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168 vs 177 cm Atomic Theory, need your help

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello fellow skiers, I know that this is the most commonly asked question here, but I would appreciate it if you can help me with the size of my skis. 

I am looking to buy the Atomic Theory skis, but I'm facing a dilemma concerning their size. Since I'm going to order the skis online, I have no way of demoing them.

 

So, I'm 5 foot 10 or around 178 in cm and weigh around 139 lbs ( 63.5 kg ). I consider myself an advanced intermediate to advanced skier. I ski in Europe and powder is my preferred terrain ( 60% powder - 40% groomers). I ski around 15 to 20 days a year but am willing to improve with the new skis so this season I will be skiing more. These are going to be my first " tailored " skis , so any help will be much appreciated, since I really can't decide on my own.

 

Regards.

post #2 of 7

I looked a whole while to the same ski with interest myself and gathered a few info, opinions, reviews...

A.o. I already own an Atomic Drifter, 95mm waist too, with a fair tip rocker and a bit of tail rocker too.

I use the ski, mounted with Dyna Vertical almost only for ski-touring.

I´m quite happy with the Drifter, it handles almost every condition well, but it´s just not in its element on a groomed slope.

The Theory seems to be a little stiffer - and of course twin tip.

I´m 1,86m and some 78-80kg, I have the Drifter in 182cm and I wouldn´t like by any mean to have it any shorter.

Had *I* to get my fingers sticked on the Theory I would go for the 186cm.

Don´t know whether this helps you at all.

 

As for:

 

"powder is my preferred terrain ( 60% powder - 40% groomers)"

 

I can well understand the first part, but it would seem that there is nothing else around than either powder or groomed slopes.

My experience tends to be (unfortunately) different and real powder seems to be as seldom as gold around here.

I spent my last years in Austria (Styria) and I live currently in Munich.

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Okese View Post
 

Hello fellow skiers, I know that this is the most commonly asked question here, but I would appreciate it if you can help me with the size of my skis. 

I am looking to buy the Atomic Theory skis, but I'm facing a dilemma concerning their size. Since I'm going to order the skis online, I have no way of demoing them.

 

So, I'm 5 foot 10 or around 178 in cm and weigh around 139 lbs ( 63.5 kg ). I consider myself an advanced intermediate to advanced skier. I ski in Europe and powder is my preferred terrain ( 60% powder - 40% groomers). I ski around 15 to 20 days a year but am willing to improve with the new skis so this season I will be skiing more. These are going to be my first " tailored " skis , so any help will be much appreciated, since I really can't decide on my own.

 

Regards.

With three things in mind (see bold type) I would say 168cm would be the safe choice. 

 

Based on your height, you could easily go with 177 cm (considering leverage over mass) but as an advanced intermediate you won't likely over leverage the ski. 

post #4 of 7
I have to disagree. I have skied the Atomic Ritual, the Theory's fatter brother, for a few seasons and it skis short. I have the 174 and it skis shorter than my 168cm Nordica Fire Arrow. I'm 5'7", 150 pounds, advanced skier. I recommend you get the 177. Remember, this ski is a twin tip and has tip and tail rocker.
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Originally Posted by Okese View Post
 

Hello fellow skiers, I know that this is the most commonly asked question here, but I would appreciate it if you can help me with the size of my skis. 

I am looking to buy the Atomic Theory skis, but I'm facing a dilemma concerning their size. Since I'm going to order the skis online, I have no way of demoing them.

 

So, I'm 5 foot 10 or around 178 in cm and weigh around 139 lbs ( 63.5 kg ). I consider myself an advanced intermediate to advanced skier. I ski in Europe and powder is my preferred terrain ( 60% powder - 40% groomers). I ski around 15 to 20 days a year but am willing to improve with the new skis so this season I will be skiing more. These are going to be my first " tailored " skis , so any help will be much appreciated, since I really can't decide on my own.

 

Regards.

With three things in mind (see bold type) I would say 168cm would be the safe choice. 

 

Based on your height, you could easily go with 177 cm (considering leverage over mass) but as an advanced intermediate you won't likely over leverage the ski. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I have to disagree. I have skied the Atomic Ritual, the Theory's fatter brother, for a few seasons and it skis short. I have the 174 and it skis shorter than my 168cm Nordica Fire Arrow. I'm 5'7", 150 pounds, advanced skier. I recommend you get the 177. Remember, this ski is a twin tip and has tip and tail rocker.


In this case I will bend to the experience of Mtcyclist.  Thumbs Up

I was going based on numbers alone.  

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the replies. I think its worth mentioning that Im 18 years old , so I have some time to grow up a bit. With that in mind, Im also leaning towards the 177. The only thing that concerns me is that im used to skiing shorter skis - my old pair is 160 cm, so Im not sure whether I will be able to initiate the turns as easy/control the skis.
post #7 of 7
Your old skis are way too short. That would be like me using 140s. Yes, I would be able to turn them instantly, but there wouldn't be any stability at all. The 177 Theory will feel like no more than 170 and possibly even less than that. Assuming you get the 177, the first time or two you take them out, stick to easier runs and just get used to the skis, find out what it takes to initiate a turn. Take your time working you way up to more difficult runs. And stay centered. If these are like the Rituals they won't take well to the driver being in the backseat. You can just sort of cruise along on these things, but if you really drive them, you'll get a pretty rewarding ride.
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