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Blizzard Latigo.... Ski Length help

post #1 of 15
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Hi all, long time lurker.

 

So Ive been looking to add a new primary ski to my collection, my 70% ski if you will. I ski primarily in the Catskills of New York now but had a long 4 year stint at Whiteface during college and grew on on mostly twin tip mid fat (80-92mm) skis, a mix of All Mountain and park skis. 

 

I had narrowed it down to the Brahma, alittle wider than I wanted but the reviews are great. Went to demo it but they were down to 2 skis left in 180cm and didn't want to mount a demo, which I don't blame them for. They did have a size run of the Latigo's and I was offered to demo it in 177cm. 

 

I had a near perfect day to demo due to the wide range of conditions from heavy rains the day before and then snow that fell on the tail end. From true boiler plate underneath to some great soft runs.

 

Wow. 

 

What a blast, the thing just did everything. Short to Long turns, groomed to 2-3inches of beat up snow, it just moved through it. Suddenly the Brahma seems unnecessary as I will have a second wider ski in the 90's.

 

The question I have is the length. Im 6ft and 160 pounds (but really should be 170lbs in the future, I lost a lot of weight due to some health issues).

 

The 177cm seems a hair bit short, and the next size up is 184cm and Im not sure what to do. In the past most of my skis have been about 179-181cm, some full camber others with early rise.

 

Feel free to chime in

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 15
I'm 5'8" 150 upper int/adv. I ski other Blizzard in the 173 range. I think for you 177 is correct
post #3 of 15
If you liked it you liked it. Don't borrow trouble.
post #4 of 15

I have a pair of 177 Latigos that I've skied about a dozen days on and have returned to other skis in my quiver.

 

I am considering selling them.  Griffon bindings mounted for 296 BSL, might sell with or without the bindings if you're interested.  I'm in Massachusetts.  As I said I'm not sure I'll sell them, but make me an offer.

 

I'll be offline most of the day today.

post #5 of 15
177 is your length; I'm 6', 165.
post #6 of 15

Don't know if your PM is working Evantful, but I replied to your message last night.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Evantful View Post
 

Hi all, long time lurker.

 

So Ive been looking to add a new primary ski to my collection, my 70% ski if you will. I ski primarily in the Catskills of New York now but had a long 4 year stint at Whiteface during college and grew on on mostly twin tip mid fat (80-92mm) skis, a mix of All Mountain and park skis. 

 

I had narrowed it down to the Brahma, alittle wider than I wanted but the reviews are great. Went to demo it but they were down to 2 skis left in 180cm and didn't want to mount a demo, which I don't blame them for. They did have a size run of the Latigo's and I was offered to demo it in 177cm. 

 

I had a near perfect day to demo due to the wide range of conditions from heavy rains the day before and then snow that fell on the tail end. From true boiler plate underneath to some great soft runs.

 

Wow. 

 

What a blast, the thing just did everything. Short to Long turns, groomed to 2-3inches of beat up snow, it just moved through it. Suddenly the Brahma seems unnecessary as I will have a second wider ski in the 90's.

 

The question I have is the length. Im 6ft and 160 pounds (but really should be 170lbs in the future, I lost a lot of weight due to some health issues).

 

The 177cm seems a hair bit short, and the next size up is 184cm and Im not sure what to do. In the past most of my skis have been about 179-181cm, some full camber others with early rise.

 

Feel free to chime in

 

Thanks!

 

Hi there,

 

I think if you demo'd them and loved it, no reason to go longer / shorter. Seems like it should be right.

I ski the Latigo primarily in 170 and am 5'9

 

Cheers

post #8 of 15
post #9 of 15

Reviving this thread for some advice.  I'm 6'2 195-200 out of the shower.  Advanced intermediate, like and can ski easy trees like those at steamboat, learning bumps and generally like to explore the mountain.  I have 187 bonafides for this and really like them.  I'm looking to add a ski to replace my ancient 170cm 83 wasted sollies which I use for East Coast duties (live in NC).  I'd like a ski that will be decent for south east slopes as well as places like Sugarloaf but could come on our trips west.  I'm going to be spending more groomer time since we have kids getting old enough to ski.  I've been on the bonafides for the last few seasons and love them as an all purpose ski.  However, I find that they like to ski fast and are a bit of work at the end of the day when I just want to piddle on groomers, go slower, make smaller turns.  I'm thinking Latigos as an easier going alternative, something for piste, no new snow days, improving in bumps and good to ski with the kids.  

 

Question on size: 177 or 184?  I can get a deal on 184 but wonder whether 177 isn't be better call for the intended purpose.  Thanks all!

post #10 of 15
I'm 5 9" and ski the 177's. at your size I'd go longer. Just skied them today in 6" of fresh snow and small bumps. They were superb.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

I'm 5 9" and ski the 177's. at your size I'd go longer. Just skied them today in 6" of fresh snow and small bumps. They were superb.

 

That is what I was thinking.  The only thing making me consider the 177s is the thought that they could be easier in the bumps and may be conducive to slower skiing with the kids...

post #12 of 15
Well you ski 187 Bones, so you should know if that length works for you.

I ski 170 most of the time, 165 SL skis, I don't find the 177 Latigos to feel any longer than the 170 skis I ski.
post #13 of 15

I don't think purchasing skis based on height is completely valid.  It's one of those generic things people say.  Buy skis that perform the way you need them to.  Guys are doing world cup races on skis that are like 165s for goodness sake.  It's all about the application and what you're using them for.  If you want to carve like a maniac, get a shorter ski, if you want to float and bounce around in powder, get a longer ski.  If you're a beginner go shorter to help prevent your skis crossings.  I mean, i think that's really all there is to it.  I wouldn't overthink it

post #14 of 15

^^^  Fair enough.  I felt the 184 was right for me--I like the 187s I have now and don't find their length to be problematic.  Just wanted to see whether there were dissenting opinions that might have made a case for the 177.

 

Picked up some 184s w/ demo bindings (new) on super sale.  Will report back in a few weeks...


Edited by SuboptimusPrime - 12/24/16 at 11:11am
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
 

I am selling my Latigos by the way:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/145997/fs-blizzard-latigos-177-flat/0_50

 

 

Didn't sell them and glad I didn't have had a few really nice days on them in soft and fresh snow.

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