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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Here is the dig-I am going to buy a pair of Elan Race SLX skiis. They come in Three sizes,155,160,165. The shop owner (I know and trust)says 165. I skied these in 165 in Feb.2004. WOW!! Everything I read says to go shorter and shorter. My bio-52 years old(I tell my kids I am only 19. Hey never grow up!) Started skiing at 14 years old, Joined NSPS in 1969. I have put on lots of miles, in all kinds of weather. Ski clinicafter ski clinic. I still love moguls when many of my peers won't. I do have to teach my 16 year old by example! Yes I do love shaped skiis. I am just rehabing an ACL surgery end of March, my first injury in 38 years of skiing. (Falcon At Holiday valley) Ohio skier with many trips to western NY, and Killington.
So is 165 the right size or would I be better off with 160?
post #2 of 23
I would vote for 165.
post #3 of 23
im a huge fan of rocking the tiny SL skis, but unless youre going to be racing you dont want to go real short. also youre not gonna want the stress of a uber-turny ski, espescially recovering from an ACL injury and not being as flexible as you may have been a few years ago. id say go with the 165.
post #4 of 23
I'm old and out of shape, but I love my Rossi 9s Oversize a 158. Regardless of how long they were, I've always found that the longest SL of a particular model was too long for me, 165 is pretty long for a new SL ski.
Get the 155's and put them on ebay if they're too short.

John
post #5 of 23
Or you could offer them to me! Free of course
post #6 of 23
Did I miss the part where you told us your height/weight?
post #7 of 23
160 is a nice number. Smaller radius, still a bit more lenght that 155.
post #8 of 23
I went from a 150 SL to a 170 SL and was real happy I did. Better stability with all the perks of the shorter slalom.
post #9 of 23
160...sounds good to me.
post #10 of 23
ok.. recovering from ACL injury.. goes in the bumps.. to ski a SL ski (properly) at 155 or even 160 you have to be working it real hard. get the versatility and stability and go with the 165. PLUS youve skied the 165 and know you like it, you even wrote WOW in capital letters.
post #11 of 23
Depends on your weight & height. No problems with stability or otherwise on my 150 SL9's over here. The Head website has a good chart on recommended ski lengths, the most up to date and best I've seen so far: http://www.head.com/ski/files/pdf/ASize_Chart.pdf
post #12 of 23
LOL..it used to be the longer the ski was...the bigger the man you were...now its the shorter the ski...FINALLY size doesn't matter!
post #13 of 23

treat that acl nicley and go fat!!!

Having 2 acl injurys and 45 years on the boards (in my 19 year old mind,) get something a little fatter and you will stress the knees a lot less. Don joy braces on both knees helps alot too. Im 157lbs, ex patroller, currant instructor oand love my new volkl 724 exps.170 cm. I tried the short slalom modesl and they really do put more stress on youre tender knees. Oh well hafve fun, demo several!!
post #14 of 23
FIRST QUESTION: how old are your boots and do they fit properly? OK, now then, weight height, real ability level, do you carve, skid? What kind of terrain?
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
I realized I forgot my height and weight after I posted.
5'10", 185 lbs, level 7 carver (parallel shins outside edgeskier. Loves crud)
I plan a new boot (Soloman One down from the race boot -Maybe)
Looks like I might go with the 165
post #16 of 23
OK, thanks, going out on a limb here but I am assuming that you will be skiing groomed runs with a big emphasis on GS type skiing. If that is correct and you will be skiing big mountains, then I would say the 165 to 177 would be fine, the larger the terrain, the longer the ski, in general. Others may feel different.
post #17 of 23
Right on Ron. I just went to a longer SL. Better floatation but still quick. The 150's SL got to be to much work after a few years.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
The longer I think about it the more I am convinced 165. Thanks everyone for such great help. I all ways did like Sunshine apple pie and LONG SKIIS. But still have appreciated the shaped ski with lighter swing weight and quickness edge to edge.
post #19 of 23
Yea 165 makes sense. I love my skis in 160 but I am working them all the time. [edit -- to be honest, I'm a little skeptical that 5cm one way or antoher makes that big a difference anyway..]
post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobboing
Having 2 acl injurys and 45 years on the boards (in my 19 year old mind,) get something a little fatter and you will stress the knees a lot less. Don joy braces on both knees helps alot too. Im 157lbs, ex patroller, currant instructor oand love my new volkl 724 exps.170 cm. I tried the short slalom modesl and they really do put more stress on youre tender knees. Oh well hafve fun, demo several!!
IMO your buying the wrong ski. Sorry, I think you need to look after your knee, you only get one for each leg. Think about it...

Get something more in the line of a all mountain ski, easier on your knees. As you get stronger next year or the year after, then look for a less forgiving ski.
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
The thought of a more forgiving ski did enter my mind, But after I skied on those Elans last year all I could think of was how well they skied. I never never thought I would buy an Elan over Vokle or Atomic or Rossi's. So I decided to buy. In the positive side I have been working hard at rehabing my knee. I don't expect it to be 100% this year but it does feel strong.
post #22 of 23
And you don't have to work the ski hard; they do just fine cruising around as well -- they just don't like it as much -- they'll be gently encouraging you to get those knees in shape!
post #23 of 23
Go long, young man.
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