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Explosiv length recommendation?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am just looking for some advice on the proper length for me in the Volkl Explosiv. I'm 5'9", 165lbs, very aggressive skier. I currently ski on '03 Salomon Crossmax 10 boots (same as the X-Wave 10, different color), and Salomon Pocket Rockets, which I bent the **** out of this season, prompting a change to a stiffer more durable ski. I live in New Hampshire and ski mostly VT, but also travel out west for 3 wks every year, and this coming summer will be traveling to Chile for a month.

I enjoy the trees, and therefore am leaning towards the 173cm model, but the 180cm seems better for the wide open powder and spaced trees of the west.

Also, I'm a poor college student and thus have very little cash to spare, so a quiver isn't really an option.

Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks.
post #2 of 9
Not sure about the size you need, but you should look at this threadfor good prices. Olympic sports is having 50% sale on all their stuff...
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=23858
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks for the tip...im currently getting em for $500, but i'll check it out.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
also, a couple of seasons ago i was skiing on the K2 Kreitler Pro Model in a 178. How does this ski compare to the Explosiv in terms of stiffness?
post #5 of 9
Found these on Google.. $503 for Explosivs. Unfortunately, I'm looking for the 190s, so if there any other suggestions......

http://www.usoutdoorstore.com/istar.asp?a=6&id=EXPLOSIV05%21110&csurl=%2Fistar%2 Easp%3Fa%3D3%26dept%3D01%26class%3D02
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that's where im thinking of getting them...hope that deal is still good.
post #7 of 9
I'm 5'11", 205. I ski on a 190...it is plenty of ski, but not unmanagable, and you can really crank them on the groomed or hard packed. They are a little tough in the trees and tight spots though, but I don't think 180 will be too long.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by endlesswntr
also, a couple of seasons ago i was skiing on the K2 Kreitler Pro Model in a 178. How does this ski compare to the Explosiv in terms of stiffness?
The Kreitler is a medium flexing ski, where the Explosiv (in any length) is quite stiff. I say 180, as the 180 Explosiv sizes more like a 177.

On the other hand, there are a couple of pairs of 173's on eBay right now with no bids at all...
post #9 of 9
Definitely 180 if you ski agressively.
I got an 180 and 190 (5'10", 175lb) and feel the 180 even skies really short.
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