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Stormrider XL lengths

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Thread Starter 
I'm a 5'9" 165lbs expert skier with a racing background and I'm considering the Stockli Stormrider XL as an all-round eastern ski. The only problem is I can't seem to decide on a length. 174 seems too short and 184 a bit too long. What would you suggest?
post #2 of 5
184 will be fine if you know how to ski.
post #3 of 5
HS is here to tell you to go longer. I'm here to tell you to go shorter. I'm 5'7" 175 lbs. and ski on last year's XL in 174cm. This ski will ski "long" - you'll see this in some of the reviews on it. I think that it would be a more versatile ski for you in a shorter length - all depends on what you want to do with it. Are you going for the "one ski" quiver or are you adding it to some other boards?
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I'm heavier than you (180lbs) and 5'9". I'm very happy on 174. I've never found them unstable at speed, too soft (that famous stormrider problem!) or lacking float (although I've never skied them in more than 18" of fresh). I guess if you are going to be skiing a lot of deep powder then more length might be good (but you'd probably be buying something fatter.

I'm not sure what the extra length would do for me other than give a larger radius. I quite like the radius on the 174 (think 18m) but if you are much keener on big sweeping turns rather than short ones you might like the 184 better.

I'd demo both 174 and 184 and would strongly suggest NOT buying the 184 unless you've demoed it.

post #5 of 5
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I've got a pair of Pocket Rockets from last year for deep snow, so i figured this ski would be a good addition. Thanks for the tips.
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