|Originally posted by Downwardly Mobile:
[QB]Haven't had time to do my homework and was wondering if I might be sorry when I take these into some deep snow, when I travel to a place that gets some. Even though I ski more days in the midwest, I try to buy my gear for the western conditions!
K2's are 167's and a bit wider at waist and tails. Tips are about the same. Atomics are 160's. I'm 5'5", 140 lbs, female, expert- wannabe type skier.
Those SX:9s (dimensions: 106-65-107) sure are fun skis - especially in the regions where we spend most of our time. I have a friend considering them at the moment (best ski he has demoed so far this season) and my wife considered them, but has just made another choice. So, for what it's worth, she is an "expert wannabe" too, if not an expert (she was heli-skiing with Hilaree O'Neill and Wendy Fisher last week in Colorado). She is 5'4", 120 lbs. She had been skiing on Atomic SL:11s (slalom) in 150cm (dimensions: 109-63-97). She likes to ski the whole mountain and we get out west a couple of times per winter. She decided that she wanted a ski that could hold an edge like the Atomics, but with much more width underfoot, a bit longer turn radius, and a bit more length to give her better ability to handle more varied terrain/deeper snow. She has just purchased the Head i.M 75 SUPER RailFlex CHIP in 156cm (dimensions: 114-74-103). Having skied it now in fairly icy conditions and in bumps, she is delighted with her choice (Friday we leave for a week in Utah - it will be too late though since you need to decide in a couple of days...). It is slower turning than the slalom ski as you would expect, but it gives her everything she was looking for. One note: as you will read in other threads here, this ski skis LONG (it is heavier and stiffer than the SX:9) - don't buy it longer than the middle-of-your-forehead length (and tip-of-the-nose length might be even better - my wife's opinion is that the 163cm at your size would probably be too long - and the 156cm may be tough to find unless you buy it out West...). It comes with the binding - we paid $630 a nearby shop (The Starting Gate in Bondsville, VT).
Good luck![ February 15, 2004, 08:10 AM: Message edited by: Bearberry ]