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Slalom ski - what length?

post #1 of 15
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Hi all,

 

Being 170 cm and weighing 75 kg (5,6" and 155), what length for the skis should I go for if I am considering slalom ski? I do not want to start in a competitive tournaments, I simply want to ski down the slope, be able to do sharp turns, with the ability to go long radius as well, and not dying/falling on the first mogul I hit.

 

ANy suggestions?

post #2 of 15
Head Rebel non RD 165, very easy to ski a lot of fun, will not try to Buck you off the horse. Stable at speed just an all-around fun great carver.
post #3 of 15

FWIW, Real Skiers loves this ski ^^^ for most of what you describe. The Volkl Racetiger UVO (non-FIS model) would be another great call. Either one will benefit from a few lessons, BTW. 

post #4 of 15
Great advise
post #5 of 15

For the OP's height, I wonder if a 165 SL might feel like too much ski. Keep in mind that 165cm is the longest you see in slalom, which is fine for me at 6' 170lbs, but might be more than the OP would enjoy. Perhaps 155 would be better for the OP... 

 

(caveat: I don't know what it's like to be 5'6 or weigh 155lbs.)

post #6 of 15
I was looking for an easy Slalom ski one that wasn't so race oriented for my smaller eastern mountains. I also wanted to be able to get some speed out of it so I went 170. I will ski it at 170 lbs. Another ski in this category is the Rossignol 9s.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

For the OP's height, I wonder if a 165 SL might feel like too much ski. Keep in mind that 165cm is the longest you see in slalom, which is fine for me at 6' 170lbs, but might be more than the OP would enjoy. Perhaps 155 would be better for the OP... 

 

(caveat: I don't know what it's like to be 5'6 or weigh 155lbs.)


These aren't FIS spec WC SL's; already somewhat softer. IME the 165 will be more stabile, without losing much in the way of maneuverability. (I weigh 165.) 

post #8 of 15
I would give serious consideration to the Volkl Code S. It's not a slalom ski, is 74mm underfoot and at 166cm has a 15m turn radius. It really depends what you want and where you are.
I have not skied the Volkl but had a tough time leaving the store without it. It's a beautiful ski with a very nice flex.

Also, the Volkl FIS 165 has a nice flex and seems a little softer than other FIS skis. In general FIS slaloms make a good around the mountain ski. They can be tough in moguls, but also have the ability to do quick cuts on back of moguls or ski the tops through the bridges.

The other way to go is to get a 158cm FIS slalom ski. The advantage to those are they are much easier to find and cheaper. 155's are more for juniors.

Non FIS slaloms often have too much sidecut- more like 11m than 13m in the 165cm. It makes them less versatile.

You need to say more about where you ski and what you want.
post #9 of 15

I am currently skiing on the Volkl Racetiger SC uvo, in 170cm. It is a 15m ski. I dont think it is available in America, but you  can get it online from Canada (in Can dollars!!) I am 5'-7", 200lbs. It is not as stiff or demanding as an FIS ski, but you can carve some mean arcs. It likes to be driven with some speed and energy, and you are rewarded in kind when coming out of your turns. 

the tips are softer than other Racetigers, and you dont be thrown around to badly in the bumps, but the wide flat tails mean you have to be paying attention to your technique to get them to release. 

You can open them up on longer radius turns, and really rip, or tighten the turns right up. The UVO thing, which I thought was just another gimmick, really seems to work. The ski is very smooth at speed and on ice. It really does reduce the chatter.  Perfect for small, icy hills in Ontario and Quebec.

post #10 of 15
I've been looking at that ski for about 2 years. I see I can buy in Canada but never got a very good price on it. I am going with the head Rebel SL and love it after demoing. Buying that in a 170 also.
post #11 of 15
165cm, and a FIS ski is not as temperamental as everyone makes them out to be. My daughter at 13 loves mine and by no means is she an advanced skier. In FIS SL skis they are actually a lot more predictable in performance than the civilian skis. However in this category the brand and make more defines the characteristics. My suggestion if you want something a little more forgiving consider either Rossi or Dynastar, same skis just different labels.
Edited by oldschoolskier - 4/10/16 at 10:24am
post #12 of 15
Yeah I ike the Fis skis. They are also rapidly sold if you decide to as people want them.
Volkl Racetiger SL Race Stock WC (That's what Volkl calls it)
116.5mm(!) 65mm 101mm Radius is around 13m I think.

What they're talking about above is the Volkl Race Tiger Speedwall SL Uvo. Little wider under foot, 68 vs 65, little more sidecut. Nice ski.
165cm: 123mm 68mm 104mm 12.7m
As you can see the it has considerably bigger tips than the Fis SL
https://www.volkl.com/skis/race/racetiger/overview.html?type=16347

It's available for $575 with binding at 165cm here:
http://suburbanskiandbike.com/Volkl-RT-SW-SL-UVO-2016-w-Bind-155cm-115061.155/.

If you found a deal on the Fis it's likely to be that without the binding. That same store has the Fis and it's over $700 now. List is 11 or 1200.

I've flexed the Volkl FIS Sl 165 in the store. It appears softer than the Blizzard/Nordica.

I also should mention that the Code S has tip and tail rocker so it's a different kettle of fish.
post #13 of 15

At the end of last year I picked up a new pair of Atomic Redster 158 FIS spec slaloms on closeout, so I delegated my older Atomic D2 158 slaloms to training and general use. Given the poor snow and limited terrain (especially early in the season) we had here in WNY, I spent a lot of time skiing the older pair. What a blast! If you ski them like they should be skied, they are a great workout and allow lots of turns on limited vertical. I used them for the limited spring skiing we had this year also where we had a layer of soft stuff with harder snow/ice underneath. No hesitation recommending adding a pair of FIS spec skis to your quiver,especially for eastern skiers.

 

Me-5'10" 175-180 lbs. 64 years old.  Hobby racer where I'm not very good at slalom!

post #14 of 15

There are a fair number of non-FIS  Slalom race skis with a 13 meter turn radius @ 165cms. The Fischer RC4 WC SC is the one I'm most familiar with. However in 2015, Ski Canada Magazine reviewed non-FIS slalom skis. There are a decent number of brand/models out there at 13m at 165cms  although others are at 11m or so as has been mentioned. see http://skicanadamag.com/ski-test/ski-canada-test-2015-slalom

Non-FIS slalom carvers tend not to change much from season to season except the graphics.

 

For 2016, Ski Canada Magazine  reviewed "Slalom-like" carvers as opposed to Non-FIS slalom race skis. Their 2016 reviews can be found online.

 

A FIS compliant SL race ski can be the best choice for some.

 

Good luck and good hunting.:)

post #15 of 15

Hey, Tog, Just ordered a pair of the Volkl Racetiger SLs you found for us. Great ski, great price. Thanks for finding that!

 

Best!

Mike

 

Note to others:  Go to that website.  Virtually all their new skis are selling for approx. 50% off.

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