Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Have you tried going shorter? I have gone from...
188 T-3 Epic
178 Machete Truth
178 Gravity 66
and for this year...
As my rock skis, I also have...
173 PowerKarve (actually my wifes old hand me downs)
I never thought I would ever ski anything under a 203..but again I was not walking errect and I was dragging my club in my hand at the time.
The 175's are a great size, I have no issues with fore or aft balance compared to any of the 180+cm skis. IMO, your knees will feel better too. Shorten up, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Phil, I am still loving my 190 T-3 Powers (just got them used last winter). I have knicknamed then my Golden Rockets after a Hank Snow train song. With my new boots I am in Ski Heaven this year. However, I was in our local version of Sports Authority closeout center and picked up a pair of 180 Gravity 68's for an obscenely low price. I have a 15 year old who is 5" 7" and 125 who is in love with his 165 Gravity 66's. I figure the 68's will be good in a few years and in the meantime I will try them and see if there is merit to short. I believe this ski is similar to the Machete Truth (the 68's are '3/'04 with the riser plate). How do you think they will be for someone like me (6', 175) who skis fast and loves the 190 T-3?
PS Xdoggie, How are your Volants doing for you? LewBob