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Nordica El Capo 193's - Too Big?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey All,

Been browsing for awhile, just joined right now. I could use some advice.

I just bought a pair of the skis in thread title for extremely cheap, new. I narrowed down choice to these and a few others around 193 and deal I got was superior so jumped at the El Capo.

I'm 6'4" 225, 34 yrs old and still workout a lot, play a lot of bball and will ski like 10 times this year.

These El Capo seemed like the perfect fit, and probably are for what I want. Primary ski to use on trips out west, and also in Midwest occasionally, and skis big enough for me.

Any ski south of 185 is too small, I've skied 188-189 (Rossi 7 series, others) that could have been bigger.

I wanted 193 but I'm posting here for assurance. I've looked over tons of threads here with El Capo and clearly they ski larger than size. One thread and poster even said he's never seen anyone on 193 El Capo except for one USST guy.

I consider myself an expert, love steeps and powder, and love going fast in control.

So for a guy my size these will be okay right? Or do they really ski so large that I may not be a fan? Any advice is appreciated before I go and mount my Salomon bindings (STH2 16 if anyone curious).

Thanks guys, enjoy the season.
post #2 of 16
I think at 225 lbs you will be fine. I haven't skied that exact ski, but I'm about your size and I find the same that, most freeride skis in the 180s range get it done, but I could go longer. You have 50lbs or so on the average skier, which makes a huge difference.
post #3 of 16
The El Capo is a serious big boy ski. OP, if you're a strong expert skier, sure, they'll do fine, if you're an intermediate, size down to the 185 or chose a different ski.
post #4 of 16

I typically agree with much of what markojp has to say, but I do not agree with his assessent of the El Capo. I owned it a couple of years back in a 185cm length, but often was left wanting of the longer length. At the time I was 175lbs…..I'm 10 lbs heavier now….I blame too much fishing and not enough mountain biking…..anyhow, you're a bigger guy than me. You're gonna love those skis. 

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Glad to hear a few of you think it'll ski just fine.  And thanks for sharing your opinions.

 

185 would be too small for me, my size and skiing ability.  I'm sure these 193s will be great.  No ski is perfect and I'm sure there are times someone wishes a certain ski was bigger, and times they wish a certain ski was smaller.  Just wanted a bit of assurance after reading some of the posts regarding the over sized El Capos.  

 

Can't wait to ski them!

post #6 of 16

I'm sure you'll be fine.  I wanted the 193's, but the local shop only had the 185's. They work great, and I'm sure I would have been happy on the 193's too.  Have fun!

post #7 of 16

You should be fine at your size. Stay out of the trees. 

post #8 of 16
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You should be fine at your size. Stay out of the trees. 

The NRGY-like tapered tail releases the turn nicely….he'll be fine in the trees. 

post #9 of 16
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The NRGY-like tapered tail releases the turn nicely….he'll be fine in the trees. 

Or does the NRGY have an El-Capo-like tapered tail?  ;)

post #10 of 16

Hey Beachbum!

Give us feedback when you ski them! Curious to hear from you...

post #11 of 16
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I'm 6'4" 225, 34 yrs old and still workout a lot, play a lot of bball and will ski like 10 times this year.

Primary ski to use on trips out west, and also in Midwest occasionally

Don't french fry when you should pizza.

post #12 of 16
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Don't french fry when you should pizza.

 

Word.  But Wiscy and Mich skiing is better than nothing.

 

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Hey Beachbum!

Give us feedback when you ski them! Curious to hear from you...

 

Definitely will do.  One month from today I'll be skiing my last day of a Copper/Vail trip so will report back after that!

post #13 of 16
I'm with white room in saying that an El Capo for a 10 day a year skier isn't really a very good idea. A longer Mantra maybe or maybe find a discontinued Atomic Ritual.

It's less about the Midwest and more about skill level and frequency. Size is important, sure, but it's not the whole show in this case.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Volkl Katana was one of the few I narrowed my list down to but nearly impossible to find in a bigger size, for anywhere near the price I paid.  I considered the Mantra, but cheapest I could find was $300 more than El Capo. And every post or review I've read about the El Capo praises it, underrated, and a big man's ski.  

 

I ski hard and fast and am a "skinny" 225-230lb.  El Capo in 193 it is.  Not sure you saw my comment about skis in mid 180's (Ritual), it's precisely what I don't want.  I've demoed 15+ different skis and never found one under 189 that comes anywhere near fulfilling for my size.

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I'm with white room in saying that an El Capo for a 10 day a year skier isn't really a very good idea. A longer Mantra maybe or maybe find a discontinued Atomic Ritual.

It's less about the Midwest and more about skill level and frequency. Size is important, sure, but it's not the whole show in this case.
post #15 of 16
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...Not sure you saw my comment about skis in mid 180's (Ritual), it's precisely what I don't want.  I've demoed 15+ different skis and never found one under 189 that comes anywhere near fulfilling for my size....

 

I briefly owned a 190 Ritual.  I wasn't overly fond of it. Light weight and not especially damp.  My more average sized friend bought it and he loves it.  Thinks it's great everywhere. I like the El Capo better than the Ritual on hard snow and soft snow.  Can't please all the people all of the time!

post #16 of 16
No need to please me at all. Thats my responsibility. smile.gif i probably didnt have an accurate reading of skill level.
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