Originally Posted by neesieb
Hi all - I am looking to gather as much info on the Head Wild Thang as I can in a short time period. I am looking to buy either this pair or the Dynastar Exl. Legend (see post belows from yesterday evening).
Me - Female, 35, 5'9", 185 lbs. Moderately agressive skiier - blacks, blues. Mainly on trial, looking to hit the bumps and trees more. I ski mainly in VT with a trip to the West or Austria if I am luckly once a year.
The waist on the Thang is narrower than the Legend (72 vs 75), and I don't know if that will be wide enough to power through East coast crud and deal with the occasional powder day. The sales guy was steering me towards the Thang. HELP!!
I'll repeat a discussion of float and the required width of the ski.
The surface area of the ski, density of the snow, and weight of the skier determine float in powder. Size matters, a 200 Lbs needs a 97mm wide-at-the-waist ski in a long length to get the same float as a 160 Lbs person on a shorter 78mm ski. Please review below
“Originally Posted by PhysicsMan
The following is copied over (with slight modifications) from http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ulti...t=000089#000016
, in the EpicSki Academy Planning forum:
One should be very careful about extrapolating from one's own experience using normal width skis in soft snow when making ski recommendations for people of substantially different weights. Here's why:
Lets assume that there is some validity to the oft-heard claim that mid-80's skis are the best thing since sliced bread for average weight guys (say, 175 lbs) in soft snow. Then, one can estimate the width of a ski that would give the same amount of float to a skier of a different weight. Here's a table that does this:
Thus, if you are a little slip of a 120 lb person, you will have the exact same float on a 58 mm wide pair of skinny boards that the average person (at 175 lbs.) has on his 85 mm "lite-fat" skis.
Basically, on any sub-70 mm ski currently being sold (because they are all greater than 60 mm), the 120 pounder will sink in less than the average person on his Rex's, so its to be expected that a light weight person might not fully appreciate the need for fatties (at least from direct personal experience).
At the other end of the spectrum, at 210 lbs, I will need to be on 100 - 105 mm boards to achieve the same float as Mr. Average Guy on his sticks.
Bottom line - guys, especially big guys, have a valid point in wanting to be on wide skis in soft snow. And, to head off any comments, yes, we have all skied powder in 207 cm long, 64 mm straight sticks from the past, so fatties are not absolutely required, but sure are fun and make marginal snow much easier."
I would consider the Wild thing for eastern soft snow skiing, this ski is more versatile than the Dynastar for eastern skiing. A 72 mm wide ski should be more than adequate for the heavier "soft" snow conditions out east.
Hope that helps,