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RX8 Question..Please Help

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone..sorry for the separate post by I am anxious for responses..Again i am 6'1"223 and the RX8 skis I demoed were in the 170cm length.They seemed fine at that size(even through my rust)but coming off some ancient Fischers in 195cm I am wondering should I try it in 175 or 180 before I buy?Any input would be appreciated..Thank you
post #2 of 20
rinski123, there will be no way to tell if you don't demo them. I would expect the 170 to be good for you, especially if you demoed and enjoyed them. How fast did you go on them? Fast enough to scare yourself? If so, you're likely good, right?

If not, you could always try longers. However, at 40lbs less than you, I'm skiing the 165...
post #3 of 20
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I am sorry for not elaborating..yes before the layoff I was somewhere between advanced and expert.But I am older now and rusty so it will probably take some time to get back to a semblance of my former self...I did take them up to a good speed although it was more exciting than scary(age has not increased my common sense)I am just trying to wrap around the concept of shorter shaped skis and always like to have more speed available to use even if i dont need it..plus I am anxious to get my new equipment in time for my next trip in a few weeks instead of going through another demo session.I want to be ready for a refresher lesson or two and work off the rust..Your input is appreciated..Thank you
post #4 of 20
rinski123, I think that the 170 would probably be fine, but if you love to go really fast, most it up to the 175.
post #5 of 20
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Has anyone here besides coach tried these skis in longer than 170?I haved searched and cant find a post that says so.Coach is larger than me so him on a 180 I guess establishes the upper end of the spectrum..Thank you
post #6 of 20
I'm about 165 lbs, 5'8". I tried the RX8 in 170, and found them good to go. I'm guessing that if I had weighd 223 lbs I would have found them lacking. If I were you I would try them in a longer length, and take them through some tight big bumps to see if they are short enough for you at the longer length.

In my limited experience, longer generally demands greater effort on precision from you (too demanding a ski is not as much fun) and may hamper you in higher speed mogul carving. Shorter means you could more easily overpower them, but you can have more fun because it's easier to let them rip. Choose the length thats the most fun for you. I would be surprised if you went over 180, as the turn radius also grows with length, and you seemed to like the radius of the 170.

ALSO ONLY A GUESS, but at 223 lbs you might want to check out something a little stiffer (6*? sx11? sl11?). I hope some of the heavier guys can better advise you.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you all again for your help...I dont know if i found the RX8 wasnt stiff enough at my weight.The ones I demoed belong to my friend and they had only been skied on 2or3 times so maybe that was because they were new.He is an inch or two shorter and maybe15pds or so lighter so i didnt think our size differance was that big and he found them stiff enough.I know coach said he is much larger than me and he seems to be happy with his skis.I know some of my concern is coming off skis that were so much longer..Any more input would be appreciated..thank you
post #8 of 20
Rinski, I am 6', 225 pounds and ski the 170. They are awsome. The one thing people guarded me against was the stiffness of the ski. At my weight they are perfect. I would go for the 170 and rip up the slopes. You can't go wrong.

BTW, most of my advice before I purchased them came from Rusty Guy on this site. Rusty was a Pro Rep for Fischer and has since moved on to Nordica. He is a great guy and plays ya straight up. You may want to search him out for additional info.

All that said, I would go the 170 and don't look back.

Have fun.
post #9 of 20
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Thank you Hiddenvalley..When they say they guarded you against the stiffness was it because they said they were too stiff or not stiff enough?..I appreciate your input as you are almost exactly the same size as me..My previous skis were very stiff(Fischer Turbos in 195cm) but not as versatile and I am sure as I age I wont be going faster than I did on those plus I had to find other skis when I went out west as they were useless in anything deep or cruddy..my impression is the RX8 will be more versatile..Is that correct?..Thank you
post #10 of 20
Yes, the warnings I got were that they may be stiff for my level of ability, advanced intermediate. In talking it through with Rusty he convinced me not to worry and he was spot on. I love the ski's and have a lot of fun on them. They are fast, carve lake an electric knife through a Thanksgiving turkey, and hold an edge in the eastern ice. I have never used them out west but my thought is they would be average in deep powder because of the skinny waist. That said on groomers, steeps, and hard pack they are great. Hope that helps.
post #11 of 20

$.02

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Originally Posted by rinski123
Thank you all again for your help...I dont know if i found the RX8 wasnt stiff enough at my weight.The ones I demoed belong to my friend and they had only been skied on 2or3 times so maybe that was because they were new.He is an inch or two shorter and maybe15pds or so lighter so i didnt think our size differance was that big and he found them stiff enough.I know coach said he is much larger than me and he seems to be happy with his skis.I know some of my concern is coming off skis that were so much longer..Any more input would be appreciated..thank you
rinski, this is a lot of ski. Due to your layoff I would suggest that you go on the shorter side. I ski with guys who are your size and they love the 165. They are all expert/pros. I have spent a lot of time on this ski at different lengths (160 165 170) I always go with the smaller sized skis(160)....my preference(5'10"190#expert/pro). The only place I could use a little more length is on the gs track.
The Max length of this ski is 180cm. That says volumes. I used to ski a 210 in days gone bye. Now I never break the 170 barrier.
By what you described as your skiing ability. I would assume that you would find there is plenty of ski left(@ 165/170) when you hit your limit.
Good luck...have fun
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you Shen..When you say a lot of ski do you think they will hinder my process of re-aquiring/adjusting my skiing?I only spent about 5 hours on them before my friend was begging for them back and the only problems I had with them were mostly due to my rust not the ski..I still saw the potential in them..Thank you
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by rinski123
Thank you Shen..When you say a lot of ski do you think they will hinder my process of re-aquiring/adjusting my skiing?I only spent about 5 hours on them before my friend was begging for them back and the only problems I had with them were mostly due to my rust not the ski..I still saw the potential in them..Thank you
(IMO)....The longer lengths 175/180 may be a bit of a hindrance. That being said. This ski does display a lot of forgiveness for varied technique. The RX8 will give you great feedback as you work toward your goals.
Go for it!
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you to all of you for your input and sorry for so many questions..I am just way behind on equipment knowledge and things have changed quite a bit in the last 7 years or so.i didnt realize how much I missed it until I hit the slopes and after 10 minutes felt like I was going to explode.I appreciate finding a place to talk skiing with so many informed people.Where I live its all golf ,boats, and fishing(which I do love)so thanks to all of you
post #15 of 20
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Just an update...My new RX8's are ordered and on the way..i expect them next week..Thank you again for all the help from you guys on this forum...I cant wait
post #16 of 20
Just to put the length thing into perspective, my old skis are 208 cm Käslte SG racing skis and if I were to buy RX8s tomorrow I would go with 170 cm.
post #17 of 20
rinski123,

I'm 5'9" and two and a quarter, I have the 170's. I don't think that you will notice any difference between the 170's and 165's. If you were happy on that length when you tried them, I wouldn't worry too much, just enjoy. They are great skis.
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
Again thank you all for your input..Skis are on the way
post #19 of 20
So, rinski123, which did you get?

And, when are you coming to visit? If you make it out here, PM me and we'll hook up for some runs!
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi ssh...I went with the 170 RX8..its what I demoed and my friend whose skis they were is almost the exact same size as me and he is happy and I know I will be happy...unfortunately because my wife works for the school here in Fla and they have to make up so many days we lost to the hurricanes this year(The eyes of Irene and Jeanne went right over our house)we wont be able to make a trip out west until next year..rest assured when we do I will make sure to announce when and where so I can try to meet up with some of the Great people on this forum who have helped me with their advice..thank you
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