Originally Posted by Max Capacity
IMO you should demo it in 163cm, your fairly small for that much ski in 177cm. Did the 177cm seem slow or hard to turn ?
I have a hard time with the idea of going down to a 163cm rocker'ed ski. Allready feel my 168cm Kastle BMX88 are too short.
I had no trouble turning the 177cm on the groomers, just tilt up on edge and the long running length did the rest. At lower angles and in transitions I could feel and see the tips engaging the snow, 170 tips looked like they were raised (wanna say flapping), off the snow, like I see with my early rise Kastle BMX's.
Originally Posted by hbear
The metal in the ski (especially the older versions I'm on...can't say much about the new as I haven't taken them out) requires you are on the ski to make it work. I say it's effectively a solid GS ski with a wider waist.
You might be a bit light to pressure them enough? Or not up at a high enough speed to make them work at your weight? Or it could be a bad tune as well. So many variables.
As I said, I'm heavier than you, ski aggressively (a bit of a racing background and currently still train in the gates) and the 170 handles anything I can throw at them (including SG speeds down the side of a closed training course). They are a bit more of a handful in the bumps, but I can handle it just fine. So maybe 163 would be better, or simply a different ski.
Yes what I was thinking, choose a different ski.
Had no trouble on the 170cm Enforcer carving the groom or in bumps where it did feel a little stiff but I thought the short length compensated for that. Will say it did lock in a carve as Kimmy pointed out, yet I felt I was able to release them too. Also did fine on the 177cm, only never had that one in the bumps, where I suspect it would be a handful for my rusty body and technique. Not to mention I'm no longer a immortal teenager - mid twenty something. Dang it takes so long to recover and heal these days, I hold back much too much.
Mentioned yet not convinced Enforcer or E 93cm is the right ski for me, maybe...idk, been a terrible snow year back East. Little chances to demo the way I'd like. May end up sitting this one out altogether, look for end of season bargains. I know I want a new ski but could very well be in the same place next year typing, tell me about that Elan Ripstick 96 etc., etc. :\
Originally Posted by contesstant
I just bought the new Kenja in a 163, which is the same ski with the pink graphics and I LOVE it. I tend to agree that the 163 might work for you as well. I'm 5'5" 125 lbs and the 163 was the most solid feeling, stable ski I have ever been on. And I disagree that you have to stay on top of them all the time, I found them incredibly easy, absolutely delightfully easy to ski! I am an advanced intermediate who has been stuck there for 2 seasons now, and I have no doubts these skis are going to carry me to becoming an advanced skier. So confidence inspiring!
I echo all of what Skiessentials said in their review, with the caveat I have not taken them out in crud or powder yet. That will happen this weekend. They are so easy to maneuver and felt so solid on any choppy stuff I HAVE hit so far, I have no worries that I'll enjoy them in less-than-smooth conditions.
My other daily driver skis have been the Blizzard Samba in a 166 and the Blizzard Black Pearl in a 159.
So, then probably a weight vs length issue. Thanks for the input.