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Rossignol Experience 88 (2016) in between sizes and cannot demo. Appreciate help.

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I am 209 lbs and 6 ft, consider myself a confident. intermediate, I have been skiing 1-2 times a year in Mid West and every 3 years in Colorado. My old Volkl Carver V3 (178 cm and 63mm waist) often felt long to me, on the ice they were biting well but "catching" on exits at times in groomed. I am always conscious about my skiing technique and trying to do my best not to make mistakes (e.g. sit on my tail, etc.) and do not chase speed, just enjoy my ride. Rossignol Experience 2016 sizing is a bit interesting they go from 172cm straight to 180cm. My gut tells me get the 180cm but given that my old Volkl Carver V3 felt a bit "catching" will I run into the same issue with 180cm Rossi Experience? 

Also will Marker Squire will be a decent fit for it? I do not do that much skiing but Marker Squire seems to be great all-around binding. 

post #2 of 10

Defiantly the 180 here is the sizing chart from Rossi http://media.rossignol.com//international/sizes/Alpine-Ski-1415.pdf 

for your size they actually recommend a 188.

post #3 of 10

The 172 is probably a better length for you. You really do not ski enough to make much improvement from year to year, so the 172 will be easier to handle, and therefor more fun. Don't let ego get in the way of having fun for the limited time you get to enjoy skiing. (honestly, if you ski 2x per season, you might be better off renting 'performance demos' every time. That way you have the best current technology. Owning skis doesn't really make sense for a twice a year skier. Buy boots. Skip the skis.)

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Perfect, thank you for all the advice. 

post #5 of 10
What Whiteroom said. If you do feel the need to buy, there are many bindings that are better than the squire... Most of them IMHO. smile.gif
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What Whiteroom said. If you do feel the need to buy, there are many bindings that are better than the squire... Most of them IMHO. smile.gif

^^^^^^^^^ This.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hugely helpful, thank you all. Rossignol does show 188cm for my weight and height but that seems long. I wish I could demo them both.
The place we go to as a family every year in UP Michigan, does not have demo program at all. It is family-oriented, great kids program, with 4 kids I have no choice but to go there, their rentals are actually not any good either, one cut above straight skis from 1980s, nothing wrong with it, but demoing modern skis there is impossible. That is why I was thinking, I found a seller on Craigslist and he has both 188 and 180 Rossignol Experience 88 that he is selling for 30% off MSRP. That is why I figured I would buy, my Volkl served me well for 15 years and paid off, there are no used skis on CL unfortunately that are worth anything.
post #8 of 10

You will be fine with the 180 the Rossi site does say go smaller if you are less experienced. FYI I ski the Experience 88 in a 172 and I'm 165lbs and 5' 6'' but I'm a much more experienced skier.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

The 172 is probably a better length for you. You really do not ski enough to make much improvement from year to year, so the 172 will be easier to handle, and therefor more fun. Don't let ego get in the way of having fun for the limited time you get to enjoy skiing. (honestly, if you ski 2x per season, you might be better off renting 'performance demos' every time. That way you have the best current technology. Owning skis doesn't really make sense for a twice a year skier. Buy boots. Skip the skis.)
A 172cm ski for a tall heavy skier? That's a Big NOPE. What do you think will happen if one of his 2 days a year happens to be a powder day on those stubby things?
180cm is about right, its not like a ski with tip rocker is hard to ski.
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So glad that EpicSki exists, great info from the friendly crowd, no arrogance. I like this a lot. Thank you, All ! 

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