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10cm jump between ski lengths??

post #1 of 11
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I am looking for new fat skis this year and am really frustrated at the lengths offered. My last set of straight skis I bought were available in 3cm increments from 190 to 210 or so. I challenge anyone to tell the difference between a 198 and a 201. But these days skis like the Vicious are only available in 169, 179 and 189 and they must feel like completely unrelated skis. I would ideally like something around 184 but I think if I get either 179 or 189 I am sure there will be often be times when I think I made the wrong call.

I know the tooling costs etc mean manufacturers want to make as few lengths of each ski as possible but it seems to have reached a ridiculous level. Surely it won't break the bank at K2 to make their skis in 6 or 7 cm increments, making skis available in 5 different lengths instead of just three.
post #2 of 11
3cm is an indistinguishable ski and 10cm is an unrelated ski?
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by jstraw
3cm is an indistinguishable ski and 10cm is an unrelated ski?
No, 5cm (184-179) is an unrelated ski. :
post #4 of 11
i'd have to agree with jstraw, as an aside I don't remember too many 3cm differentials in sizes, ie: 193, 196, 199 etc. I believe my old Rossi XK series were 193 (should have been 195 save for the tip being whacked off), however, as I recall, the next size was 198 not 196.

In any event, most ski series are in increments less than 10 cm, I think the limited sizes are more for the more specialized ski's where one length fits more folks preferences---or when the standard "how much do you weigh" measure has less significance.

Just my "would be "expert opinion!:
post #5 of 11
Y'gotta stop obsessing. I did too, wasn't worth it.

When in doubt (especially with fats) go with the shorter of the 2 you're tossed up between.
post #6 of 11
I find 5cm unnoticable. 10cm is where you can start to notice, an exception would be be slalom race skis. I find for fat skis you want to go longer than you would normally think, when I look at charts they usually recommend 175cm for me for fat/big mountain skis which is just too short, 185-190 is much better (5'10, 190). Some skis I think the construction changes in the longest lengths (Seth posted something on K2's forums about the 189 being stronger than the 179, something about thickness I forget).
post #7 of 11
Keep in mind that many of the "big mountain skis" have an extra layer of metal in the longest length ski, so the jump from something like the 177 to a 185 in some models gets you a significantly stiffer ski.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by kiwiski
I am looking for new fat skis this year and am really frustrated at the lengths offered. .
Me too. I have passed on buying several skis I wanted because they did not come in the "tweener" length I felt was appropriate for me (even after demoing). Manufacturers take note....
post #9 of 11
These should help solve your problem:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=26654
post #10 of 11
Vicious is not out yet.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim S
Vicious is not out yet.
Not in the US, but one of the local ski shops here has a set and there will be more available by the time our season starts in seven weeks (and counting).

In the Southern hemisphere we are a season ahead for some brands and a season behind for others. We are getting all the 2006 Volkl, Dynastar, and K2 in the next month or two. For Atomic, Rossi, Salomon we are a season behind you.

…And yes I do get the irony of getting Dynastar a season ahead and Rossi a season behind, I am interested to see which bindings will be available. We may be in the position of having the Look PX and Rossi Axial at the same time.

I am leaning towards getting the 184cm Mantra right now…
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