you (my wife is 5'7" and skis the 170cm). I'm assuming this ski is oriented to your western skiing...
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post


Don't go short, something in the upper 150's is crazy short for you.

I concur on the length advice. 

post #7 of 10
Nordica Soul Rider... Easy.
post #8 of 10

don't forget that twintip loses a good chunk of edge from the tail,  and the way they measure the length can be along the base so it loses a few more cm compared to tip to tail.  

 

So a 170 twintip may feel like a 160 of your current ski shape.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Okay, thanks for all the advice guys. I really appreciate it.

post #10 of 10

If you are serious about lightweight, but want quality and durability (as much as possible if hitting rails anyway....) look at an Attack 134 binding  +  the Praxis MVP or Piste Jib. Both are full wrap edges. etc. You can go custom lightweight layup if you want to get crazy. But the base models are way light compared to most brands' similarly sized skis.

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