So I was able to Demo the Dyna 8000 in Utah. I'm 39, 5'5" and vary between 165 and 170 lbs - good condition. I demo'd a 165 and was very comfortable on it. If I had to put a number to my skier level, I would put it at an honest 6. Groomed black runs or advanced blue runs or black runs with soft bumps are OK. Being a flatlander from MO, I travel to Utah or CO to ski. I'm contemplating purchasing the ski. This would be my only ski. Perhaps I would like others, but I started on an M9 and didn't care for it. The 8000 worked well for me. I had wanted to Demo the B2, but it wasn't available and I liked the 8000 so much I didn't want to switch out again. The question is if I could not find a 165 for a good price, but could find a 172, anecdotally, what difference can I expect to notice? Will that extra length dramatically decrease the turnability of the ski. The 165 was light and tossable. The weight difference is only 110 grams. Will the extra length make that much difference in the soft bumps? Would I notice a big difference in edge grip. The 165 was perhaps a tad light in that area but nothing I worried about. I'd love to re-demo the ski in the longer length, but I may or may not have the opportunity. As the year end approaches, I'd be inclined to snag one if the prices continue to decline. But if it's only available in a 172, would I be making a mistake purchasing it without skiing it at that length? Thanks.
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2/16/05 at 8:20pm